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August 27, 2010 / Info

Well it has taken us long enough, but we have finally got our facebook page together. Please join us for regular updates on all our events and activities, reviews, interviews and special behind the scenes reports.

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3331 on twitter

August 27, 2010 / Info

While 3331 has been busy away tweeting regularly in Japanese it has taken us a little bit longer to get started with an english version but we are happy to announce its launch as of today. Please visit and become a follower for regular updates on all the activities of 3331 arts chiyoda.

Elisabeth Smolarz & Lucie Kim : Artists in Residence

August 27, 2010 / 

As of 5th September two artists hailing from America, Elisabeth Smolarz and Lucie Kim will be joining the 3331 Artist & Curator Residence Program. Both artists pursue a highly participatory and socially engaged practice which questions the structures and social norms of society. Elisabeth Smolarz has been involved in a long term project "The One Hundred Dollar Project" which is being carried out in all the G8+5 member countries, questioning what people will do for one hundred dollars for 1 hour of work. This project will be realized as a video installation, and Japan will be her 10th installment. Smolarz plans to collaborate with local people in the realization of this project. What will you do for $100?


Lucie Kim is also undertaking a project which involves the participation of local residents. In "Wake Up/Make Up" Kim is calling for Tokyo's female population to reveal their "true" selves, asking them to have their photo taken immediately after waking up, and then again when they have dressed and made their face up. Full details are below:


Looking for Participants:
I am looking for women who will allow me to photograph them right when they wake up
and once they put make up on. You do not need to wear a lot make up. The project just
shows the difference between the private and public image.

About the Project:
In 2003 I have started the Wake Up/ Make Up Project. Each morning I take a picture of myself immediately after I wake up and once I have put make up on and am ready to leave my apartment.
The project stems from the realization that women only show their unadorned self to a
selected group of people. For most women it is only the close family that sees them without make up. The project grew to include other women. The ongoing photography project highlights the difference of the public image and the private one.
Lucie Kim -

Elisabeth Smolarz and Lucie Kim will be in residence between 5th-24th September.

Change in gallery closing day

August 25, 2010 / Press Release

As of the next exhibition "3331 Independents" beginning on 8th September 2010, the gallery closing day will change from Monday to Tuesday. As national holidays often fall on Mondays we would like to offer as many people as possible the opportunity to visit 3331 and so have decided to change the regular closing day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

1. Until 29th August the gallery will continue to be closed on Mondays.
2. As of 8th September the gallery will be closed on Tuesdays.
 In the case that Tuesday is a national holiday the gallery will close on the following Wednesday. In the case of consecutive national holidays or exhibitions led by other organizations other than 3331 it may be that the gallery closure falls on a different day. Please check the specific event information for full details.

National Holidays on Tuesdays
(in which case the gallery will close on the following Wednesday)
23rd November 2010
3rd May 2011
20th March 2012
1st January 2013

Please note
In the case of exhibitions led by outside organizations it may be that gallery closure falls on a different day or is open throughout the event period.

Tokyo DIY Gardening Workshop

August 24, 2010 / Review

Tokyo DIY Gardening Workshop took place at 3331 on 21st September 2010, led by Jared Braiterman and Chris Berthelsen. The workshop brought together participants from all parts of Tokyo to investigate its green and grey areas.

Jared Braiterman is currently a researcher at Tokyo University of Agriculture and has established "Tokyo Green Space" to investigate creative solutions to the lack of readily availiable green spaces in the centre of the city.

Chris Bethelsen has been researching the DIY spirit of Tokyo's locals in "Fixes" highlighting alterations of space/objects at the public/private boundary in suburban Tokyo.

The workshop was a great success, with all participants highly enthused to engage in dialogue about their experiences of Tokyo's green side. Kicking off with an insightful presentation by Jared, the group then got going with some pre-gardening excerise (the importance of which Chris emphasised to us all), then the group began on the main task. To map the green and grey of Tokyo.

Starting with a plain sheet of paper, with a single green circle upon it (yes the yamanote line) the group began to map out Tokyo and to share their personal experinces of nature filled places, and others where these are severly lacking. The end result was an impressively multi-dimensional schematic of the concrete city which suprisingly has a great deal of green if you look carefully.

Thanks to Jared and Chris for a great workshop and we look forward to their further activities.








August 24, 2010 / Review

The second part in the special exhibition as part of 3331 Presents TOKYO:Part 2 launched on 20th August under the title of "TOKYO DIVERSITY". The exhibition aims to highlight the richness of Tokyo's creativity and its multi-cultural nature. The exhibition brings together creative practitioners hailing from Asia, America, Africa and Europe with 6 select exhibits which the reflect Tokyo's internationalism. A great chance to catch a taste of the multiplicity of expressions and international networks which exist in the city.


Architecure design unit BAKOKO have created a highly orignal structure made of living plants, under the title "Living Room". Hanging from the ceiling are a miriad of Spanish moss tendrils, creating a curtain of green, enwrapping the viewer as they enter the space, within which an overview of BAKOKO's projects is presented.

3331 is also very pleased to present the highly acclaimed work of Wafrica, a merge of African and Japanese aesthetics in the form of the kimono. Here a series of photos of both Japanese and African models capture the unique designs of Serge Mouangue who has envisioned a new form of kimono using African textiles.


John Moore Organics presents an overview of the organizations diverse activities which include workshops, seminars and organic tours as well of course as engaging in organic farming in many areas throughout Japan.


etteda is a creative project between artists, designers and architechts in Japan and Korea. Now in its 4th year the project brings together creative practitioners in artistic collaboration and cultural exchange.


HAA! House of African Art is a new initiative aimed at promoting awareness of African arts in Japan. Here the work of both Afican painters and sculptors as well as Japanese artist Nisho Yoshinari who has been engaged in a long term project in Nairobi.

dislocate is an international media art project taking place annually in Tokyo examining the relation between art, technology and locality. This year it will be hosted by 3331, and will take the form of an arist in residence program with artists from Japan, India, China and Indonesia exloring the possibilities of media technology in the realization of democracy and social engagement.

In the News

August 24, 2010 / Review

3331 is in the local english-language press of Japan Times and Metropolis this month, with an overview of its facilities and vision, as well as an introduction to one of the participating artists in the current "TOKYO DIVERSITY" exhibition. Please see the below links.

Japan Times


HAFU Project

August 11, 2010 / Review

"3331 Presents TOKYO:Part 2" includes a specially invited project initiated by Natalie Willer and Marcia Lise, known as the "HAFU Project". "HAFU" (half) has become a common phrase to describe someone who has a family background of both Japanese and another "ethnicity". The term is used widely but what is the connotation of this term and how does it reflect our thinking towards ethnicity, nationality and identity?

If someone is designated a "hafu" does this mean they can not be fully Japanese?
There are numerous debates which can be instigated by this term, the political correctness of which is itself highly debateable, and yet this debate does not seem to have a public footing. The image of Japan as a homogeneous society has always been a mirage, and any notion of "race" is itself an imaginary concept, we can claim, but in the last decades with greater ease of transport and global networks, the internationalization and diversity of not only Japan but countries world-wide has highly increased. With such diversity and mix of backgrounds, why then do we still insist on definitions of nationality and ethnicity?

The HAFU project undertakes to question these notions by relating the experiences of people who have roots in different cultures/countries in addition to Japan. The collaboration between photographer Natalie Maya Willer and sociologist Marcia Yumi Lise is a powerful binding of visual expression and social/theoretical investigation. Working with other artists, creative practitioners and researchers, they have been evolving the project over three years, including exhibitions, interviews, seminars and workshops. The team are now in the process of creating a feature film which examines the experiences of individuals and families of mixed Japanese background.

The HAFU project members have very kindly put great effort into realizing a special exhibition as part of "3331 Presents TOKYO" show. Natalie has travelled all the way from Germany, where she is based, especially for this exhibition, bringing the work with her. Here the they present a photographic series, accompanied by interviews and a short preview to their upcoming film. In addition a special addition catalogue is on sale, which highly detailed and insightful commentary upon the debates of "hafu" identity.
Furthermore on 13th August (Friday) from 19:00-22:00, they will be holding a seminar event entitled "Nibun-no-ni (Two out of two)" vol 2 which will discuss the complex issues of ethnicity and identity and the particular experiences of "hafus".

We highly encourage you to come to this event, join the debate and learn a new perspective.

For more information please visit:

3331 Presents TOKYO : Part 2 - Now Open!

August 7, 2010 / Review

3331 Presents Tokyo : Part 2 has now opened!
The second part in this exhibition celebrating the grand opening of 3331 Arts Chiyoda opened today, 7th August and will run until the 29th August. Again the gallery is filled with an exciting range of works with participation from creatives from all walks of life and many different backgrounds. From young children, to students, to people with disabilities, to the international community, to centenarians, this exhibition encompasses a wide social field, allowing everyone to enjoy the positive activities engaged in by the many groups exhibiting in this show.
Here is a small taste of what is on offer:

A Guide to 3331 Arts Chiyoda

August 7, 2010 / Introduction

3331 Arts Chiyoda
3331 - a place to encounter multiple expressions

Based in the renovated Rensei Junior High School 3331 Arts Chiyoda creates a space in which leading artists and creatives have the freedom to present their diverse expressions. 3331 brings together cutting edge art with the familiar everyday.

The first floor gallery presents an exciting range of exhibitions highlighting 3331's unique vision of the art scene. 3331 aims to break the barrier of inaccessibility often associated with art museums and instead create an art space which everyone can enter at ease, including a wide range of spaces which visitors can enjoy for free. While walking throughout the arts centre you can sense the creative energy which makes up 3331 through the diverse range of artists and creative practitioners based here.

3331 is an active space hosting a wide range of events and exhibitions and transmitting a new form expression not only as a hub for Tokyo, but also acting as a hub which links Japan's various regions and that of wider Asia, with the objective of forming an international base for a new kind of art.

"3331" is intent on becoming a leading base for the advancement of arts in Asia, expounding a new value and promoting creativity through truly international cultural and artistic exchange.

Main characteristics of "3331"
●New programs supporting artists' creativity as a driving force for community development
3331 will carry out a range of programs which will approach artists from a wider perspective as those engaged in creative expression, and harness their creative dynamism to feed into local contexts. The emphasis of this program will not be solely upon its results, but also upon the motivation and process of artistic production and expression.

●Promoting culture internationally with the support of the cosmopolitan Akihabara district, located at the center of Chiyoda Ward in Tokyo, Japan.
Fostered by the central support of the cosmopolitan Akihabara district and radiating from Chiyoda ward at the heart of Japan' s capital, 3331 aims to become a significant art platform for artistic and cultural exchanges at both international and regional levels. Moreover, the centre will build upon the traditions rooted in the local Chiyoda area, which inherits customs, celebrations and cultures from the Edo Period, linking the past with the future.

●Increasing cultural strength thanks to various cultural organizations gathered into a single institution
Several organizations working actively in various fields will undertake mutual exchange and collaboration, gathering under a single structure in the support of artistic and creative production, fostering positive relationships with new forms of art, and openly welcome the participation of citizens as well as young artists.

●Putting forward cutting edge programs and ideas in a place dedicated to the training and support of artists
3331 offers programs and support adapted towards the nurturing o f artists with a global outlook, regardless of their age, combined with personal development programs specifically focusing on global cultures. Furthermore, creative programs dedicated to children, workers, the elderly and disabled people are also broadly proposed, welcoming anyone who wishes to carry out cultural activities.

Key Features of 3331 Arts Chiyoda
★Exhibitions for a new arts engagement
The first floor gallery will be holding regular exhibitions. This is a gallery space which allows one to engage upon a new level with art, presenting stimulating exhibitions which aim towards a freer conception of art beyond the art museum.
★A relaxing space where everyone can come together
3331 offers a wide range of spaces which everyone can freely enter and enjoy, from the park in front of the centre up to the wood deck patio, through to the community space, to the lounge space filled with arts information.
★A café space to enjoy art and food together
In the first floor café space - Foodlab - you can enjoy good food and drink while being surrounded by art. In addition the kitchen will be opened to various food experts and provide a session space for those interested in cuisine, while distributing new information about food to the public.
★A select archive of art information
The lounge space is filled with the latest arts information from 3331, Japan's various regions and from all over Asia. Here you can relax in this comfortable environment and look through the select range of materials.
★Rooftop Allotments
On the rooftop 32 allotment spaces (3.3㎡)are provided for gardening enthusiasts. Offering the opportunity to grow your own plants and vegetables while enjoying the rooftop space and communicating with fellow gardeners. Guidance by a gardening expert will also be offered each month.
★A multitude of events and exhibitions to see and join
The former classroom spaces are filled with a diverse range of tenant organizations with studios, galleries and offices throughout the arts centre. All are welcome to visit the exhibitions and participate in various workshops and events organized by these creative practitioners.

3331's main gallery hosting regular exhibitions. Tickets may be purchased from the reception desk at the entrance of the gallery. Entrance fee varies from each exhibition.
The best café for lunch, dinner and tea time, also holding various events including exhibitions and collaborations with food experts. Opening hours: 10:00~23:00
●Community Space
You are welcome to take a little rest in this space. Various events and workshops are also held here. (These events may require an entrance fee.)
The lounge is a place full of art information. Here you may browse through the various art materials, discuss the work you have see and leisurely spend your time.
●KAERU Station
This is an open space devoted to the "kaekko" project of artist Hiroshi Fuji where children may exchange their unwanted toys and use them as materials for their own creative activities.
●103 Tobimushi
Tobimushi proposes a way of living with nature/the forest through which a connection is formed between people and community, engaging in the promotion of sustainable community redevelopment.
●104 Baiten
Local products, goods filled with ideas, delivered to you with a story. A take-out shop with various delicious foods made from local produce.

●201/202 AKIBATAMABI21
AKIBATAMABI21 is a space run by Tama Art University for the presentation of work by young artists. Graduates of Tama Art University are actively developing this space in mutual collaboration.
●203/205 Project Space
A space for various projects to be realized, including utilization as the artist in residence studio and gallery.
●204 +81 Gallery+Lab
This is a project space devoted to presenting the work of both Japanese and international artists as well as publishing collections of art works and supporting exhibitions overseas, with a particular focus upon nurturing young artists.
●206a ZERODATE Art Centre Tokyo
The Tokyo base for ZERODATE, an art project initiated in Odate, Akita prefecture. This is a multi-purpose space not only for the facilitation of art projects but also for distributing information about Akita and the local community and encouraging new forms of exchange.
Artist Initiative Command N
This is an artist group committed to the organization and facilitation of alternative art projects. At 3331 this group aims to develop a new relationship between art and the local community.
●207 St.ART+
A base for the distribution of information about the creative activities of high school students throughout the country. Supporting the creative practitioners of the future, who have a strong desire to create something new.
●208 A/A gallery A/A shop (Abla Art Japan)
This is Japan's first commercial gallery for the promotion of work produced by artists with disabilities, run by NPO Able Art Japan.
●209 TANIKADO ARTS                                       
A contemporary gallery specializing in discovering young arts and promoting them to the world. Also facilitating lectures and producing various publications.
●Sports Hall
A vast space of approximately 630㎡ which may also be used for various creative activities.

●302 Tokyo Art Point Project ROOM 302
Tokyo Art Point Project is engaged in creatively promoting the citizen/community participation in the appreciation of Tokyo, activities include the nurturing the talents of individuals through various projects, meetings, lectures and seminars.
●303・304 g3/ tripleg
The project room of editor and creative director Shigeo Goto, made up of the combination of "superschool", "gallery" and "editroom".
●305 ASYL
The creative space of art director Naoki Sato, who has also played a leading role in the overall design of 3331. Engaging in planning, direction and design.
The creative space of producer, programmer, editor and designer Gabin Ito. Facilitating various projects in illustration, web design, moving image, exhibitions and other events.
●307 SWITCHSCIENCE / Handazuke Café
SWITCHSCIENCE offers a range of electronic parts/goods for sale. Run in tandem is the open space "Handazuke Café" where tools are made available for the creation of various electronics.
●308 SMN office
The active space of SMN, the organizers of national competitions for high school students in film, music and animation as well as publishers of the magazine "Ss'" promoting the work of creative high school students.
●309/310 Street Media
Street Media are engaged in projects of area casting, which aims to activate people and promote regional development by means of information distribution linked with digital signage and mobile phone services.
●311/312 Share Office
A space shared by many different tenant organizations.
●313 Project Space
A project space with a regularly changing program. Currently it is exhibiting the project "HEARTBEAT-PORTRAITS in Chiyoda", a visual recording of individuals' heartbeats.

●B101/B102/B104 Studio
Studio space of 3331's art schooling program, used by students for the production of their work.
Wood workshop and preparation space of the management team.
●B105 Multi-Purpose Space
A multi-purpose space suitable for various events including screenings and exhibitions.
The printing studio of printing company Seikosha, which is approaching its 100 year anniversary in 2013. RENSEI PRINT PARK produces the various print materials of 3331 and also holds exhibitions of publications.
●B107  Bambinat Gallery
A gallery specializing in contemporary art, in particular promoting the work of young artists.
●B108 Atelier
A studio space available for rent.
CfSHE ANNEX organizes international artist projects, exchanges and workshops and distributes information about various artist in residence programs around the world
●B110 sagacho archives
An archive space for the activities and documentation of sagacho exhibit space. This is a space for exhibition, discussion and showcasing of the archive.
●B111 Able Art Studio (Able Art Japan)
An art studio which anyone can join. Facilitating various workshops and talk events which tackle art, society and well-being. Also welcoming proposals!

●Rooftop Allotments
The rooftop space formerly used as a playground has been converted into rentable allotments where keen gardeners can nurture their own plants and vegetables.

The main purpose of this program is to encourage long-term encounters between local residents and significant Japanese artists, within an initial period of 5 years.
Katsuhiko Hibino - Artist
[Day After Tomorrow Project] in Tokyo
The [Day After Tomorrow Project] began with the local residents of Azamihira (Tôkamachi City, Niigata Pref.) in 2003 and quickly spread to more than 20 areas all over the country. This project takes the form of a continuous cycle of seeding, flowering and harvesting morning glories and exchanging the seeds between regions, encouraging an awareness in "taking every seed into better consideration" and furthering a respect for the efforts of local residents, it aims at inducing new encounters and exchanges between people.
Born in Gifu City in 1958, Hibino graduated from the master' s course of Tokyo University of the Arts. He obtained domestic and international recognition with the body of work created from cardboard during his student years and went on to develop activities in a wide spectrum of fields, including stage design and public art. Since 2003, he has launched various initiatives still ongoing and energetically spreading all over the country, such as the [Day After Tomorrow Project], the [SEED TRIP] (introduced at the Yokohama Triennale in 2008) or the [Yokohama FUNE (BOAT?) Project] (a project developed with the collaboration of local residents for the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Port of Yokohama in 2009).

Kazuhiko Hachiya ‒ Media Artist
[Akihabara ‒ Tsukutte Mita Labo]
As demonstrated through engineering based projects and experiments like [DorkBot] or [Make :Meeting], there are still many hidden interactions and potential fusions between art and engineering that may be explored.
He was born on April 18 (Invention Day) 1966 in Saga Prefecture and graduated from the Faculty of Visual Communication Design (Kyushu Institute ofDesign). His works mainly consist of a series of special commun ication tools, like [Inter Dis-communication Machine] and [Seeing Is Believing], and others with special functions such as [AirBoard], a jet-powered skateboard, and [OpenSky]. As the developer of the [PostPet] email software, he is a representative director of PetWORKs and works on the development and direction of PostPet-related software.

Hiroshi Fuji - Artist
[KAERU Station]
Acknowledging the extensive activities which have arisen not on ly in Japan but all around the world from the "kaekko" tradition, which allows children to exchange and play with no longer wanted toys, 3331 has dedicated specific spaces to permanently accommodate the [KAERU Station] project. As a "workshop for children", it is meant to cultivate community activities and induce more interaction with their close environment and the local residents.
Born in 1960 in Kagoshima Prefecture, he graduated from the Kyoto University of Arts (Department Of Crafts) in 1985 and travel ed to Papua New Guinea to teach at thecountry's National Art University as a me mber of the Japan Overseas Cooperation of Volunteers (JOCV) bet ween 1986 and 1988. He established his own studio in 1992, based in Itoshimagen Nijô City (to become Itoshima City in 2010, Fukuoka Prefecture), and worked as a part-time teacher for the universities of Kobe (spatial compositions, workshops, etc.), Kyushu (architectural design exercises ) and Kyushu Sangyo (contemporary art theory). He has developed several projects based on principles of " Dialogue and Local Development " added to a high degree of awareness towards "Local Resources, Appropriate Technology and Cooperation".

Managing Organization
The organization of commandA has already gathered many experiences in managing art projects under the name commandN over a period of 10 years.

Masato Nakamura - Tokyo University of the Arts - Associate professor of the painting faculty
●Educational activity : Teaches on the BA, MA and research graduate courses
●Social activities : 1997 to date - Founder of command N - a non-profit artists initiative
●Art activities : 49th Venice Biennale as a Japan representative, [Akihabara TV]
- an international video art festival
Nakamura has planned and produced a large variety of art projects
which bring together local residents, students, businesses and industries

Peter Bellars
Takuma Ishiyama, Mitsunori Sakano, Yûmi Shishido, Tomomi Ohzone, Tokumasa Matsubuchi, Kohei Aida
Plan and produce exhibitions and art projects
Plan, produce and advise new programs related to regional art activities and art in education
Plan and produce graphic design and production design
Hidetoshi Kita (Office KITA Former Chairman) ‒ Ishibashi Foundation
Shinji Ootorii (Representative) ‒ Kanda Shrine
Ryohei Miyata (President) ‒ Tokyo University of the Arts
Yoshitsugu Shimizu ‒ Afternoon Society
Tetsuya Ozaki (Representive) ‒ ART IT Ltd
Naoki Sato (Representative) Asyl Ltd.
Kosai Hori (Artist / Professor) ‒ Tama Art University
Katsuhiko Hibino (Artist / Professor) ‒ Tokyo Art University
Teruyo Ichikawa (Internship coordinator) ‒ Rikkyo University

[Tokyo Rabbit Paradise ‒ TraP](2001~2004)
The [Tokyo Rabbit Paradise Project] gathered the video works made
by 40 Tokyo-based artists in order to bring a sharp new perspective
on Tokyo life, pointing towards a way of living closer to the "Rabbit
Paradise" rather than the rabbit-hutch existence more often
portrayed. The project went to the Selfridges Department Store,
Venice, Sidney, Milan, Weimar and the Busan Biennale.

[Akihabara TV] (1999~2003)
[Akihabara TV] is an international video art festival staged in Tokyo's
Akihabara Electric Town with TVs, computers and VCR streaming
medleys of 1-minute movies about Akihabara using the electric al
equipment of the shops and buildings all around the district. After the
initial impulse, led by thirty Japanese and foreign artists, Ak ihabara
TV_02 and Akihabara TV_03 further gathered more than one hundred
participating artists.

Artists Initiative commandN(1998~)
"commandN" is an artist initiative organization with a core group of 9
members all dedicated to Contemporary Art. Through unique art projects
and cross-disciplinary and organically formed networks of the "powwow"
talk sessions and various other activities, communication of both
transmission and reception is practically formed by the group.

Regional Code Asia vol.3 Simon Soon & Chi Too

August 5, 2010 / Review

Wednesday 4th August saw the third in our series of presentations by creative practitioners from around Asia. This time we were pleased to host the curator/writer Simon Soon and conceptual artist Chi Too, from Malayasia. Under the title of "Playing with the Public" the two creatives introduced a number of projects initiated by themselves and other artists in Malaysia which seek to challenge our notions of public space.
Simon Soon is currently in Tokyo under the The Japan Foundation "JENESYS Programme: Invitation Programme for Creators" and investigating the city's arts resources. He is a key a key leader in the arts scene of Kuala Lumpur and has a highly in depth understanding of contemporary art from the wider South East Asian region. Having engaged in the commercial art world as well as seeking to find new expressions outside of the system, Simon is well placed to comment upon both the art market and the alternative arts movement in Malaysia. He also plays an important role in trying to encourage the engagement of new audiences with art, and widening participation and disscussion in this field, particularly promoted by the internet site arteri (, which allows the public to comment upon and review the arts and has already gained much success within its first year.

In his presentation Simon idenitified three main types of creative public engagement. Firstly he introduced the notions of participation through the utlization of web 2.0, then the physical mobilization of groups and lastly building encounters and dialogues through performance.

In terms of web 2.0 and social media Simon introduced the activities of popfolio and internet forum which hosts a net based TV show "pop TV" which includes "The Fairly Current Show" and the "The Effing Show" which try to draw young people into critical debate upon social and political issues through various humorous strategies. Further to this he presented the ironic "6th Kuala Lumpur Triennale", devised by Ray Lagenbach in 2009 which was an imaginary Triennale taking place only on second life. Other projects included Projek Angkat Rumah, 2008 in which crowds of people came together to move a house through the street, Sudden Death, 2009, a project organized by Mark Teh in response to the assaination of an opposition leader who was pushed from a tower block, Let Arts Move You, 2007, a project taking place on trains with performances, screenings and installations, Contemporary Art in Schools, 2008, which brought contemporary artists into a junior high school to work with students and realize collaborative projects, and finally Buka Mulut, 2010, a performance night taking place in a family resturant, again engaging a very new audience to art practices.

Chi Too is an artist whose career has only spanned 1 year yet has already achieved a great deal. With a background in activist film direction/production for NGOs Chi Too has always been trying to make a statement, but when it comes to art he avoids heavy handed messages, becoming tired already by the over-political traditions in Malaysian contemporary art. Instead he makes jest of the art system, subverting its values and attempting to engage the arts scene in self-mockery.

Chi Too went on to introduce more projects which he has been directly engaged in including the activities of "The Best Art Show in the Univers", including everything from cookery lessons to giant tiger pinata to watching paint dry. Pushing his playful humour, wit and irony to a peak in the collaborative project with Simon Soon in the "3rd Pyongyang International Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur 2010". An art festival taking place in an abandoned house in a popular area of KL, with all artists supposedly hand selected by the "dear leader", with installations, performances and live bands and the participation of highly respected curators and civil servants, proving to be a highly successful event.

Avoiding direct commentary on political/social conditions but highly mindful of the siutation around him, Chi Too makes humorous, sutble gestures which attempt to infiltrate the public awareness. In response to the burning of a church in ethnic clashes, Chi Too sought to reassure people by initiating the project "Everything's going to be alright", gathering a crowd of friends and strangers in a central commercial district to give out flowers to passers by. He is now using this public space as a regular platform for performative events, including "The Most Important Thing in the World", a performance by Sharon Chin who invited strangers to listen to each others hearbeats, and the recent "Flash Mop", a play on the term flash mob, bringing groups of participants together who proceeded to mop the streets.

Finally Chi Too spoke about his ongoing project 'Main Dengan Rakyat' (playing with the people) which is running every month in the national square of KL. This is a highly politicized and highly regulated space, which is utilized for nationally endorsed events and also as a space for oppositional protest. WIth a high lack of public spaces in Malaysia, with only malls and cafes allowing for people to come together in any sense of the public, Chi Too attempts to reclaim spaces for public use through the innocent activity of playing childhood games on the wide green space of the national square. A group of people now join together regularly to play games here, despite the 27 by-laws which prohibit any kind of action in the space. Through a very simple inoffensive action Chi Too has been able to infiltrate the space and defy the regulations which prevent participation from the public.

Simon Soon and Chi Too offered a highly engaging insight into the relation of art and public space in Malaysia, with critical commentary and observations not only upon the arts scene but also upon the social, political and economic situation in the country which is very much the point of departure for many of these creative acitivities.
We are very grateful to Simon Soon, Chi Too and also Darryl for his great translation.

You can view the presentation on ustream

3331 presents TOKYO : Part 2 Events

August 3, 2010 / Exhibition

With the summer holidays now underway, 3331 is pleased to open an exhibition which can be enjoyed by all the family, with a full range of activities specifically targeting children and parents. In addition to the highly anticipated main exhibits by Able Art Japan, Hafu Project, Shouichi Ono's Centenarian Portraits and "sento" (public bath) scenery experts Sento Shinkousha, 3331 is hosting a whole series of events everyday throughout the exhibition period. In the first half of this exhibition part of the gallery space will be especially devoted to children's creative acitivites "Child's Play". With exciting exhibits produced by groups and companies specializing in creative play and learning for children as well as daily workshops with hands on fun for all ages, 3331 is a great place to spend the summer break.
Furthermore in the second half of the exhibition 3331 is offering a platform to Tokyo's international community celebrating their own contribution to the creativity of the city in "TOKYO DIVERSITY", with exhibitors hailing originally from Europe, Africa and Asia this program offers this program offers an expanded international perspective on the city we inhabit, also to be accompanied by talk events and workshops by HAA! House of African Art, Tokyo Green Space and dislocate.
And if that isn't already engough, the diverse range of creative organizations hosted at 3331 will also be holding talk events, performances and seminars throughout the exhibition period. This summer is the perfect time to join 3331.
7th August
12:00-14:00 Children's Workshop "Face Card" : Lounge
14:00-16:00 Children's Workshop "Kaekko" : Community Space
15:00-17:00 Children's Workshop "Face Card" : Lounge
18:00-21:00 Opening Party : Community Space
8th August
12:00-18:00 The Power of a Smile - Photo Session for over 75s : Gallery
12:00-16:30 Able Art Cultural Forum : Community Space
10th August
13:00-15:00 Children's workshop "Movie Card" : Lounge
16:00-18:00 Children's workshop "PeKay the piglet picture book" : Lounge
11th August
13:00-15:00 Children's workshop "PeKay the piglet picture book" : Lounge
16:30-18:30 Children's workshop "Digital Play talk event" : Lounge
12th August
13:00-18:30 Children's workshop "Viscit"+"Anime Card" : Lounge
18:00-21:00 Tokyo Condition 2010 Daisuke Kishii : Community Space
13th August
19:00-22:00 Hafu Project Night : Community Space
18th August
19:00-22:00 Himanainu : Lounge
19th August
19:00-21:00 P+Archive - Art & Society Research Centre
19:00-21:00 Tokyo Art Research Lab 3F 302
20th August
19:00-22:00 Dada things up a bit : Community Space
21st August
13:00-14:00 Fantastic Ballet : dance performance : Community Space
14:00-17:00 Chaco Kato Workshop "The Art of Vegetables" : Multispace
15:00-17:00 Live painting by Sento Shinkousha : Gallery
17:00-18:00 Fantastic Ballet : dance performance : Community Space
19:00-21:00 Tokyo DIY Gardening Workshop : Community Space
22nd August
12:00-18:00 3331xChange : clothes exchange market
15:00-17:00 Talk event "French Contemporary Circus" : Lounge
24th August
19:00-21:00 Tokyo Art Research Lab : 3F 302
25th August
19:00-21:00 HAA! House of African Art : Lounge
20:00-21:00 Tokyo Art Research Lab : 3F 302
26th August
19:00-21:00 Tokyo Art Research Lab : 3F 302
27th August
12:00-19:00 Mishima x Tama Art University Project - Community Space
28th August
12:00-19:00 Mishima x Tama Art University Project - Community Space
12:00-18:00 The Power of a Smile - Photo Session for over 75s : Gallery
17:00-21:00 Film Screening - Roof top
29th August
12:00-19:00 Mishima x Tama Art University Project - Community Space
12:00-20:00 The Condition of Tokyo : 3F 302
12:00-18:00 The Power of a Smile - Photo Session for over 75s : Gallery
14:00-17:00 dislocate mediActions : Lounge
17:00-19:00 Secret Auction result announcement : gallery B

Secret Auction

August 3, 2010 / Review

It's called a secret auction, but we want everyone to know this secret. Throughout the two part exhibition "3331 Presents Tokyo" 3331 is holding a special kind of auction of work by renowned artists. Already over 40 artists have contributed their work to this event including Fuji Hiroshi, Kazuhiko Hachiya, Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Yoshinari Noshio and Hiroko Masuko. What is secret about the secret auction? This secret auction is in fact a silent auction, participants can place their bids throughout the auction period, but have no idea what bids have already come before them, or what will follow. This is an opportunity to consider what it means to put a price on an art work and what is its value. Through this activity secret ties are formed between the artist and the work, the work and the viewer, so surely we can say it is a "secret auction".
The last in the three part secret auction series will be taking place between 7th -29th August in 3331's gallery B. Why not try your luck and bid for a work?
※This auction is a 3331 donation project, half of the profit will be awarded to the artist while the remaining half will be used for 3331 creative activities. Please help to support 3331.

Tokyo Art Book Fair

August 3, 2010 / Review

Tokyo Art Book Fair exploded upon 3331 over the weekend, drawing huge crowds, as well as participants, to join in this celebration of original publishing creativity. Organized each year by ZINE's MATE this highly popular event brings together artistic and cultural publishers from across the world to share their original products, from globally distributed catalogues to independent innovations of creative individuals, the Tokyo Art Book Fair was a throng with diversity and colour.
3331 was abuzz all weekend, with crowds of young people coming to see what the numerous exhibitors had to offer. Not only were there exhibits and stalls filled with an eclectic mix of books, magazines, zines and other original products but also a full program of talk events and presentations running throughout the Fair, informing audiences about the various engagements of the exhibitors and offering them an opportunity to join in dialogue with them.
A great success all round.

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