After some delays and an almost-cancellation, Yokohama’s International Triennale of Contemporary Art is now upon us.
Yokohama’s second International Triennale of Contemporary Art – builds on the success of Yokohama 2001 and will feature the work of around 80 participating international and Japanese artists exhibiting in the main venue – two enormous warehouses located on Yamashita Pier. The Triennale offers an alternative to the conventional style of art exhibition in which the observer simply looks at the works, instead offering a dialogue-based exhibition in which the barrier between the observer and the exhibitor is transcended, with the observer present during the artist creative process and being able to actually experience the work.
There will be an emphasis on “involvement with the site”. This will be a new type of venue for people to encounter art realized through initiatives such as home-stays by artists and also by featuring participation-based art. The public will have the opportunity to view or be involved in the artist’s creative process while much of the work will undergo change as a result of interaction with the community (works-in-progress).
Triennale plans also include movie screenings, community workshops on theater and other art-related topics, and events such as symposiums and gallery lectures to encourage interaction between art and the community. (TAB)
It takes place at the Yokohama Yamashita Pier No. 3/4 Warehouse, until December 18.