HAPPENINGText: Yasuharu Motomiya

There is an courtyard between the two warehouses, and there are artworks and passages built with containers. In this courtyard, I found numerous phone booths “Million Mama” by Shigeaki Iwai that were radiating a strange presence. When you enter one of phone booths, you receive a call from a mother who is sending her message to her child. This gave me a very heart-warming experience, because there were laugh and affection in that message that we do forget in our daily life even it was ordinary in the past.

Shigeaki Iwai, Million Mama

I have picked up some artists who are exhibiting in the main venue in this report. However, there are many other exhibitions going on and artists participating throughout Yokohama such as an exhibition “Super (M)art” curated by Curator Man. The Triennale is from September 28th through December 18th. Our interests are inexhaustible during this period. Some artworks continue to change and different things will continue to happen in the Triennale. I strongly recommend you to visit the Triennale and experience it when you have a chance.

Curator Man, Super (M)art

There are many Japanese artists throughout the Triennale. However, it is important to note that there are also many Asian artists participating the Triennale. I think this shows Asia’s potentiality and vitality for art, and it certainly influenced 2005 Triennale.

In addition, Yokohama city and its people have show us their passion for art by building close relationship with artists including artists’ home-stay, collaborative work, open studio, and other projects that was featured in one of our articles in the past. They do not want the Triennale and other art projects be transient or temporary festivals. They want to create art and pursue its potentiality that is humane, communal, and environmental to generate an international culture from Yokohama. However, we still do not know what we will not accomplish in 2005 Triennale. It will only be clear when it is finished. That is to say that the 2005 Triennale is still on its own way and unfinished.

Yokohama 2005 International Triennale of Contemporary Art
Date: September 28th – December 18th, 2005
Place: Yamashita Pier No.3 Warehouse, No.4 Warehouse, and etc., Yokohama
Tel: +81 (0)3 5777 8600 (Yokohama Triennale Office)

Text: Yasuharu Motomiya
Translation: Masanori Sugiura
Photos: Yasuharu Motomiya

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