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Be part of the Grand Open!

June 17, 2010 / 

Be part of the Grand Open!
3331 presents Tokyo : Part 2

3331 is holding the second stage of the exhibition celebrating its grand opening from 7th-29th August. In "Part 2" further organizations resident at 3331 will present their own select works reflecting their wide social engagement which includes promoting artists with disabilities, supporting the creativity of highschool students and researching the role of art in society. In addition to their exhibitions there will also be a dedicated space for other organizations and creative practitioners to present their activities, whether in the form of exhibition, information display or participatory event.

As part of this program 3331 is particualrly keen to highlight the rich diversity of Tokyo's population and highlight the significant contribution made by the city's international community to this creative environment. Celebrating Tokyo's multitude of cultures 3331 is calling for groups and individuals who are similarly engaged in creative and social action including not only art & design but also the environment, health, education, community, human rights, international exchange and more. If you are interested to participate in this exhibition please refer to the guidelines below.

Booth: Participants are able to hire booths in the exhibition hall for the presentation of their activities each booth is 4m x 2.4m at the cost of 35000yen for 6 days (24th-29th August). A space for workshops, discussions and events is also availiable.

Deadline for application: 3rd July
How to Submit: Please send the following details to
Name of Organization:
Name of Representative:
Telephone Number:
Email Address:
Documentation of organization/individual activities + plan of materials to be presented in the exhibition

Grand Opening 26th June!!

June 17, 2010 / 

Just over a week to go to the Grand Opening of 3331 and we are full speed ahead with preparations not only for the special exhibition celebrating this occasion "3331 Presents Tokyo : Part 1" but also with putting the finishing touches to a whole host of new facilities about to open in this interdisciplinary arts centre.

3331 opened its doors in March of this year and already in a short space of time has become the active hub it aspires to. Already it has presented two major exhibitions "Look if you like but you will have to leap" and "Total Affirmation : OK. Perfect. Yes - Kosei Sasaki". It has held an international symposium for Asian Alternative Art Spaces, including participants from Singapore, Taiwan, China and Korea, as well as realizing two artist in residence programs with Taiwanese and Japanese artists. 3331 has also held numerous talk events, workshops, performance and live music events which engage all sections of the arts and local community. All of this in tandem with the multiple activities of the 30 creative organizations based at 3331. But this is only the first step.

The 26th June marks the next phase in 3331's vision. With the full opening of the centre's complete range of spaces and facilities 3331 takes the next leap in creating a brand new culture to encompass Tokyo, Japan and its wider international network.


Here is an overview of 3331's facilities and projects.

"3331 Presents Tokyo" 26th June-25th July 2010
An ambitious exhibition which aims to provide a unique insight into the phenomenon which is Tokyo, from the perspective of 3331 and its resident practitioners. With works specially selected by fine art and design organizations based at 3331 the eclectic exhibition will reflect the diversity of both 3331 and Tokyo itself and point towards the new culture which 3331 gives rise to.

Kaeru Station
A 3331 5 year commission project by the artist Hiroshi Fuji, Kaeru Station is a special point of exchange for children creating a new form of communication through the trading of old unwanted toys for "kaekko points" which can be exchanged for toys you do want. This toy paradise will be permanently hosted in the 3331 foyer space and will not only be a space to exchange toys but will also be an active space of participation, facilitating various workshops for both children and adults alike.

Asatte Asagao Project
Part of a 5 year 3331 commissioned project led by artist Katsuhiko Hibino Asatte Asagao Project involves the cultivation of morning glory flowers and the harvesting of their seeds which are then exchanged with other communities throughout Japan. The seeds have already been planted by local neighbourhood groups and the seedlings bedded with ropes leading from 3331's entrance all the way to the rooftop, so we shall have a very green façade in the near future! The seeds of the morning glory are very sensitive to the environment in which they are produced and the colour of the flowers depend change with these conditions, as seeds are harvested, exchanged and re-sowed between different areas they absorb each locality and reveal it afresh in another place.

Arts Field Tokyo - Arts Schooling Program
3331 is gearing up its plans for the launch of its schooling program scheduled to begin in September 2010. Defined by its open approach to the arts and learning this program will offer a new model of practical interdisciplinary arts engagement.

Residence Program
3331 provides an open residence program for artists, curators and creative practitioners with accommodation, studio, gallery and the assistance of a dedicated coordinator. Welcoming creative practitioners from all over the world the residence program provides a great opportunity to research, produce and exhibition in the centre of Tokyo.

POCORART is stands for Place of Core + Relation Art - creating a place from which to create art based upon interaction and sharing of our inner strengths. It brings together both the able bodied and people with disabilities in an exchange of experiences and perspectives which contribute to each individuals learning and personal development.

Insideout/Tokyo Project
Challenging Japan's Tokyo-centrism by connecting the capital with the countries many regions, nurturing a new form of support network between art projects throughout the provinces which will lead to the realization of new initiatives and collaborations. Insideout/Tokyo Project will also be creating its own archive of the extensive practices of independent arts initiatives throughout the Japan.

Connecting the city of Odate and the surrounding area in Akita prefecture with Tokyo, ZERODATE instigates new forms of creative exchange between different communities. This is an art project formed spontaneously by artists and local residents from Akita in order to rediscover the appeal of the local area and build its cultural and community strength. Through engaging in creative activity, which overcomes generation and genre, it aims to share the imagination of "Odate".

Exhibition Hall
This vast white space is host to a range of high quality exhibitions organized by 3331 and its associates, reflecting the interdisciplinary and open approach to creative practice. It is also available to proposals from outside organizations.

Community Space
The expansive foyer space of 3331 is named the "community space", an open multi-purpose space where many people can gather together, frequently used for talk events, live performances and workshops.

3331 Shop
With original 3331 goods, art & design products and a variety of related publications, the 3331 shop is the place to grab the latest imaginative and inspiring merchandise.

3331 is committed to developing a creative network not only in Japan but also throughout Asia. As part of its contribution to such a vision 3331 is developing a unique archive of alternative arts practices throughout Asia. Including video interviews, catalogues and documentation materials, this archive will gather rare documents from all over the continent and provide a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and the general public alike.

Tenant Organizations
The strength of 3331 is not dependent upon just one organization but draws its creative power from over 30 creative organizations and practitioners resident within the centre itself. The basement and second and third floors are full of dedicated spaces to these tenants ranging from cutting edge design and fine art galleries to socially engaged groups supporting all cross sections of society. Each organization has their own regular program of events which create a bustling environment with a unique energy.

Rensei Park
Rensei Park is managed by Chiyoda Ward, but is right at the entrance of 3331, making it the perfect place to relax and hang out.

Café "foodlab"

'foodlab' is a dedicated café providing great food and drink for all visitors to 3331. In addition the kitchen will also be opened to various food experts and will provide a session space for those interested in cuisine, while distributing new information about food to the public. The space will also function as a gallery and as of 26th June the Australia based artist Chaco Kato will present her "Slow Art" works here.

After seeing all the art and creative activities going on at 3331 you might need to take a little time to rest and digest all that you have taken in, the lounge is the perfect place to do this. With comfortable seating and information resources at your finger tips you can spend some time to take it easy and soak up the creative energy of 3331.

Rooftop Allotments

An art centre with a green roof! As part of its range of facilities which bring creativity and everyday life together 3331 is providing garden allotments on its rooftop for locals to grow their own vegetables and plants. Guaranteed of plenty of sun and with the added energy of 3331 the plants grown here are sure to do well.

Sports Hall
Not only suitable for all kinds of sports activities, the sports hall can be used for concerts, conferences and short-term exhibitions and much more.

Workshop Space
A space available for the facilitation of various workshops and participatory events - also available for hire.

Studio Space
An atelier space which may be used temporarily by artists and creative producers for the creation of their work.

3331 Asia Archive - Asia Alternative Arts

June 17, 2010 / 

3331 Arts Chiyoda is committed to not only forming a unique creative hub for Tokyo and Japan but is also dedicated to promoting engagement with the wider Asian region. 3331 aims to provide valuable support and resources towards establishing an artistic network throughout Asia, which, through the strength of cooperation, may realize many new ambitions.


As part of this engagement 3331 is establishing an archive dedicated to the artistic practices of individuals and organizations across Asia. This archive will bring together, in a single place, the profiles of artists, independent galleries and alternative spaces devoted to innovative approaches to art from all over the Asian region. It will provide an excellent resource not only for Japan based audiences, but through its online database will be able to disseminate and share information with international audiences and provide a significant platform for the advancement of these creative practices.

Archive Materials

We are currently requesting independent and alternative spaces/organizations to send us material for this archive. We are requesting the following materials in both hard copy and data format (if available)
Organization Introduction - please complete attached form
Documentation of recent projects - hard copy (and pdf where available)
Publicity Materials (including flyers, pamphlets etc)
Images - jpeg files
DVD//Video data
Please include a short paragraph of introduction for each of the materials supplied.

Region of Focus
We are calling for submissions from the following countries: Korea, China, Mongolia, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia

How will the archive be developed?
3331 will be creating both a physical and online archive. Catalogues, documentation etc. will be stored in the 3331 library and will be open to the public to access. Documents will be categorized by region, city and focus of activity and will provide a valuable resource for both research and general interest in the alternative arts of Asia.
An online archive will also be developed which will include artist/organization/gallery profiles, images of recent projects and downloadable pdf documentation. It may also include video documentation and interviews. We therefore appreciate any materials you are able to send in data format as well as hard copy.

How to send your materials
Please contact us by email before sending your materials. Please contact
Please inform us in this email of the materials which you intend to send and their format.

Please send materials to :
3331 Arts Chiyoda
6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 101-0021

***We apologize that we are unable to refund the cost of postage.

Tokyo Graphic Passport

June 17, 2010 / Event

Your chance to expose your work to art & design audiences in Tokyo!
The annual Tokyo Graphic Passport, organized by +81 brings together both Japanese and overseas creators in a great opportunity to share their work with each other as well as expert reviewers and the general public. In this week-long event participants are able to present their portfolios in what has become a widely acclaimed platform for some of the hottest new talent in the creative field.

Tokyo Graphic Passport also includes a series of talks, screenings and participatory events plus an international symposium with contributions from leading creative practitioners from around the world. It is the ideal forum to boost your career in art & design making new connections and gaining new perspectives.

There are 4 categories for submissions:
Graphic Design / Motion Graphic + Interactive / Photography / Art + Illustration
Review panel members include: tomato, Bergman Associates, HASHI Studio inc and G/P Gallery.

Deadline for submissions: 30th June.
Please see the website for more details:

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu : Interview

June 3, 2010 / Interview

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu Interview
Yoshiaki Kaihatsu is currently artist in residence at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. He will be in residence for 3 months until August and during this time he will not only be creating new work but also holding a series of events and workshops along with an exhibition. He kindly gave his time to answer a few questions about the residency program and his artistic practice.

Q: You have participated in many residency projects, what do you see as the function or importance of such programs?
A: Yes, I have joined a number of residency programs including ISCP, international studio & curatorial program NY, 1 month in BANFF (the media arts centre in Canada), then a residence funded by the POLA foundation at Triangle Artists Workshop and more recently a residency in Berlin, Germany. One good reason to join such programs is the opportunity to go abroad, to stay in another country and experience a new environment. This encounter of a new place, new things can be fed into the development of your own work. It is not only the chance to produce your work in reaction to this new context, but also to meet with many other people. Often a residency program is not for just one artist, but several artists at the same time, making it possible to share many ideas and experiences, learning from each other and forming a network.

Q: These residencies have been a good opportunity to engage in another country, but in this case joining the residency at 3331 in Tokyo is a rather different situation isn't it?
A: This residence still allows for a new response to one's environment and offers the opportunity to enter wider networks. It allows me to make a specific investigation of the local area, Akihabara. 3331 itself is a very unique place with so many creative practitioners under one roof it is a good opportunity to meet people as well as to reexamine the familiar image of Akihabara itself.

Q: So how is the residency going so far, what are you working on?
A: Well I am working towards an exhibition in June. In fact I am working on a double work, I suppose you could call it. I am making work for the Children's Museum in Funabashi, Chiba and also work for an exhibition at 3331. My idea is to connect the two works so visitors to one venue can become interested in the work in the other venue and create a link between the two places. For the work at 3331 I am currently making a video of the Akihabara area. I have a work made from a washing machine, with a tree growing out of it, it's called "girlfriend", as I see it as a person. I am taking this character around Akihabara going for a walk, a date I suppose. The video takes this image as its central focus but in the background the landscape is always changing, the present Akihabara with its electronics stores, maid cafes and otaku culture. I want to present this landscape as my work, to bring an awareness to the environment that we usually ignore and for this to be appreciated as a video work.

Q: So what is the present Akihabara like?
A: Well I was brought up in Yamanashi and as a child I often saw the adverts for Odenboya (he sings the theme tune - about walking in space) and Anko (Akihabara electronics stores), and as a child I imagined what Akihabara could be like. For me the image of an electric city was very strong, with its electronics and Laox stores. Wherever you went in Akihabara,, whether in the tiny backstreets or upper floors of the various you would find people selling all sorts of gadgets. But then after some time there began to spring up stores for Otaku figures, anime and manga, and in a good way these different cultures came to exist side by side. Then even more recently maid cafes started to appear. When I heard about them I thought I want to try that out, I am planning to go at least 4 times, but perhaps now is not the best time to do that. I haven't gone once yet. Anyway in my moving image work, trailing a washing machine through the streets I want to capture this eclectic image of Akihabara. Akihabara is always changing, it is not like an abandoned shopping arcade, as new buildings pop up, new businesses move in and it increasingly becomes more and more of an everyday place. I felt this time that in the next 10-20 years Akihabara will lose its character and become just another miscellaneous part of the city.

Q: In this residency program you are not only producing your own work but also engaging the public in a wide variety of workshops and events, could you tell us more about these?
A: Well it started with the welcome party where we held a live performance and I will go on to show video works I have produced or been involved in, along with a talk show. I will also be holding a series of workshops for adults. As I have been provided with this space and support I want to share something with the visitors to 3331, to activate participation, not just making work to show people but to share something, to put something out.

Q: You are holding a "workshop for making a workshop" I hear, along with a workshop especially for children. It sounds interesting. In your activity are you often facilitating workshops and working with children for example?
A: Yes I am often making workshops, often children's workshops. Perhaps it is not by design, but rather that many galleries and arts facilities are keen to engage children and I somehow become involved in this. Through this I have come to consider the role and function of workshops. This time I decided I wanted to facilitate a workshop for adults. I am sure there are many kinds of workshops which adults can enjoy the experience of but in this particular case I want to think about how to make a workshop together. I will introduce my works and previous workshops and hope participants will generate a response to this. It's not just the case of sharing my knowledge and experience. For me the process of making something is very interesting, to show the final product is not enough, I want people to enjoy this experience together, this is a pure motivation. I want the participants to generate something themselves over 4 weeks and to realize this together while having fun.

Q:In your work interaction seems to take a central role. I wonder how much you have to create a framework for such interaction how much do you want to control what happens and how much freedom do you want to leave to what can occur?
A: To be honest I don't really think about the framework that much. Rather I think if I do this I might get this reaction. It is more a case of opening a space for something to happen.

Q: Taking a quote in relation to your work "Perfect World", it says that in many of your works deal with communication and attempt to foster a positive relationship. I wonder if you could say a bit more about the role of communication in your work?
A: I use many different means of expression, my work includes performance and installation for example. But I don't set out to create communication for communication's sake. Take the example of 365 project, where people from all over the country agreed to show 365 objects of my work. Over 1 year I visited to each of these places and became a kind of commentator. I spoke with the local people about what they thought about the work and if they didn't know how to react I would explain my motivation for making such a thing. It is through such objects that a natural relationship between people was formed, offering the chance to meet and exchange, and finally this communication can also be taken as work in itself. It is this kind of process which is important to me.

Q: Again referring to the previous quote I would like to pick up the word positive. This positivity is also an important feature of your work I believe.
A: Well at the moment I like something funny, something with humour, something fun. Probably my "hobby" will change but this has been very important for me.
Q: While this positivity and humour exists there is also a critical element contained within it.
A: Well you can say perhaps there is some critical comment about culture or society behind the work, that's obvious, but the surface humour has an important energy which I really want to encourage.

Q: In many of your works you have used Styrofoam why did you decide to work with this particular material?
A: Well I started to work with Styrofoam in 1990. I was working for a casting company and often using Styrofoam to make maquettes etc. Styrofoam is a very convenient material, it is easy to shape, its cheap and light. In sculpture there is an appreciation of materials such as wood for smell and ease of carving, metal for its quality of melting at high temperature, but for me I take a different perspective. I want to use materials which seem to have no value, to create a new value from these in some way. The transformative properties of Styrofoam are very interesting for me. For example you buy some product carefully packaged like headphones, a dvd player, a microwave etc. and carefully carry it home, the material at this time is something protective and necessary. But as soon as you have reached home and opened the box the Styrofoam loses its function and it becomes rubbish. This manner of becoming rubbish holds something important to me. I take this rubbish and redesign it put it together in a new form and in re-using this material it suddenly becomes valuable again, the moment in which this becomes valuable is very interesting for me.

Q: You are also very active in organizing events, residences, exhibitions as well as producing your own work. Do you see this activity as part of your practice as an artist, or do you take a different position as a curator/organizer?
A: Well I don't really think about it, but basically as an artist I create things and this activity can be included in this. It doesn't really matter if it is an artist or curator or whatever, that you organize such events, what is important is to nurture that network and bring artists together. For example when I was younger I established a space in Kunitachi with a good friend "FADs Art Space". At the time it was popular to have 1-2 week exhibition in a rental gallery and young people had become familiar with this form but we wanted to create a different kind of model for presenting work and so at this space we facilitated long term exhibitions of several months, being flexible with the amount of time that could be spent in the presentation of art work. Also I was aware that when international artists came to Tokyo and held their exhibition they had an opening event but then they were pretty much on their own and I wanted to create an environment which would allow for greater interaction between international artists and young Japanese artists. If the current situation doesn't fit me then I try to make a new situation which does.

Q: One of your renowned projects included "Thank You Art Day" - a special event held on 9th March every year in celebration of art. What motivated you to start such a project?
A: Well this was born from the same motivation, in approaching many different artists I came to appreciate a certain discontent with the current art world, the current way of appreciating art and wanted to change this custom, to create a different value a new way of being for art. There have been various efforts to engage a wider audience for the arts for example the popular art festivals but perhaps there are more possibilities I thought. By creating a celebration, a memorial for art I wanted to give people who would not usually hold an interest in art an opportunity to encounter it in some new form and through such activity I hoped this could expand engagement and broaden the arts world. However it is difficult to expand the event and keep it going, yet still it has been running for 10 years now. I can not say if it has been a success or not yet. Many say that the number of people are interested in art is limited, the same people go to every opening event etc. but if this kind of event keeps going then I hope this can change.

Q: What do you plan to do after this residence?
A: Hm, well I have a feeling that even when the residence has finished will it will in fact still carry on.... Actually I have an exhibition in Kobe which I will be making new work for as well as a 1 month workshop project with elementary school children in Chiba. Well I am sure I will continue to flay about here and there.

Born in Yamanashi 1966. MA in Tama Art University. Since 1988, he has been energetically exhibiting works internationally. for more information please visit his web site:

interview conducted by emma ota

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