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TAT2014 Feature : Patricia Piccinini and The Skywhale

September 25, 2014 / Event

TRANS ARTS TOKYO 2014 Participant Artist: Patricia Piccinini

Magnificent and beautiful, an enormous spectacle of the mystery of life fluttering about the Tokyo sky.


As part of this year's Trans Arts Tokyo, contemporary artist Patricia Piccinini (previous participant in the Venice Biennale) will awaken her hot air balloon artwork 'The Skywhale' outside of Australia for the first time. The beauty overwhelms the viewer as it gracefully engorges to span 24 meters in height at 34 meters in length, accompanied by the periodic roar of its gas flames.

The Skywhale crowned this year's opening after much sweat over weather conditions. As Piccinini had stated, "she" (the Skywhale) is not unlike nature, being as uncontrollable as the weather itself. Just as a whale has evolved to survive and nurture family within the harsh depths of the ocean, so too does the Skywhale live triumphantly in the sky. Is she fictional? A mutation? An undiscovered being? By having the viewer ponder these themes, one also begins to consider the role of humans within nature. Furthermore, by coming together to awaken the Skywhale and discuss as a group, the work becomes a community piece.

Trans Arts Tokyo 2014 - Kanda Living Park. A space where people can gather and exchange varied outlooks through dialogue, just as a family spends time together in the comfort of a living room. Piccinini's contribution to this year's theme will hopefully continue to strengthen the creative spirit within Tokyo's community.



Artist Talk
Date: Friday September 26
Time: 19:30-21:30
Location: 3331 Arts Chiyoda

The Skywhale in Tokyo
Dates: Saturday and Sunday (September 27-28)
Times: 8:00-11:00, 17:00-20:00
Location: Former Tokyo Denki University (2-2 Nishiki-cho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku)
Free entry!

Helicopter view in Tokyo
About the Skywhale
Trans Arts Tokyo event page
Photo: Martin Ollman 《skywhale, 2013》

DOMMUNE University of the Arts -Tokyo Arts Circulation-

September 23, 2014 / Event

DOMMUNE will move it's studio to 3331 Arts Chiyoda and open an art university!!!
The art project to end all art projects!!!


"DOMMUNE University of the Arts -Tokyo Arts Circulation-" will take place from September 20 - November 3, 2014 at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. Since DOMMUNE's first broadcast in March 2010, this online media platform has continued to broadcast its live streaming talk and DJ shows internationally, pulling an audience of about 10,000 simultaneous views each time, totaling over 45 million viewers. The mastermind behind all of this, Naohiro Ukawa, is an artist of integrative thinking, having been involved in a wide range of activities as a graphic designer, VJ, writer, university professor, contemporary artist and more.

This exhibition will be held as an opportunity to call the world's attention to Japan's own way of contemporary art, as Naohiro Ukawa's outward and versatile omnidirectional approach radically recaptures and opens up art's potential.
During the exhibition, DOMMUNE's streaming studio will be shifted to 3331, holding live broadcasts day after day in celebration of artists from around the world.

100 japanese contemporary artists 3331 dommune

As the country moves towards the landmark year 2020, DOMMUNE will unravel the 100 artists representing contemporary Japan by launching the autobiographical interview series「THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS」!! Kicking off the series will be 20 artist appearances over 20 live broadcasts (approx. 40 hours total). Meanwhile, each artist's artwork will be exhibited alongside an archive of their live appearance on the show.
From the endlessly metabolic base for expressive activity that is Tokyo, the very breath, words, and philosophy of living artists will be passed on to the next generation, while linking "present progressive art" with a worldwide audience, thus working to build a global network.

▷Live broadcasts on view in the gallery from the following day!! All archives released in succession!!
Footage of each guest artist's interview will be continually re-aired in sequence in the gallery, so they can be enjoyed even at times when there is no live recording. Gearing up towards the landmark year 2020, subtitled versions will be made accessible through a free online archive at the same time.
▷A simultaneous exhibition featuring 20 guest artists!!
An exhibition of carefully selected works from each participating artist will be presented alongside the archive of each artist's appearance on the show.

▷A succession of participating artists is set to go!!!
Makoto Aida
Chu Enoki
Kenjiro Okazaki
Motohiko Odani
On Kawara
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Tsubaki Noboru
Masato Nakamura
Kosai Hori
Mika Ninagawa
Yuko Mohri
Kenji Yanobe
Tadanori Yokoo
... artists are being confirmed one after another!!


dj john cage and the 1000 wolrd wide djs

Lastly, the 21st artist = Naohiro Ukawa and the world release of his latest work!!!!! Under the direction of John Cage, this surging installation consists of the simultaneous playback of an archive of 1000 DJs from around the globe that have been filmed/broadcasted/recorded day and night in Ukawa's studio over the 5 years since DOMMUNE's beginning!!
Raw "contemporary artwork" = 100 living, breathing artists (20 for this event) brought together by DOMMUNE as an entirely new expression of "aura" in its' present form, plus novel "sound-image resuscitation" using an archive of 1000 DJs for you to experience!!!!!!!

◇Related Events
DOMMUNE LIVE PREMIUM will be held as a linked event with "TRANS ARTS TOKYO 2014" at the former Tokyo Denki University venue.
A Kanda district outdoor premium live event featuring domestic and international artists as curated by Naohiro Ukawa (DOMMUNE). Did we mention VIP artist appearances?!! Challenge the world record for simultaneous headphone listeners through the silent disco using wireless headphones!!
(In cooperation with Azden Corporation)


□ Simultaneous related event:
TRANS ARTS TOKYO 2014 (Sponsored by Tokyo University of the Arts, Fine Arts Department of Oil Painting)
An art project oriented towards the future of community and culture with the town of Kanda, Tokyo as its stage. This year's theme is "Kanda Living Park", diversely capturing what it means to live in the heart of the city.

Event outline:
Title: DOMMUNE University of the Arts -Tokyo Arts Circulation-
Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda 1F main gallery
6-11-14 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Japan 101-0021
Event period: September 20 (Sat.) - November 3 (Mon.) 2014
Event time: 【Exhibition】 12:00-19:00(Until 23:30 on dates of live broadcast)
     【Live Broadcast】 19:00-23:30(Held irregularly within the event period)
Organized by DOMMUNE + 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2014
In cooperation with Azden Corporation, EIZO Corporation, Canon Inc.
Produced in collaboration with Yamamoto Gendai


Naohiro Ukawa (DOMMUNE)

Born in Kagawa Prefecture in 1968, held professorship at Kyoto University of Art and Design. Filmmaker, graphic designer, VJ, writer, and "contemporary artist"... Ukawa adopts an omnidirectional approach to an exceedingly wide variety of artistic activities. A praised "MEDIA THERAPIST", he has crossed out accepted fine art and popular culture in turning towards the most freely expressive activities Japan has on offer. March 2010 marked his sudden independent launch of the live streaming studio/channel "DOMMUNE", an online media platform that has hit record view counts and has become a Japan Media Arts Festival recommended work through its continuous call for discussion both domestically and abroad. Currently, DOMMUNE remains Ukawa's profession.

TRANS ARTS TOKYO 2014 - open until Nov. 11!

September 22, 2014 / 


Trans Arts Tokyo (TAT) is a multi genre art project which makes use of temporary spaces born from city development. In this third year, the project becomes a space where people can gather and exchange varied outlooks through dialogue, just as a family spends time together in the comfort of a living room. A vacant lot that has been laid bare in the middle of Tokyo will be taken over by a hot-air balloon, live music, expansive art exhibitions, camping, the Kanda Curry and Sports Expo, and more. You are welcome to experience Trans Arts Tokyo as it draws out the appeal and creativity of a new Tokyo where we of differing fields can intermingle.

Trans Arts Tokyo 2014.png

Some of this year's events include:

The Skywhale by Patricia Piccinini - hot air balloon flight
Kanda Sports and Curry Expo
"The Insect World - the Locust" Exhibition (Noboru Tsubaki + Hisashi Muroi)
"There, it has grown" Exhibition - Charcoal murals by Naoki Satou
Urban Camp Tokyo Hotel
Noboru Tsubaki Exhibition featuring works Arugosu and Urumosu
Kanda-ko Portrait Project Exhibition by Masanori Ikeda
EXONEMOs Exhibition
and more!!!

See special website for details (Japanese):

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