Utopia proposed an alternative to the capitalist community. It was a place of equality, cleanliness, and crime-free perfection. Tama New Town, planned in Japan to compensate for the postwar housing shortage, was also designed to be a utopia. Spacious parks were designed to be accessible to residents, kitchens were made of stainless steel, and streets were designed so that people could walk without worrying about cars.
However, at the start of the project, Tama New Town was facing many local and social issues, such as a lack of cultural facilities and places to raise children, in addition to a lack of infrastructure such as stations. Men went to work during the day and women were left behind. The women created a place around the table in Newtown, supplemented each other’s lack of infrastructure, and solved various problems through community. Their activities to fill the lack of utopia created another utopia, so to speak.
How can a utopia exist today? In this exhibition, artists and researchers will look at Tama New Town and create a space for sharing.
Curated by Heya
A collective consisting of Makiho Amemiya, Gaku Inoue, and Yui Kiyohara. They research and exhibit about places from the standpoints of furniture, architecture, and video.
THE 5TH FLOOR, taito City,Tokyo