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MOT Satellite 2019

Wandering, Mapping

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

The MOT Satellite series connects art museum and community, and uncovers local charm.
This time around our theme is the map, that essential for exploring unknown land.

MOT Satellite is an art project series designed to take the activities of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)out into the community, encouraging people to rediscover the appeal of their community in the museum’s surrounding neighborhood by taking in art and strolling the local streets. While the museum has been closed for renovations, the project’s main exhibitions have been held in former industrial sites and community spaces. The principle venue for these events will be the museum, which reopened this spring. Smaller exhibition venues (“MOT Spots”) can also be found around the neighborhood. Admission is free as before.

The exhibition introduces various “Maps;” from maps depicting an imaginary city in detail, to those that convey senses such as touch, smell and sound, as well as ones visualizing the daily lives of the people who live there. Participants’ relationships to their community are charted through a “gamebook” that entails collecting narrative fragments, and a tapestry that gets woven as participants respond to questions. There will also be maps that overturn visitors’ preconceptions of what constitutes a map, such as mysterious nautical maps created by ocean-going peoples, and ancient maps drawn on geographical misunderstanding.

Once you’ve received your “Adventure Book”in the final exhibition room, we invite you to go explore the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa neighborhood. You can tour MOT Spots, or drop by any place you please using the map.
“Maps” serve as clues in encountering unknown regions while also being mirrors that reflect one’s own perspectives, and indeed harbor the potential to change the way you look at and engage with the museum’s local district, and the neighborhood where you live.

Featured exhibits at the museum

Takayuki Imaizumi (Chirijin)
In this exhibition the artist depicts an imaginary city (Nagomuru)in the format of a commercial city map. Intermittently updated over the past 20 years, this map, rather than reflecting the vision of an ideal city from the creator’s perspective, is a manifestation of an observer’s process of attempting to read into the everyday lives and conflicts of the 1.56 million people who live here.

Mary Corey March
“I’m an optimist”
“I love my family.”
In the participatory work “Identity Tapestry,” 200 plates describing various attributes and characteristics are studded into a wall panel. Participants are invited to wrap strands of yarn around the plates they feel apply to them, resulting in the creation of a large woven piece of tapestry extending along the entire wall.

Takayuki Mitsushima
Takayuki Mitsushima is an artist who makes sense of space, objects and matter through sensory measures other than sight including sound, smell, touch, and physical sensations, which he visually depicts through various shapes and colors. While he is known for his two-dimensional works made with drafting tape and cut-out stickers, also presented here are a selection of new works with a three-dimensional aspect created through the spacing, inclination and height difference of nails hammered onto wooden panels.

Ayako Sato
Ayako Sato engages in various projects that use dialogue to shed light on the things we often pay little attention to in our everyday lives. Sato uses a method she refers to as“personal memory mapping,” in which the everyday lives and emotional attachments of individuals are plotted on a map in order to both reveal and archive the characteristics of that particular area. In this way the artist visualizes the changes of the past 60 years in the relationship between the residents she interviewed from the Fukagawa / Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district, and their local neighborhood.

Orangcosong + Haruka Shinji
“Thematic Walk – ENGEKI QUEST” invites each participant to freely explore the town and its streets based on options indicated in the “Adventure Book,” a gamebook in which the story branches out according to the choices of the game player. The story starts when visitors get a copy of the“Adventure Book” in the exhibition room. By participating in the game while actually walking around the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa neighborhood locating various landmarks, players find themselves in a cross between fiction and reality.

“MOT Spots” (showcase exhibits on the streets)

Cafes dotted around the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa area, shop windows and other facilities are used to present artworks. Opening hours and dates differ for each venue, so please confirm in advance before planning your visit.

Takayuki Mitsushima “Strolling the streets in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa”
From delicious smells to steps, and the way the light enters a space…. Takayuki Mitsushima transformed various things he felt and experienced in stores of interest into artworks.

Allpress Espresso Tokyo Roastery & Café (3-7-2 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Cheese no koe (The Voice of Cheese) (Daiichi Kondo Bldg 1F,1-7-7 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
HOZON (2-13-3 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Shima Book (2-13-2 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)

Takayuki Imaizumi “Items lost by the residents of Nagomuru”
It seems that residents of the imaginary city of Nagomuru have lost certain items on their visit to the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district. Their characters and tastes can be seen from receipts, loyalty cards etc. (features fictional people).

– WORLD NEIGHBORS CAFÉ Kiyosumi-Shirakawa (1F, Daini Isekiyo Bldg., 4-13-1 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
– Fukagawa Edo Museum (1-3-28 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
– Hand Made Delica YAMAKOSHI (4-3-1 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo)

Related programs

Artist talks and workshops

What are the participating artists thinking about?

Talk with Takayuki Imaizumi “How to walk around an imaginary city”
Date/time: Monday (public holiday), August 12 15:00 – 16:30
Venue: Little Tokyo (1-7-14 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Capacity: 50 (No advance reservation required, first-come-first-served basis)

Takayuki Mitsushima Workshop “Touchable Card”
Date/time: Saturday, September 7 14:00 – 16:30
Venue: Fukagawa Dobutsu Shogi Café IPPUKU (3-2-15 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Capacity: 20 (advance reservation required)

Ayako Sato Workshop “Sharing familial landscapes”
Date/time: Monday (public holiday), September 16 13:00 – 17:00
Venue: Lecture Room 2, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Eligibility: People who want to hear stories of their family again as an adult, or two people from that family
Capacity: 10 people/5 pairs (advance reservation required)

Orangcosong + Haruka Shinji Talk “ENGEKI QUEST: The Making of the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Volume”
Date/time: Monday (Public holiday), October 14 18:00 – 19:30
Venue: Little Tokyo (1-7-14 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Capacity: 50 (no advance reservation required, first-come-first-served basis)

Summer Night Talk

Museum open until 21:00! Casual talk for map enthusiasts on a summer night
Venue: Foyer or exhibition room, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Capacity: 30 seats (no advance reservation required)

Agnes YOSHII (Aisa Shirai, KEKE) “Dancing in secret in the gaps of the streets: Techniques for dance mapping”
Date/time: Friday, August 9 18:30 – 20:00

Zenrin Co. Ltd. “A view of the streets by the master mapmakers”
Date/time: Friday, August 16 18:30 – 20:00

Nobuyuki Hamamoto (KAO MARATHON Laboratory) + Yassan (GPS drawing)”Modern geoglyph: GPS Art”
Date/time: Friday, August 30 18:30 – 20:00

Other events

Gallery talk by the curators in charge
Date/time: Friday, August 9, Friday, September 6, Saturday, October 12
Starting 11:00 for all dates (each session will last about 40 minutes)
Meeting place: entrance to B2 special exhibition room, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
*No advance reservation required.

Workshop “Let’s take a summer vacation to draw a huge picture on the Earth”
Date/time: Saturday, August 10 11:00 – , 14:00 – (each session will last about 1 hour 15 minutes)
Capacity: 20 per session / Elementary school children and older (adults also welcome / advance reservation required)
Instructor: Nobuyuki Hamamoto (KAO MARATHON Laboratory) + Yassan (GPS drawing)

A viewing with visual description (describing in words)
Date/time: Sunday, September 8 13:30 – 15:00
Capacity:5 visually-impaired people (accompanying persons may also attend / advance reservation required)
Facilitator: Takayuki Mitsushima

Art appreciation through sign language! How to walk an unknown world
Date/time: Monday (public holiday), September 23 13:30 – 16:30
Eligibility: people who use sign language, also those who don’t know how to sign
Capacity: 15 (advance reservation required)
Facilitator: Sign Art Project

Slow art tour
Date/time: Saturday, October 5 13:30 – 15:00
Eligibility: wheelchair and cane users, people with internal problems or illnesses, people who want to participate in a gallery talk at a slow pace
Meeting place: entrance to B2 special exhibition room, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (no advance reservation necessary)


Free (including related programs)


TEL: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial, 7days a week between 8:00-22:00)
TEL: 03-5245-4111 (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, weekdays between 9:30-18:00)


Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Exhibition Gallery B2F, MOT SPOT (Showcase exhibits on the street) in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Area



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs
Supported by
Koto City, Embassy of the United States of America
With the special cooperation of
Fukagawa Shiryokan Avenue Shopping Street Cooperative Society
Cooperated by
National Museum of Ethnology, Zenrin Co., Ltd., KUSUNOKI WORKS, Town Magazine Fukagawa, Allpress Espresso Japan Co., Ltd., Voice of Cheese, Shima Book, HOZON, Fukagawa Edo Museum, World Neighbors Café Kiyosumi-shirakawa, Hand Made Delica YAMAKOSHI