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Workshop: Creating expression from records 2023

  • Art Project ,
  • Exhibition / Screening

We are holding workshops for creating new expression by looking at or making records.
In order to reflect on records from a variety of perspectives, we start 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 themes based on their own interests. They will challenge themselves to exploring and giving shape to expression generated by records related to those themes.

On the final day of the workshops, we will hold an exhibition. There will be no restrictions with regard to the expressive techniques, which can include reports, exhibition and project plans, paintings, pieces of writing, photography, video, performance, sculptural/3D objects, and installations. Your record of expression does not necessarily have to be complete as a work; we are giving shape to expression to share our interests with others and engage in dialog, so it is fine if your idea is to unveil your expression at the intermediate research stage.

Recommended for people who 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

Sunday, July 23
We will hold a lecture on record-generated expression, as well as a workshop on verbatim accounts. After looking at practices for “creating expression from records” in the second half, we will discuss and attempt to create our own expression.

Sunday, July 30
We will visit a museum/ reference library etc. in Koto-ku for field research; after listening to what the practitioners have to say, we will create a report. Participants will also think about their personal interests and research going forward.
Based on two days of activities, participants will work on their own practices. They will go talk to people they are interested in, research materials etc., and based on this take on the challenge of creating expression using a method of their choosing.

Sunday, August 20
This day is set aside for open consultation. Participants can consult with the facilitators as necessary. Also possible online.

Saturday, September 9
Setting up in the exhibition venue

Sunday, September 10
Participants each bring their own forms of expression and discuss with other participants.

*Program details are subject to change.
*A workshop with the same title was held last year, and volunteers/former participants of that workshop got together to hold the exhibition “Creating Expression from Records” (March 2023).
Please see “The making of the exhibition “Creating Expressions from Records” (report)” for information about last year’s event.


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


12 (First-come-first-served basis.)
*We will prioritize those who can join for all dates.

Participation fee

General 8,000 yen/Students 3,000 yen (all sessions)
*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 23. No refunds will be given due to absences during the workshop series.

How to reserve

Please apply using the form here.
*Personal information will be handled as strictly confidential and used only for the operation of this event and to send you information from the organizer.

Application deadline
Monday, July 17, 2023
*The application process may be closed before this date, depending on the number of applications received.


General Incorporated Association NOOK


Studio 04 and other spaces in Tokyo


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