We are happy to announce that the 6th Exhibition of Daikanyama Installation will be held in November 2009.
It is an art competition open to anyone interested in research on the theme of relationship between contemporary art and public space and in creating art forms in the context of urban architecture.
This year, we have selected 18 sites. Some of them are: sites A-R .
In enlarging the area of installation works, three new spots have been authorized to be the site for installation in vital commercial area of Nakameguro area. (It is in the midst of redevelopment with other projects, so its townscape is rapidly changing.) : Nakameguro Station of Tokyu Toyoko line (site Q), Nakameguro GT (Gate Town) (site P) and the Rooftop garden of Meguro City Office (site O)
Other sites include the renewed Dikanyama Loveria with a piazza and shops (site D), 300 meter-long fence for NTT Company’s property(site I) or a rooftop of studio-like house in a small alley in the heart of Daikanyama.(site J).
For Hillside Terrace (site G) , Hillside West (site L) and free spot (site R),
one must propose a site by himself. For further information, please click the alphabet of each site on the map.
What is Daikanyama Installation ?
Daikanyama Installation is a public-art exhibition held biennially since 1999 in Daikanyama, located in the south-west district of Tokyo. Selected works, chosen by a jury of art professionals, are installed in various spaces throughout the area. Past installations have successfully transformed the area into a highly original, yet temporary, new townscape. The objective of Daikanyama Installation is to place creative art forms in the context of urban architecture in an effort to question the relationship between “contemporary art” and “public or semi-public space,” and to elicit a dialogue among viewers -- both inhabitants and passers-by -- and within the community.
Daikanyama, a suburban neighborhood near Shibuya, one of the busiest urban zones in Tokyo, is defined by moderate hills and green spaces. There are two main streets in the neighborhood: Kyu Yamate Avenue and Hachiman Street. Along Kyu Yamate Avenue, embassies, churches, schools, restaurants stand side by side. Further along is Hillside Terrace, an extensive complex composed of residences and shops, and one of the major architecturally significant developments on the Avenue. As Hillside Terrace was built incrementally in several phases from the 1960s’ onward, the area around Kyu Yamate Avenue has been preserved, including an ancient burial mound known as Sarugaku-zuka dating from the 6th century.
Although Hachiman Street has a history that goes back to the Middle Ages (around 13th century), the road is a rather busier one than Kyu Yamate Avenue. This has come about as a result of the thoroughfare being a constant target of urbanization. Today, it is a fashionable street flush with trendy cafe´s and restaurants. Daikanyama Address, for instance, is an eye-catching skyscraper completed in the summer of 2000, which played a significant role in transforming the landscape and providing housing for numerous new residents.
Daikanyama is both a tranquil and dynamic community. Consequently, it attracts a wide range of people, especially on weekends. It is in this neighborhood that the Executive Committee of Daikanyama Installation, the organizer of the event, finds relevant spots for the installations. Artists who plan to apply to be chosen for Daikanyama Installation should make certain that a proposed work of art will stand not only as an independent contemporary work, but will also suit the chosen installation location within the context of the community.
Any individual or collective group is eligible to apply who are interested in artistic activity in order to promote communication between the urban space and the people.
To send the following submissions to the Secretary of the Daikanyama Installation:
1. A proposal on an A2 piece of paper (not to be returned) including:-
- A visual plan of the artwork, which should specify a site for its installation
(Sites A to R
-A concise description of the artwork and the underlying concept behind the work.
2. An application form
Applicants should ensure that the works are technically appropriate and stable enough to be installed in the public domain. In addition, the works must be weather proof; cannot present a danger to the public; or produce an offensive sound, smell and light that would disturb visitors or members of the community; cannot disturb the function of present facilities; the present condition of the site should be assured after installation. The execution of the installation on the chosen site should be carried out within 4 days prior to the opening of the exhibition.
Deadline: June 20th, 2009
Application fee is 1000 JPY per person to be paid either by VISA card orMASTER card, by International Postal Money Order.The fee will not be paid back for any reason.
The jury, composed of
Fumihiko MAKI (Architect, designer of Hillside Terrace)
Yusuke NAKAHARA (Art Critic)
Tadashi KAWAMATA (Artist, Artistic Director of Yokohama Triennale 2005 )
will assess all the applications and proposals, and will then select ten to twelve projects as finalists. The results will be announced on the Daikanyama Installation website by 31 July, 2009. It will not be possible to answer inquiries concerning the jury results.
Realization of the selected projects
Finalists will plan the execution of their projects in consultation with the Committee. Each finalist artist/group will be provided with 250,000JPY (maximum) in order to cover the cost of materials. Transportation costs for finalists from remote areas will be partly covered.
Exhibition period and Announcement of Grand Prize
The realized artworks will be exhibited and open to the public for three weeks from November 1 to 23th. During this period, the Jury will assess and determine a recipient for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize announcement will be made at the 2009 Daikanyama Installation Ceremony.
Executive Committee of Daikanyama Installation
c/o Art Front Gallery
Hillside Terrace A, 29-18 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033, JAPAN
FAX: 81-3-3476-4874 (no telephone inquiry)
The credit of the submitted plans belongs to the Committee. It may publish, for free, the plans or the installed works on publications, website and press release. The Committee may also exhibit some plans which are not realized during the exhibition period.
The Committee will organize the guidance of the installation sites at the ART FRONT GALLERY (2F):
April 26st, 2009, 14:00 at Art Front Gallery, Tokyo
May 22th, 2009, 14:00 at Art Front Gallery, Tokyo
Reservation and information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of Daikanyama Installation is closely related to the transition of the community of Daikanyama. In 1999, the jury members of the Executive Committee chose seven works for the first Daikanyama Installation, which were installed in various locations along Kyu Yamate Avenue. From among these works, the jurors chose Hillside Terrace Subway Station (photo 1) to receive the Grand Prize. The work transformed an un used ‘dead’ space below stairs into ‘an entrance’ for a subway station, a symbol of ‘mass’ seen everywhere in cosmopolitan Tokyo city.
The second Daikanyama Installation, held in 2001, expanded the installation space to Hachiman Street and the adjacent area, including various public and ‘media’ spaces such as coin lockers at Daikanyama train station and electronic monitors installed inside public buses running in the area. Some installations encouraged interaction between the works of art and the viewers and passersby. Colors of the City (photo 2) was such an example, which asked passersby to pick a piece of color board that matched with their own clothes and had them insert it into a board. This board, in the end, became a unique ‘chart’ of the favorite colors of the participants, and was thus titled.
The following exhibition in 2003 pushed the interactive element to a different level. In one work, a group of artists produced a huge image of the building that existed before the construction of Daikanyama Address and collaged it with newly taken portraits of the present residents of the mansion block. The collaged sheet of photographs was then hung over one of the mansion’s high wall (photo 3). This work aimed to elicit a response from both inhabitants and passersby, forcing them to question their own senses of “time and space.” There were also collaborative works between artists and local residents, where artists made efforts to intermingle with the people of the community in order to explain their concepts and enable the community to gain a better understanding of their works. One such work was a ‘tapestry’ woven from over four thousand red fallen leaves gathered from the area and laid over a fence of a public park. Children from the local school were enlisted to help the group of artists, actively participating in creating and installing the tapestry. Through this collaboration, a relationship was established between the artists and participants (photo 4).
For the last exhibition held in 2007, please click here
Shun Hirayama/Masahiro Shibuya
"Hillside Terrace" Subway Station
Colors of the City
Tsutomu Sugawara/Tadashi Kato
Face/Phase of the City
Yukio Minobe/Misato Kubo