ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions is a unique annual event founded in 2009 which combines exhibitions, screenings, live performances, and talk sessions. Over the years, the festival has aspired to be a forum for exploring the question of how to nurture and sustain the development of visual expression and media with a wide range of stakeholders, while revitalizing creative activities in the visual arts.
With these things in mind, the logo for this festival was designed to express the idea of approaching matters of “imagery” together, with the aim to come up with more than just one answer. There are things that only become visible once they are included in the bracket of “imagery,” so rather than implying exclusiveness, the brackets here represent an open frame, an open stage that invites and at once highlights all kinds of things going in and out.
THIS YEAR’S THEME
AFTER THE SPECTACLE
The pandemic, an event that none of us had ever experienced before, has caused significant changes in everyday life. The visual media that are increasingly penetrating our daily routine, have become familiar tools for reflecting the various transformations in the realms of society, politics, economics and culture.
In this day and age, easy access to visual media on multiple levels and dimensions, through communication on social media platforms in particular, has made information on any kind of event – be it a festive occasion, a war or a natural disaster – come across as a spectacle of sorts.*
The term “spectacle” is commonly used for describing a magnificent landscape or scenery, and often also some kind of show event. Being partly an optical technical term, the original Latin word “spectaculum” referred at once to such extraordinary natural occurrences as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. With the emergence of modern states in the 19th century, our perception of natural disasters was transformed by expositions, photographs and movies, through visual recreations of such events as great spectacles and magnificent sights.
Themed “After the Spectacle,” the 14th edition of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions examines the history of the (moving) image and expositions from the 19th and 20th century up to the present. In addition to displays and screenings of pieces by contemporary artists, and related events, the program was expanded with the aim to further explore the possibilities of visual media. Among others, this time it encompasses a project in which guest curator Kohara Masashi links documents related to the history of expositions to the museum’s own collection; an online movie project by the up-and-coming filmmaker Endo Maiko; and educational programs aimed to connect visitors to a rather broad range of works.
*In The Society of the Spectacle, published in 1967, French philosopher Guy Debord proposed the concept of the “spectacle” as referring to a contemporary society based on “images,” rather than limiting the term to the meaning of a “spectacular event.” Society of the spectacle is what he calls a society that passively identifies with images that are implanted in it through the media.
- The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2022
After the Spectacle
- Friday, 2/4 – Sunday, 2/20/2022 [15 days] Closed on Mondays
- Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, The Garden Room, Center Square of Yebisu Garden Place, affiliated local facilities, galleries, etc.
- 10:00−20:00 (Until 18:00 on the final day)
- *Admission will be charged for the 3rd floor, events with limited capacity such as screenings etc., and certain online programs.
*We recommend that you book online.
*Kindly note that hours and details are subject to change. Please check the latest information on this website.
- Organized by:
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) / Nikkei Inc.
- Co-organized by:
- SAPPORO REAL ESTATE CO., LTD / Fondation Maison franco-japonaise
- With assistance from:
- TBS HOLDINGS,INC. / J-WAVE 81.3 FM
- Sponsored by:
- SAPPORO BREWERIES LTD. / Corporate Membership of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
- TASAKA Hiroko
- TADA Kaori, ITO Takahiro, ENDO Miyuki, FUJIMURA Satomi
- TAKEUCHI Atsuko
- TANJI Keizo, TOBE Eri
- PR, Liaisons, Regional Cooperation
- IKEDA Ryoko, HIRASAWA Ayano, SUZUKI Ayako
- YAGYUU Miyuki
- Curatorial Supervisor
- SEKIJI Kazuko
- Guest curator
- KOHARA Masashi
- Editorial Coordinator
- UCHIDA Shinichi
- Translation (Japanese to English)
- Andreas STUHLMANN
- Web Design
- MAEDA Akinobu, KUROKI Akira, SHONO Yusuke（MAEDA DESIGN LLC.）
- UKISHITA Daisuke
- Web Supervision
- HAGIWARA Shunya