Akita Arts Project, Akita / Japan
Roppongi Crossing, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo / Japan
182 art space, Tainan / Taiwan
Ginza Maison Hermes Le Forum, Tokyo / Japan
SpielArt Festival, Munich / Germany
The McDonald’s Radio University offers a three-week series of live-lectures by “professors” from Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, and Iran. The live-lectures take place at specific times and at seven different McDonald’s restaurants in the city. They are only available via radio. The course syllabus with all offered lectures is listed at this website. Please follow the instructions below to enroll in the program.
“Detour theatre” connecting cities
“The Complete Manual of Evacuation” was first devised for Festival/Tokyo 2010 and was then recreated on a large scale by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt. It connected seven cities in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region through theatrical layers. Audiences first went to the project website. They answered certain questions and then downloaded maps guiding them to 40 “evacuation” points. The sites were categorized into four “tours” and were created by Port B in collaboration with another 15 artists and artist groups. It was up to the audience to choose which evacuation points to visit and in which order. The audience became “evacuees”, transferring their bodies as performers in a theatre of places connected by detours. Selected by leading German-language theatre review website Nachtkritik as one of the best 10 theatre works performed in German-speaking countries in 2014.
A theatrical journey of encounters with Another Tokyo
Participants received a guidebook and portable transistor radio, and then were free to visit, in whichever order they wished, 13 locations that revealed the Asia that exists inside Tokyo. After arriving at a site, they tuned their radio to the designated frequency to hear a story about the location, written by four poets and novelists. The narratives were created based on research by the Port Tourism Research Center. For the most part they were read by people whose native language was not Japanese. The locations included religious facilities, monuments, the site of a former refugee center, and ethnic restaurants. The journey around Tokyo invited participants on a tour of alien cultures within the familiar city landscape.
“Tokyo Heterotopia” will become a smartphone app, continuing to expand ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “Heterotopia” series projects are also planned for other cities in Japan and elsewhere.