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Published: November 13 2019


OPEN SITE is a Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) open call program which began in 2016 and aims to build a platform that brings together projects focused on artistic expression across all genres. This year marked the fourth annual call for proposals, and a total of 202 applications were received. Following a strict selection process, successful candidates included four projects in the Exhibition category, three projects in the Performance category, and two projects in the OPEN SITE dot category. Additional projects in the TOKAS Recommendation Program and the Educational Program bring the total of projects being launched to 12. All of the successful candidates exhibited a strong will and sense of freedom, along with an overflowing desire to share their projects with the world. We hope you look forward to seeing the projects come to fruition.

Period: [Part1] 2019.11.23(Sat) - 2019.12.22(Sun)
Closed on: Mondays
Time:11:00 - 19:00 (Last entry 18:30) for exhibition
Admission: Admission free
Admission paid
Ticket booking: The website for ticket booking is now open. Please check the below for more details. We will stop accepting applications once all the places are taken.
*To know whether you need to book tickets, please check the website of each event.

Venue: Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo (2-4-16 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
Organize: Tokyo Arts and Space (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)


1.YOF (OHARA Takayoshi, FURUSAWA Ryu, YANAGAWA Tomoyuki) “2D Painting”
The “2D” in the title refers to two types of “Depth.” Viewers are first mesmerized by what seems to be a two-dimensional colored image on a flat screen, but upon closer inspection they realize that the rectangle which appeared to be a screen is in fact a cut-out window through which objects in three-dimensional space can be seen, and it is the contrast between the two that produces the image. The three-dimensional depth of the real world is combined with an illustrated sense of depth produced by two-dimensional colors, offering viewers an opportunity to experience the intersection of the two.
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2. UNNO Rintaro “Counterattack by Land / Curious Obsession”
Adopting first-person perspective game footage as a theme, the artist presents installations consisting of collections of video footage shot in multiple locations using cameras installed on his own body to achieve the desired perspective. Shooting footage of the world as if it were a game distorts the scenery, which seems to give the spaces an appropriate 3D-game feel, but beyond the distinct, unifying purpose shared by the footage of scenery and people, it also gradually begins to reveal the complexity and multi-layered nature hidden within the world. A “curious obsession” incites a “counterattack by land.”
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3. Nuthmique “days and a festival” Performance + Post-Performance, Workshop
A new performance from Nuthmique, a theatre company which helped redefine the idea of behavior in musical performance as performing art. The performance crosses multiple boundaries, including musical and stage performance. Performance guests include beat maker and rapper Zo Zhit (Dos Monos), playwright and director KAGEYAMA Kishodai, and dancer KITAGAWA Yu. In a Post-Performance and Workshop that follow, audience could experience the content of the performance more deeply.

2019/11/30 (Sat) 18:00-
2019/12/1 (Sun) 14:00-
Admission:2,700 yen
*Booking required

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4. Physical Theater Company GERO “Dance and talk? or Talk and dance?”
Words become movement and movement becomes words. Words are deduced from the movements of a flapping mouth and begin to walk by themselves or perhaps latch onto a lover and find happiness. Communication between humans is dismantled into tiny fragments, which are then reconstructed using living bodies, voice, and video.

2019/12/12 (Thu) 19:00-
2019/12/13 (Fri) 19:00-
2019/12/14 (Sat) 14:00-
2019/12/14 (Sat) 19:00-
2019/12/15 (Sun) 14:00-

Admission:2,500 yen (At the door: 3,000 yen)
*Booking required

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5. Timeline Project “WOMEN Artists & History”
A public exhibition and presentation of An Overview of the History of Female Artists and the Feminist Movement in the West and Japan, which was created based on existing timelines, and Information about Female Artists You Personally Recommend/Want to Add to the Timeline, which is based on information gathered from a public call for submissions. The history of female artists, arts, and feminism will be examined from non-limiting and diverse perspectives, and the possibilities of females, art, and feminism in the future will also be discussed. All ages and genders are welcome to participate.

2019/12/6 (Fri) 11:00-20:30
2019/12/7 (Sat) 11:00-19:00

・Talk 1
Date: 2019/12/6(Fri) 18:30-20:30
Guest: KIRA Tomoko (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
Coordinator: NAGAKURA Yukiko, WATANABE Yasuko
Language: Japanese
*Booking required

・Talk "Power of Siblinghood"
Date: 2019/12/7(Sat) 15:00-18:30
Guest: TAKEDA Keiko (Project Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo), egó eímai collective, Back and Forth Collective, MELLOW Management Team, Multiple Spirits, Sabbatical Company
Coordinator: NAGAKURA Yukiko, WATANABE Yasuko
Language: Japanese
*Booking required

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6. abirdwhale | Kakinoki Masato “We, Questioning Norms of Love and Sex, and Attempting to Build Love Relationships with Hongo”
A project that questions norms of love and sex in modern society by attempting to build a certain type of love relationship with a place to which no direct connection exists. Consisting of an urban essay film set in Hongo, a reading café (reading group + tea party), and one-on-one tours of Hongo, the project examines the formation of alternative “connections” in modern times together with visitors and participants in the Hongo district.

[Urban Essay Film]
2019/12/19 (Thu) 11:00-19:00
2019/12/20 (Fri) 11:00-19:00
2019/12/21 (Sat) 11:00-19:00
2019/12/22 (Sun) 11:00-14:00、16:00-19:00
*No Booking required

[Reading cafe]
Date: 2019/12/19 (Thu) 19:30-21:00
2019/12/22 (Sun) 14:00-15:30
Capacity: 5
*Booking required

[One-on-one Tours]
Date: 2019/12/20 (Fri) 18:00 / 20:00
2019/12/21 (Sat) 13:30 / 15:30
*About 30-45 min per participant
Admission: Free
Capacity: 1
*Booking required

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【Related Event】
Opening Talk
Date: 2019/11/23 (Sat) 16:00-17:30
Guest: HATANAKA Minoru (Chief Curator, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC])
Artists: YOF (OHARA Takayoshi, FURUSAWA Ryu, YANAGAWA Tomoyuki), UNNO Rintaro
*Admission free / No booking required / With Japanese-English interpreter

OPEN SITE 2019-2020
Closed (Changing Exhibits):2019.12.23(Mon) – 2020.1.10(Thu)
Period: 2020.1.11(Sat) - 2020.2.9(Sun)


Information Provided by: Tokyo Arts and Space

Period: November 23,2019 (Sat) 〜 December 22,2019 (Sun)
Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed: Mondays
Venue: Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo

Last Updated on November 23 2019

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