• 高架下商店街のモノクロ写真
  • 新開地タウンのモノクロ写真
  • 神戸港のモノクロ写真

アート・プロジェクト KOBE 2019:TRANS-

About

Director’s Statement

Located between a beautiful mountain range and the sea, the port city of Kobe is known for its acceptance of foreign culture. Although people enjoy a peaceful life in this comfortable area, hasn’t the city unwittingly lost sight of its enterprising spirit? TRANS- is an art project that sets out to “transcend and move beyond” at a time when Kobe, which is slowly falling behind the times, should be at the vanguard of glocal cities. This project clearly differs from the succession of art festivals that have been held around the world in recent years in that its scope is limited to a very few artists. Moreover, we have deliberately avoided using a museum or exhibition facility as the primary venue. Artists do not simply make works to decorate a place.
They create mechanisms using the town and people of Kobe as materials. These strange entities abruptly appear in ordinary landscapes. How will people encounter and respond to these things?

The venues for this project, Hyogo Port, Shinkaichi, and Shin-Nagata, are areas with historical links to Kobe that are located west of the urban districts of Sannomiya and Motomachi. Long before the present-day port was built, the harbor was established by the 12th century military leader Taira no Kiyomori. In the Edo Period (1603–1868), the harbor, known as Hyogo no Tsu, flourished as a commercial entryway to the region. Then in the Meiji Period(1868–1912), these areas prospered due to the development of heavy industries. Following a series of changes in the urban structure and the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, much of the life went out of Kobe and these areas inevitably began to decline. But it was precisely for this reason that the town became an attractive motif or material for a certain type of artist.

Gregor Schneider was born in Rheydt, a small town in northwestern Germany with a population of less 15,000 people. Despite his urge to leave, Schneider continues to use the town as his artistic base. He is particularly adept at adding an imperceptible twist to the private space of a house and the normal flow of time, and evoking invisible terror. Meanwhile, Miwa Yanagi, who has created extraordinary theatrical spaces in the closed world of photography, turned to full-fledged drama productions in 2011. Two years ago, she used a mobile trailer to stage an outdoor production called The Wing of the Sun. Next fall, Yanagi is planning to mount a spectacular marine production at the port in her hometown of Hyogo Ward, Kobe.

How will the two artists’ audacious efforts influence the future direction of Kobe? Expectations are high.

Sumi Hayashi
(TRANS- Director)
October 2018

  • PeriodSat.14.9.2019 - Sun.10.11 *Each exhibit venue will determine closing times & holidays
  • OrganizerTRANS-KOBE Organizing Committee / Kobe City
  • DirectorSumi Hayashi
TRANS-KOBE Organizing Committee
TRANS-KOBE Organizing Committee

Executive Advisors
Takahisa Kato (Chair, Kobe Arts and Culture Conference)
Kizo Hisamoto (Mayor of Kobe)

Organizing Committee Chair
Koji Hattori (Chair, Kobe Cultural Foundation)

Planning Advisor
Takashi Serizawa (Executive Director, Design and Creative Center Kobe)

Director
Sumi Hayashi (Independent Curator)

Public Relations Director
Yoshihiko Yamasaka (Creative Director, MAQ Inc.)

Organizing Committee Members
Iku Otani (Executive Producer, Kobe Art Village Center)
Yukimasa Otani (Executive Director, Kobe City Museum)
Kenji Okada (Director General, Citizen Participation Promotion Bureau, Kobe City Government)
Yukio Obata (Deputy Director, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)
Yoshihiro Kishimoto (Professor, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University)
Ryuichiro Kobayashi (Director, Hyogo Ward, Kobe City Government)
Shinichi Tabuchi (Producer & Manager, Event Planning & Promotion Department, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.)
Kazuo Fujino (Professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University)
Tadasu Masuda (Director, Nagata Ward, Kobe City Government)
Takeshi Matsuoka (Chief Editor, Cultural News Department, Editorial Office, The Kobe Shimbun)
Yuji Miyamoto (General Manager, Aeon Mall Kobe Minami)
Ryozo Yamamoto (President, Hyogo Arts & Culture Association)

Auditors
Yoshio Shimizu (Tax Accountant)
Nobuya Nakajima (Lawyer)
  • Contact
  • TRANS-KOBE Organizing Committee
  • c/o Kobe Cultural Foundation
  • 1-1-4-302, Nakanoshima, Hyogo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 652 0844
  • Tel:+81 (0)78-515-6034 / Fax:+81 (0)78-515-6036
  • info@trans-kobe.jp

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