Nov. 26 (Sun) 16:00-18:00

Open Discussion | 'March 11 and Ibaraki, Examined with Art:2011-2017'

OPEN STUDIOS Related program

In the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, eight cities in Ibaraki Prefecture including Hitachi were by an upper 6 earthquake ( on the Japanese seismic intensity scale), followed by continuous aftershockes.The earthquake left 24dead, an additional 41dead from disaster-related causes, 1missing and 712 wounded. The earthquake-induced tsunami devastated Ibaraki's entire Pacific coast, and liquefaction affected various parts of the prefecture. Now six years on, this event looks back on the disaster and on Ibaraki-based contemporary art activities since the immediate aftermath to the present day. By exchanging information and opinions on what artists and curators have been thinking and doing in the years since, this event aims to examine issues that have yet to be resolved.

20110416_IMG_3023.jpg 2011年4月15日避難所となったもりや学びの里/ Mariya Manabi-no-sato shifted to evacuation area, Apr.15, 2011


Yuu Takehisa

Curator /
Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito

While curating an exhibition within a white-cube space, she also organizes socially-engaged art projects beyond an institutional framework, working closely with artists and local residents. She is interested in pursuing the possibilities for a public art museum as a place to evoke multilateral standpoints and diversified thoughts. The main exhibitions that she curated include: David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind (2017); Koki Tanaka: Possibilities for being together. Their praxis. (2016); Artists and the Disaster – Documentation in Progress (2012), Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 2010: Resonance (2010-2011). She was one of the Directors of Water and Land – Niigata Art Festival 2012.

Gojing-Maru Hayashi

Through visualizing flight-related phenomena such as flotation and gliding.
Hayashi produces artworks that evoke various emotions in people. He has also tackled educational activities, such as video programs to be shown at museums to elementary and middle school students. Major exhibitions include
"Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale" (2003, 2006, 2009), "Art and Air - A story of Art and Science Involving the Skies and Aircraft" (2014), KENPOKU ART 2016 (Ibaraki, 2016) and others.

Tohru Nakazaki

photo:Masako Naito
Born in Ibaraki, 1976. Artist. Studied in the Musashino Art University Graduate School of Art and Design Doctoral Degree of Design. Currently based in Mito, Ibaraki.
He is a multi-media artist working with performance, video, and installation, mainly using the signboards as motifs. He explores the dissonance that occurs in our commonalities, such as language and images, working across various mediums. In 2006 he formed the unit “Nadegata Instant Party”. In 2007 he founded “PLAYROOM (NAKAZAKI Tohru + Mizuki ENDO)”. Since 2011 he has been in charge of the artistic direction of “Project FUKUSHIMA!”

Kenichi Kondo

[ARCUS Project Guest Curator 2017]
Curator / Mori Art Museum
Born in 1969. Completed a Master’s (art history) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Kondo started to work at Mori Art Museum in 2003. He curated “MAM Project 009: Koizumi Meiro” (2009), “Roppongi Crossing 2010” (2010), “Arab Express” (2012), “MAM Project 018: Yamashiro Chikako” (2012), “Andy Warhol” (2014) , video screening programs by Bill Viola (2015) and Gordon Matta-Clark (2015), and “MAM Research 004: Video Hiroba” (2016). Kondo also curated a video art show with young Japanese artists for Sala 1, a non-profit gallery in Rome (2010) and was Research Fellow at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art - Berlin, National Museums of Berlin (2014 -15).
Mori Art Museum