ART CAMP TANGO 2017 – listening, seeing, being there –

ART CAMP TANGO 2017 – listening, seeing, being there –
Date 9 Sep. – 24 Sep. 2017
VenueKyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Program Detail

Artists in Residence
28 Aug. – 8 Sep. 2017

Exhibition: ‘listening, seeing, being there’

The participating artists will exhibit works that they have conceived and created during their time as artists-in-residence in Tango. Each artist will introduce their creative expressions which evolved from ‘listening, seeing, and being there.’

Period: Sept. 9 – 24
Venue: Former Go Elementary School
Artists: Makoto Oshiro, Tomohiko Ogawa, Junko Kido, Samson Cheung, Fiona Lee, Frank Tang, Soichiro Mihara

Period: Sept. 9 (Sat.) – 24 (Sun.) 10:00- 17:00
* Open only on Fri, Sat, Sunday and national holiday (closed Mon. – Thurs.)
* Sep 18 (Mon./national holiday) open until 18:30
Venue: Kyotango city Former Go Elementary School (Amino-cho Kyotango City) (admission free)
Artists: Makoto Oshiro, Tomohiko Ogawa, Junko Kido, Soichiro Mihara, Samson Chen, Fiona Lee, Frank Tang

Related event: Exhibition tour and Artists talk
Explore the exhibition venue with the exhibition curators and artists who will introduce the exhibited works.

Sep. 10 (Sun.), 17 (Sun.) 15:00-16:30 (admission free)
Venue: Former Go Elementary School
Artists (TBA)

Opening Performance
‘Timetable of the Day: The Tango to Toyooka Performance Train’

Experience this one-off, live, improvisational performance onboard a train from Tango to Toyooka, and the chance interweaving of sounds and bodies in time and space whilst the landscape passes by the window. Welcome to this journey on the performance train to mark the opening of the event.

Date|Sep. 9 (Sat.)


- Departing from Amino to Toyooka
Reception: 9:45-10:15 / Opening announcement: 10:20-
Boarding: 10:26 / Departure 10:32 / Arrival to Toyooka 11:50

– Departing from Toyooka to Amino
Reception: 12:45-13:15
Boarding: 13:15 / Departure 13:23 / Arrival to Amino 14:28

Venue| Kyoto Tango Railways Amino station –Toyooka station
Artists| Samson Cheung, Arumimi Hifumi, Reina Kimura, Fiona Lee, Makoto Oshiro, Akio Suzuki, Akinori Yamasaki

Performance Direction| Hiromi Miyakita
Seating capacity| up to 40
Tickets: 2,500 yen (advance)/ 3,000yen (door), 1,000yen (age 6-12/under age 6 free) 
Round-trip discount: 4,000 yen (advance), 5,000 yen (door)
Reservation available on ART CAMP TANGO website:
Program collaborator: Kinosaki International Art Center (Toyooka City), Kyoto Tango Railways

Festival Finale
Art Camp in Tango from Amino to Kumihama

As part of the closing events for ART CAMP TANGO 2017, explore various attractive sites to experience the culture and nature of Tango, and to enjoy art works and site specific performances by artists.

Date: Sept. 24 (Sun) 

– 11:00- 12:00 Exhibition tour
The exhibition curators and artists will give a guided talk at the exhibition sites.
Venue| Former Go Elementary School (Amino-cho) / admission fee

– 13:30-15:30  14:00- 16:00 Wasen Marukobune workshop open studio
Artist Tomohiko Ogawa will present and explain the processes involved in the reproduction of Marukobune. 
Venue| Wasen Kobo (Higashiinaba Honke, Kumihama) / admission free

- 16:00- 17:53 16:30-17:53 Festival Finale performance ‘Until 5:53 p.m.’
The festival finale will involve site-specific performances by artists at Inaba Honke, an example of the traditional Japanese architecture owned by wealthy merchants, and also at Kumihama park, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kumihama bay.

Venue| Inaba Honke, Kumihama Park (web
* 15:30~ reception, 16:00~ performance starts 

Artists| Masamitsu Araki, Reina Kimura, Akio Suzuki, Hiromi Miyakita, Akinori Yamasaki
Tickets| 3,000yen (advance), 3,500yen (door)
Reservation available on ART CAMP TANGO website
In cooperation with the NPO wakuwaku suru Kumihama wo tsukuru kai
* The Festival closing performance requires an admission fee.
*ACT is unable to provide transportation to visit each venue. Please use public transportation or private means.

Period Aug. 28(Mon.) –Sep. 8 (Fri.)

The artists participating in ART CAMP TANGO 2017 will stay in Tango for two weeks to carry out research and creative activities for their exhibition and performances. Workshops and cultural exchange events will be held during their residency. Information on their activities will be posted both on SNS and on our website.

soundpocket: ‘Being There 2017 Retreat Camp’

As part of ART CAMP TANGO 2017, the Being There 2017 Retreat Camp organized by the NPO soundpocket will be held in Kyotango.
For more details please visit the soundpocket website: (

Date| Sep. 8 – Sep. 10. 2017
Location| Kyotango City
Organizer| soundpocket
Co-organizer| ART CAMP TANGO Committee
Program Collaborators: Morigen Inn, Skyhigh, Creative Partners, Fei’s Performance

ART CAMP TANGO×Komaneko Festival
‘Sound-walk in Meneyama: Soundscape workshop and concert’

During this soundwalk you can experience the atmospheric sounds of the old town Mineyama district of Kyotango City. Enjoy the evocative “Sounds of Mineyama” guided by Masafumi Komatsu, an artist and researcher with a deep connected to Tango. There will also be a concert held after the workshop in cooperation with Kotohira Shrine, as part of the ‘2nd Komaneko Festival’.

Sep. 16 (Sat.)
13:30-16:00 Workshop sound-walk in Meneyama old town
16:30-17:00 Concert
Location|Mineyama town (meeting point: Kotohira Shrine)
Workshop facilitator| Masafumi Komatsu (Researcher, pianist and Professor at Kyoto Seika University)
Number of participants| up to 20
Workshop fee| 1,000 yen
Reservation is available on the ACT website. (
Program Collaborators| The Komaneko Festival Committee

ART CAMP TANGO×Asian Meeting Festival 
Asian Meeting Festival in Tango

The ‘Asian Meeting Festival’ (AMF) is regarded as one of Asia’s foremost experimental, improvisational and noise music festivals. In collaboration with ART CAMP TANGO, AMF will visit Tango to spend time at various sacred and inspiring sound spots scattered throughout Tango, under the guidance of sound artist Akio Suzuki. The participating musicians will gain a deeper understanding of the sounds of Tango by making field recordings and site-specific performance etc. After a two days tour, AMF will share their experiences with their audience.

Date| Sept. 17-18 * Sound site tour (invitation only/ the tour not be open to the public)
Location| Kyotango City

Asian Meeting Festival Feedback Presentation (open to the public)
Date| Sept. 18 (Mon, national holiday) 16:00-18:00
Venue| Former Go Elementary School (admission free)
Artists’ Talk| Yuen Chee Wai, dj sniff (AMF curators)
Moderator| Katsushi Nakagawa (Researcher in acoustic and listening culture, and Associate Professor at the National University of Yokohama)

Program Collaborators| Ashian Meeting Festival, 
Supported by Ukawa Onsen Yoshino no Sato

ART CAMP TANGO Archive Project
ART CAMP TANGO is conducting three archive projects to reconsider the influential significance of inherited techniques and cultural festivals of the past on daily culture and artistic expression today, with a focus on the artistic activity and cultural resources of Tango. The project will take a variety of forms such as documentary displays, discussion events and workshops.


ART CAMP TANGO Archive Project
Archive Exhibition: Akio Suzuki ‘The Festivity on the Ancient Hill in Tango ’91’93’96’

The Festivity on the Ancient Hill in Tango art festival was held on ‘Naru no Oka’ in Tango three times during the 1990s, as an attempt to regain the feelings that the ancients had in nature. Artists from Japan and abroad gathered in Tango to foster cultural exchange through this festival, which was carried out in cooperation with the local residents. A retrospect of visual documents and interviews with those involved with the festival will be placed on display, along with archive materials from the period.

Period| Sep. 9 (Sat.) – 24 (Sun.) 10:00- 17:00
* Open only on Fri, Sat, Sunday and national holiday
* Sep 18(Mon./National holiday) open until 18:30
Venue| Former Go Elementary School (admission free)

ART CAMP TANGO Archive Project
Talk event: ‘The 29th Anniversary of the Space in the Sun’

This year will be the 29th year for the ‘Space in the Sun’ (88’) project by soundartist Akio Suzuki. Akio Suzuki came to Tango for this project in 1987, and over a period of about a year created a place through which a standard time zone meridian line passes, for the purposes of ‘listening carefully to nature on the day of the autumnal equinox at the point.’ Those who involved in his projects for the same autumn equinox day will reflect on that time period.

Date|Sep. 23 (Sat.) 15:00-17:00
Venue| Former Go Elementary School (admission free)
Guests speakers| Akio Auzuki, Mokuzo Tsutsumi (textile artist), Shin Nakagawa (Professor at Osaka City University)
ART CAMP TAGNO Archive Project
Wasen ‘Marukobune’ (Traditional Japanese boat) Reproduction Project in Kumihama

Marukobune is a Japanese style wooden boat widely used for fishing and daily life in Tango and Tajima from the Middle Ages up to the post-war period. A local NPO had restored two Marukobune boats using traditional techniques passed down in Kumihama, as well as creating records of these techniques and constructions method. Tomohiko Ogawa, a participating artist at ART CAMP TANGO, came across these boats, and is now exploring their unique construction process by working to make a third boats with the help of local boat builders.

Period | Mid August – Mid October
Location| Kumihama Town, Higashi Inaba’s Residence
Program Collaborator| NPO Waku waku suru Kumihama wo tsukuru kai
Supported by Kyotango City ‘Han-Tetsu Machizukuri Yume Kikin’ Fund


Presented by ART CAMP TANGO Executive Committee
Co-presented by soundpocket (Hong Kong)
Supported by Kyoto Prefecture ‘Bunkaryoku Challenge’ Subsidy, TERUMO FOUNDATION for LIFE SCIENCES and ARTS, The Asahi Shimbun Foundation, and the Kyotango City ‘Han-Tetsu Machizukuri Yume Kikin’ Fund 
Program Collaborators| Ensembles Asia・Asian Meeting Network・Asian Meeting Festival (The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Co-Organized by P3 art and environment), Kinosaki International Art Center (Toyooka City), Komaneko Festival Executive Committee
Endorsements| Kyotango City, Kyotango City Tourism Association, Kyotango Municipal Board of Education, Kyoto Prefecture, UMINO Kyoto DMO
Special Thanks to | Kanabun, Kyoto Tango Railway, MEDIA SHOP, Morigen Ryokan, Nihonkai Bokujoh, NPO waku waku suru Kumihama wo tsukuru kai, Skyhigh Creative Partners, Fei’s Performance, Toyooka Art Season 2017 (Toyooka City), and Ukawa Onsen Yoshino no Sato

Curatorial Team|Alice Wong (soundpocket), Aya Aoshima, Satoko Kiyosawa, Hiromi Miyakita
Artistic Advisor|Akio Suzuki
Project Managers|Aya Aoshima, Kazukiyo Kawabuchi
Project Assistants|Vanessa Lai (soundpocket), Itsuha Seno, Maya Tamura, Kenta Umeda
Public Relations|Aiko Oizumi
Design|Yuko Kawaguchi
Video|Takashi Kuroyanagi(POLAR DESIGN)
Web Design|Takashi Kuroyanagi(POLAR DESIGN), Naruki Tone

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