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Workshop: Creating expression from records

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We are holding workshops for creating new expression by looking at or making records. Starting by hearing from people who practice expression using records from the past and taking a close look at and discussing these expressions, participants will then decide on their own themes of interest, and challenge themselves to exploring expression generated by records. The workshop process will incorporate discussions between participants, facilitators and guests, and/or going out into the field to listen to what someone has to say in order to reflect on records from a variety of perspectives.

There will be no restrictions on the expressive techniques we will tackle in the latter workshop sessions, including exhibition and project plans, paintings, plays, pieces of writing, photography, and sculptural/3D objects. Please join us if you record something on a daily basis, are interested in verbatim accounts and research, or would like to create an expressive work associated with these processes.

Workshop flow

Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:00 – 17:00 (scheduled)
We will hold a lecture on record-generated expression, as well as a workshop on verbatim accounts. We will also visit a museum/ reference library etc. in Koto-ku for field research.

Sunday, July 31, 2022 10:00 – 17:00 (scheduled)
We try our hand at creating expression from recorded material. After looking at practical examples we will discuss and attempt creative expression. Participants will also think about their personal interests and research towards the final presentation.

*Based on two days of activity, participants will work on their own practices. During the time before the last session (August 20), participants will take on the challenge of creating expression from records using a method of their choosing.

Saturday, August 13, 2022 10:00 – 17:00 (scheduled)
This day is set aside for open consultation. Participants can consult with the facilitators as necessary. Online consultation will also be available.

Saturday, August 20, 2022 10:00 – 17:00 (scheduled)
Participants bring and present their forms of expression (a report, an exhibition or project plan, a painting, a play, a piece of writing, photography, a video/film, a sculptural/3D object etc.), and then discuss it with other participants.

*In response to the COVID-19 situation: field work, discussions etc. will be conducted so as to avoid the“Three Cs”(closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings). We will review how the workshops are held and run according to the situation regarding coronavirus.
*Program contents are subject to change.


Natsumi Seo (artist/founder of NOOK)
Daichi Nakamura (writer and director/leader of Yaneura Heights/NOOK)


12 people
*We will prioritize those who can join for all dates.
*Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so we will stop accepting applications as soon as capacity is reached.

Participation fee

General 6,000 yen/Students 3,000 yen (all sessions, includes tax)

*Participants are responsible for expenses related to fieldwork including transportation and lunch.
*Participants are asked to pay in cash for the first workshop on July 30.
No refunds will be given due to absences during the workshop series.

How to apply

The number of application reached the capacity and the registration is now closed.

Please fill out the application form here.
*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential, and used only to send you information from the organizer about this event.

Application deadline
Monday, July 25, 2022
Should capacity be reached, we may stop accepting applications early.


General Incorporated Association NOOK


3331 Arts Chiyoda 3F ROOM302 (6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), SOOO dramatic! (1-11-15 Shitaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo), and others


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), General Incorporated Association NOOK