• Finished

Tokyo Project Study 1 "Creating in Tokyo" (continued)

  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Describing the distance between the art project and the self

Who does an art project belong to, and what is it aiming for?
Through description we consider these questions, faced by many people in the field.
When the process itself – involving people with diverse positions and perspectives – is presented as an artwork, neither its viewers nor record keepers (photographers, writers and editors) nor critics are able to be observers pure and simple.
Often in such situations, we refer to an observation technique known in cultural anthropology as “participant observation,” in which it is important for observers to face their background and physicality, and to clarify the distance between them and their subject. That is to say that it is necessary to “observe” and “describe” the self at the same time one “observes” and “describes” the project.
This Study program takes as its example an art project taking place in Tokyo in fall 2019.Participants will be present on site as observers and record keepers, allowing each with their different backgrounds to think about “creating in Tokyo” through the exchange of their diverse points of view.


Natsuki Ishigami (Playwright / Pepin Structural Designs / President, Places and Narratives (NPO ) / Director, The CAVE)

Study Manager: Tae Yoshihara (Program officer, Arts Council Tokyo)

Program activity keywords

– Workshop (writing methods, points of view)
– Research (project participation / study and observation visits, etc.)
– Discussions
– Drafting proposals (for report-writing)
– Writing reports

Target participants

– People interested in documenting and disseminating art projects
– People interested in process-oriented forms of expression
– People interested in thinking about and capturing things in writing
– People looking for a new project to develop

Participation fee

General 30,000 yen, students 20,000 yen for about six months
*Does not include transportation expenses for fieldwork and other activities.


About 10 persons

Dates of activities

Guidance, workshop 1
Saturday, August 24

Workshop 2
Wednesday, September 4

On-site fieldwork (all participants)
Saturday, September 7

Fieldwork etc. (to be held periodically / as necessary)
September – mid October

Participation in some art projects
Wednesday, October 16, Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18
*Any one day or more from the above schedule

Project review, workshop 3
Saturday, October 26

Feedback and discussion
Saturday, November 23

Reports made available, critical review session
Saturday, December 7

Study 1 summary
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sharing meeting for project study 1 and 2
Sunday, November 10
Sunday, January 19, 2020

* First draft of report due on Saturday, November 2, final draft due on Saturday, November 30
* Outside of program activity days, we plan to arrange participation and observation of project meetings, fieldwork etc. Participants to be consulted regarding schedule. Metropolitan locations planned. Transportation costs to be borne by participants.
* Sharing meetings will be held jointly with all Study programs.
* Schedule / details are subject to change.

How to reserve

Please use the application form here.

Sunday, July 21 2019

Selection schedule
Saturday, July 6 2019, 13:00-15:00: Briefing
(Please see here for details and how to apply)
Monday, July 22 – Sunday, July 28 2019: Screening
*After the document screening we may contact you by Skype or telephone.
Monday, July 29 – Wednesday, July 31 2019: Notification of results


Project Coordination Division,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-8435(Weekday 10:00-18:00)


Arts Council Tokyo ROOM 302 (6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo [3331 Arts Chiyoda])



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)