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Tokyo Project Study 2 Tokyo Sculpture Project

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The journey towards Münster 2027

There are various sculptures in the city. Bronze statue, public art monument…. However, especially in Tokyo, it is usually easy to miss. It is certainly there, but we are not looking unconsciously. The reason seems to be the unique relationship between the city of Tokyo and us. In other words, public sculptures have a hint for us to interact with/or not the city, don’t they?

In this study, we will research various sculptures around us using the fiction that “the art festival called “Tokyo Sculpture Project” to be held in Tokyo once every 10 years”. When we look at the city in a big flow of time, how does the relationship between the city, the artworks and us come up? And again, what kind of relationship can we have now?

This question also leads to thinking about our sense in Tokyo and the way how the body works. On the other side, while closely looking at changes in the “Munster Sculpture Project” (*), we will explore public sculptures from the perspective of performance. In the end, we aim to create small works based on the research.

*Art festival held every 10 years from 1977 in Münster, a city in northwestern Germany

Image: “The journey towards Münster 2027” research, 2018
Photographer: Kato Hajime


Artist: Ima theater performance project (Saori Azuma, Miho Inatsugu, Aki Miyatake, Tomo Yamazaki]
Project planning: Shinya Satoh (Architect / Professor, Department of Architecture. Nihon University College of Science and Technology)

Documenting/recording: Hajime Kato (Photographer), Rinako Horikiri (Research assistant, Nihon University)

Study Manager: Yuri Sakamoto (Program officer, Arts Council Tokyo / Principal, School of Thought, Skill, and Dialogue)

Program activity keywords

– Sculpture
– Community
– Art festivals
– Research
– Discussions
– Creation (Performance, events etc.)

Target participants

– People interested in artwork in public spaces, bronze statues, public art, monuments, statues of characters
– People who want to explore public sculpture from various perspectives such as time, space, the body etc.
– People interested in various art festivals and projects (not just those in Japan)
– People with a sense of humor who want to explore the creative process

*Any expressive form/environment/specialty such as art, film, music, theater, architecture etc.
*Not limited to people working in Tokyo.

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

Sunday, August 4, Wednesday, September 4, Wednesday, September 11, Sunday, September 29, Wednesday, October 16, Monday, October 21, Saturday, October 26, Wednesday, November 13, Saturday, November 30, Wednesday, December 4, Wednesday, December 11, Sunday, December 22, 2019
Saturday, January 18, 2020
*19:00 – 21:00 on Wednesdays, weekend times to be decided at a later date
*Schedule has been changed.

Sharing meetings for project study 1 and 2
Sunday, November 10,2019, Sunday, January 19, 2020
*Sharing meetings will be held jointly with all Study programs.

– Themes will be decided on the basis of the interests of each participant, and research will be conducted by individuals or a small team.
– Sub-themes of research can be sculpture, public space, installation of artworks, etc… Participants are free to engage in anything related to Tokyo Sculpture Project (given that Tokyo Sculpture Project is fictitious)
– On weekdays, it is envisioned that participants will share research progress and hold discussions, and on weekends, that they will conduct fieldwork and interview experts, etc.
– After the end of the Study program, we will develop activities aimed at presenting small-scale creative projects (test performances/events, etc.) (planned for mid-February).

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)