What we do


TURN is an art project that brings about interaction and a variety of unique individual encounters among people of different backgrounds and customs. With artist Katsuhiko Hibino as supervisor, we aim to create new hands-on cultural experiences that reach each and every unique individual by undertaking the Interactive Program that form the basis of TURN, holding TURN Fes, which brings together the various Interactive Program from each community under one roof, and launch TURN LAND in various locations to serve as a year-round activity hub.


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; various locations around the capital


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Art's Embrace (NPO)

Events Information

Interactive Program

This is the core TURN program, which gives depth to the TURN experience through artists visiting different locations catering to specific communities such as welfare facilities and educational support centers, and interacting with the people who use them, staff and families.


Based on TURN Center concept meetings conducted in 2016, everyday TURN activity hub TURN LAND will get an experimental rollout with a three-pronged approach.

“LAND-ification” of facilities on the Interactive Program
Partner facilities on the Interactive Program play a central role in this initiative, for which they will hold a “TURN Days” with the participation and cooperation of artists and supporters. This will differ from the facilities’ day-to-day operations, and provide an opportunity for members of the public to take part as well. The initiative will go on to be open to local communities on a regular basis.

“Third Place” new venture
As a venue for enabling TURN activities to be put into daily practice, this initiative will provide a space for everybody, whether they are disabled or not and regardless of their sexuality, nationality and living environment.
Study groups and workshops for this pilot project are planned over several months this fiscal year.

Opening of Kasuga TURN LAND (tentative title)
To coincide with the launch of TURN LAND, this initiative based in a room in a building in Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku will function as an office centering on NPO activities. It will also act as an information transmission hub where research groups and training programs will be hosted with the aim of producing ample support personnel to assist with TURN operations.

TURN Fes 3

Artists and partner facility members who developed relationships through the Interactive Program and TURN LAND gather together under one roof to present the interactions they experienced in a variety of ways.

[Event outline]
Period: Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Opening times: 9:30 – 17:30 (admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Venue: Citizen’s Gallery 1 and 2, Lobby level, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Uenokoen 8-36, Taito-ku, Tokyo)

TURN Meetings

Planned as a forum for sharing TURN and open exchange of thoughts, the first session will convene on Sunday, June 11. Study groups encouraging thought and featuring guest lecturers will also be organized, along with annual report meetings looking back on the previous year.

[Schedule outline]
Date: 10:00 – 18:00 Sunday, June 11, 2017
Venue: Tokyo University of the Arts (Uenokoen 12-8, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Venue: Tokyo University of the Arts (Uenokoen 12-8, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Venue: Tokyo University of the Arts (Uenokoen 12-8, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Venue: Tokyo University of the Arts (Uenokoen 12-8, Taito-ku, Tokyo)

Overseas rollout

This fall, TURN has been invited to the first International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America (BIENALSUR), which will operate in collaboration with a network of South American cities. In line with this, TURN will run Interactive Programs in Argentina, Peru and so on this summer. A report session is planned with guest project
members, which will feature footage of the Interactive Program rolled out in South America and the results of exhibitions there through images.

[Event outline]
Title: TURN in BIENALSUR (tentative title) report session
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Venue: Tokyo University of the Arts (Uenokoen 12-8, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Co-organizer (planned) : Tokyo University of the Arts

PR and documentation

A written account of TURN activities will be created and released as TURN NOTE. TURN News (tentative) will also be issued in order to share information with people involved in the project. Sharing information on interactions and participants this way will promulgate TURN’s activities, while enhancing the project’s internal lateral communication.



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