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Nishi-Ogikubo Film Festival 2017: The inseparability of work and expression

  • Visual Art / Media Art ,
  • Art Project ,
  • Exhibition / Screening

Nishi-Ogikubo is home to many independent businesses encapsulating the tastes and interests of the owners. And while the homogenization of Tokyo continues on a daily basis through the spread of chain operations and the like, this area still retains its own unique culture.
The services and products chosen according to the individual aesthetic senses of each business owner also seem to reflect attitudes and intentions towards society. As well as being the work the owners do for their daily bread, these businesses represent the owners’ own ideas and ways of thinking. The Nishi-Ogikubo district has been molded by the accumulation of labor and expression like this.

At the same time, many artists are not earning the necessary income from their work to support themselves. But if you think this means artists feel a disconnect between creative expression and work, think again. Both involve reciprocal returns and are inseparable.

The Nishi-Ogikubo Film Festival 2017 is an attempt to exhibit works of visual expression using the aforementioned stores as venues during business hours. Energetic artists will express themselves in shop spaces where business owners express themselves (or work).

We live our daily lives working, stocking up and consuming as we go. Organizers hope this festival provides the opportunity to have contact with the life and work of our contemporaries, as well as reflect on our own lives. Come see a relationship you’ve never seen before between creative expression and work.

Artist and venue

Chiho Hayashi × Fuji Cleaning

12:00-20:00 (Closed on Thursday) 4-3-1 Nishiogikita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Shu Isaka × Nomad Books

19:30-22:00 (Closed on Wednesday) 3-12-10 Nishiogikita Tsukasa Building 1F, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Hoji Tsuchiya × Handsome Shokudo

18:00-23:00 3-11-5 Nishiogiminami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Eiki Okuda × HATOBA

12:00-22:00 5-7-19 Nishiogikita HATOBA.C.M.A 2F, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Ryosuke Takana × vacant stores beneath the elevated train tracks

12:00-21:00 Nishiogi My Road 3-24-1 Nishiogiminami, Suginami-ku, Tokyo

Tetsushi Higashino × Shinai Book Store en=gawa

12:00-21:00 2-24-15 Nishiogiminami, SUginami-ku, Tokyo

Participating artists

Shu Isaka, Eiki Okuda, Ryosuke Tanaka, Hoji Tsuchiya, Chiho Hayashi, Tetsushi Higashino

*Content is subject to change.
*The details will be announced later on the website.


TEL: 090-4737-4798


Shinai Book Store en=gawa, Nomad Books, HATOBA, Handsome Shokudo, Yamazaki Billiards, Fuji Cleaning, vacant stores beneath the elevated train tracks



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Ongoing (General Incorporated Association)
Supported by
The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences, Suginami City