2/3 Friday – 2/19 Sunday 2023
- Time —
10:00−20:00*Until 18:00 on the final day (2/19)
- Venues —
- Tokyo Photographic Art Museum,
Center Square of Yebisu Garden Place,
affiliated local facilities,
- Admission —
*Admission will be charged
for some programs such
as screenings etc.
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023
15 days / Closed on Mondays
- Friday, 2/3 – Sunday, 2/19/2023 [15 days] Closed on Mondays
- Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Center Square of Yebisu Garden Place, affiliated local facilities, galleries, etc.
- 10:00−20:00 (Until 18:00 on the final day)
**The Commission Project (3rd floor exhibition room) is open until Sunday, 3/26 10:00-18:00（2/21–3/26 Until 20:00 on Thursdays and Fridays only）
THIS YEAR'S THEME
THIS YEAR'S THEME
Photography, film, video, animation – all these are forms of imagery that we encounter within
Having significantly developed since the 19th century, the various imaging technologies we have
today enable us
to handle even high-resolution images and longer moving pictures. We can perhaps say that these
have been developed for the purpose of creating images with even higher definition, and greater
One aspect that comes along with technology, is its popularization and establishment as a tool for
general use. But who is it, and how and when, that the criteria for sharing technologies are
High-resolution movies have become a common standard today, but who can say what kind of reality
represent in the eyes of those who look at them 100 years from now? When looking back on history, we
examples of technologies that worked when applied as an unexpected element. Adding a “handmade”
touch to a
high-resolution movie, for example, can increase its sense of reality, and it happens that the works
emerge from such kind of dialogue with technology, with the potential to trigger completely
With a focus on “technology” as a general theme, the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023 examines a diverse range of activities in the field of imagery and other visual creation, with the aim to explore various possibilities regarding the dialogue between art and technology.
Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visons 2023 will launch the "Commission Project," for which four Japan-based artists will be selected to create and present commissioned video works as products of the new festival. These newly made and previously unseen works will be presented in the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum’ 3rd-floor exhibition room. In addition, a special award for the four selected works will be established during the festival. Please note that the Commission Project runs until 26 March 2023, extending the period of the festival’s regular program.
Araki received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his Master of Film and New Media Studies at Tokyo University of the Arts. As a failed English/Japanese interpreter, his central theme has been revolving the idea of mistranslation. Taking the fact that the English term “casting” can be used in both theatrical/cinematic and sculptural sense, Araki creates “difference” that arise in the process of making copies from the original, in which he explores via reenactment, remake and reanimation. In 2018, he was a guest resident at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Araki was selected as one the finalists for the Future Generation Art Prize 2019. He was a recipient of the 2020-21 Arts Commission Yokohama U39 Artist Fellowship. http://yuaraki.com/
Spent her childhood in a unique environment with frequent interaction with wildlife and environmental problems. She studied at the Department of Moving Images and Performing Arts, Tama Art University and has been making moving image since 2008. While gently seeking the harmonious connection between nature and human beings, her works revolve around nature and all other living things that have been lost or neglected from an anthropocentric point of view, bringing forward the invisible layers of our natural reality into human imagination. Recently, her works have exhibited and screened at Bonner Kunstverein (DE), National Gallery of Zimbabwe (ZW), Jeu de Paume (FR), Sifang Art Museum (CN), Busan Biennale 2020, NTT InterCommunication Center[ICC] (JP), Empty Gallery (HK), amongst others. https://www.reihayama.net/
KIM Insook was born in Osaka, Japan. After receiving her M.A. from the Graduate School of Arts of Hansung University in the Western Painting, Photography and Images course, she had lived in Seoul for fifteen years. Currently, she is based in both Seoul and Tokyo. Based on the idea that “diversity is universal,” KIM Insook highlights the “individual” daily life, memory, history, tradition, community, and family in her works. KIM Insook has had a solo exhibition at Gwangju Museum of Art in Korea in 2008 and has joined group exhibitions at Daegu photo Biennale (Korea), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and others. She also has been accepted from the residency programs such as National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea), the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf (Germany).
Born in Tokyo. Lives and works in Tokyo, Kochi, and other places in Japan. Oki started creating video works in the late 1980s, while he was studying at the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 1990, he won the Special Jury Prize at the Image Forum Festival, and in 1996, the NETPAC Prize at the 46th International Film Festival Berlin. Not limited to video, his work encompasses such formats as live screening, installation, performance, drawing and painting. While traveling around the globe, he explores the correlation between life and philosophy, and depicts in his work a world made of complex dynamic networks. Acclaimed nationally and internationally for his unique and poetic visual style, Oki has participated in numerous international exhibitions and film festivals. Photo by Tomomi Nishimura
As part of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023, an installation by Tomoki Hiramoto, Kota Iguchi and Asao Tokolo, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and participated in the “Art Incubation Program” at the Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT], will be presented at an offsite venue.
TOKOLO Asao was born in Tokyo in 1969. He studied architecture since his childhood under EGASHIRA Shin, and began to create patterns on September 11, 2001. Under the theme of "connecting," he continues to work across the boundaries of art, architecture, design, and other fields. He also designs and produces three-dimensional objects based on the same principle. Major works include emblems for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a glass pattern for the Dainagoya Building’s lower level, the Tokolo Pattern Magnet, etc. In addition, he has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Engineering since 2016, and at the University of Tokyo's College of Liberal Arts since 2018.
Spatial Designer / Architect
HIRAMOTO Tomoki was born in 1987, and graduated from Keio University's Graduate School of Media and Governance (SFC) with a Master's degree in Ex-Design. He was involved in the launch of FabLab Japan as a student, and established wip in 2015. He has been active in design on various scales, from product to spatial, using digital technology. For the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he worked on the podium project, and participated in the production of a 3D drone animation for the opening ceremony. He is the author of the book "3D Printing Handbook/O'Reilly Japan," and a regular contributor to design magazines.
Visual Designer / Creative Director
IGUCHI Kota was born in 1984, and is based in New York and Tokyo. He founded TYMOTE Inc. in 2008 while studying at Musashino Art University's Department of Basic Design, and in 2013, the Creative Association CEKAI. He was in charge of the production of the "Tokyo 2020 Moving Sports Pictogram," the first of its kind in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He also participated in the opening ceremony as video director, and produced a 3D drone animation for the Games. Major awards include the 2014 Tokyo TDC Award, D&AD 2015 Yellow Pencil, NY ADC Award 2015 Gold, The One Show 2022 Silver, AICP Show 2022 Design Award, AICP Post Awards 2022 Motion Design and Graphics, and more. Iguchi is a visiting professor at the Kyoto University of Arts, and a part-time lecturer at Musashino Art University.
Commission Project | 3F Exhibition Galleries, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
The Commission Project presents commissioned video works, created by Japan-based artists as products of the new festival. The fruits of the four selected artists’ work will be on display in the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum’s exhibition room on the 3rd floor until 26 March 2023, extending the duration of the festival’s regular program.
Exhibition | 2F/B1F Exhibition Galleries, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
As part of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023, various types of exhibits, such as a broad array of works by contemporary artists and the museum’s own collection, will be shown at two exhibition spaces of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, to enhance the visitor’s experience in line with the festival’s general theme, “Technology?”
Screening | 1F Hall, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
The 1F Hall of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum functions as a venue for daily screening programs that were assembled specifically for the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions. The diverse lineup of works by creators from Japan and abroad ranges from feature-length movies to experimental films, documentaries and animations, as well as pieces of contemporary art. Some of the titles are shown in Japan for the first time. The screenings will be followed by talk sessions with the respective movies’ directors and other special guests.
Live Event | 2F Exhibition Gallery/2F Lobby/1F Hall, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Staged in the Hall, Lobby and Exhibition Gallery of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum’s first and second floors, are performances that push the boundaries of conventional visual expression. Visitors can look forward to experiencing the museum setting in a completely different kind of light.
Educational Program｜1F Studio, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
The educational programs offer a variety of programs that are easy for a diverse range of people to participate in to make the festival more accessible and enjoyable.
Off-site Project | Center Square of Yebisu Garden Place
An artwork will be installed for all visitors to experience at the outdoor location of the Center Square right in the middle of Yebisu Garden Place. For the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023, Civic Creative Base Tokyo, a new business launched by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, will serve as an affiliated venue for the presentation of works. Detailed information will be announced on this website as soon as it is finalized.
YEBIZO MEETS Partnership Program | Affiliated local facilities, galleries, online platforms, etc.
YEBIZO MEETS Partnership Program is organized by the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, together with local cultural facilities and networks. Exhibitions and other events realized in cooperation with the local community, take place at various locations during the Festival.
The list of the festival’s attractions is completed by talk sessions with featured artists and other special guests.
A symposium with a diverse lineup of panelists will be held as another opportunity for digging deeper into the general theme, ”Technology?.”