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Location:Shinko Pier

The exhibition venue will be located in the Shinko quays area, constructed more than a century ago on reclaimed land. The hammer crane’s symbolic presence illustrates how the quays no longer serve their erstwhile function, but have over time evolved into an area with new horizons. In 1999, the World Porters complex and Navios Hotel were constructed, followed by the Aka Renga and JICA in 2002, the former passenger terminal was transformed into a studio for the Tokyo University of the Arts’ Film and New Media Dept. in 2006. In 2008, Shinko Pier, (4,400 square meters) was newly-built for the Yokohama Triennale.


Creative Teamwork in a Collaborative Atelier

Notwithstanding its vast area, Shinko Pier’s human scale succeeds in encapsulating a Small City for the Future. Thanks to the united efforts of Yokohama residents and some 150 art initiatives from all over the world in total some 300 international participants (not all in one same period). Each group will organise autonomous events or exhibitions in addition to the basic informative display, linking with other participants so that the entire area integrates harmoniously.


A Working Studio: Who and How?

Considering the vast indoors as an outdoor space, the teams will recreate a people-friendly city on a human scale. The project area consists of four distinct sections that interlink to create a cityscape composed of streets with a wide range of building and home types; a theatre and a library; a residential section containing houses with a harbour-view, alongside a section reminiscent of the architectural diversity in Yokohama's Noge district. Designed and produced by architects and artists, the working studios for the Arts Initiatives embody a sense of home and working environment. Building materials used in the various projects including a library, a school, a theatre, an art gallery, restaurants, boutiques and even a barber shop will consist of discarded wood and large-scale garbage. Following the event’s closure, all materials will be recycled. Among those actively involved: Mikan, Koizumi Atelier, Work Station, Contemporaries / Jun Yanagisawa, Akiko Miya / Studio 2A, Atelier Bow-wow, Takaharu Tezuka +Yui, Ryuji Fujimura, Akinori Matsumoto, Mio Shirai, Michiyoshi Isozaki, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, Off-Nibroll, PH Studio, Yusuke Asai, Tatsuji Ushijima, NOGAN, Hukazawa Art Laboratory, Junko Maruyama, Yusuke Suzuki and others.


Power Supply

Rather than using existing air conditioning and lighting systems, a new charger system (50 kw) with a photovoltaic power generator and redox flow cell systems will be in- stalled to ensure a power supply. Aiming for an 85% reduction in electricity consumption, human generated electricity will also play its part. A ventilat- ing system will be placed on the 12m high window-roof. Separate air-con- ditioning and lighting systems will be installed for the street’s houses and galleries. Lanterns and LEDs will be used at night. A climbing gourd will cover the building’s facade.


Participants from afar on short visits will overnight in hotels, while those remaining for longer periods will stay on a home-stay basis in apartment complexes for the elderly throughout the entire urban area, thus leading to a positive interaction between hosts and guests. In all, some 70 guests can be accommodated at the same time and will remain for periods ranging from 3 days up to 3 months. BankART Kamome-so, Galelie Paris’ apartment, Kanagawa Prefectural Housing Supply Corporation, Yokohama City Housing Supply, Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) Kanagawa Branch and others will offer about 30 rooms to the particpating groups.Paris’apartment will offer accomodation to the particpating groups.


The Food and Contemporary Art project actively promot- ed by BankART will form a restaurant network, princi- pally operating a catering relay service and also offering a food court. Along with a WS programme, visiting teams will present foods from their native lands, while special events will be organised by the art food teams. Partici- pants : CUEL, Shoku Kenkyu Koubou+Pateya, Takahito Kimura,Sukkara Café (Korea) and many others.


While championed by most of the participating pro- fessionals, we would also like Yokohama residents and others to actively participate in this project in as much as possible. A weekly bus, for example, will link Tohoku with Yokohama, so as to enable residents of north east Japan to travel to Shin Minatomura and vice versa, thus fostering an exchange of skills, commodities and power on a regular ba- sis. We would also like to establish a boat link. Among items we try to collect: 200 chests of drawers for use in the library. 50 sofas for the coffee shop, 1,000 items of used clothing for the ateliers. We actively encourage the residents’ participation in this and other aspects of the production process.

Programme linking Shinko Pier with NYK

Though the distance might seem off-putting, walking through the streets to the Shinko Pier is just what one needs to raise one’s spirits: The vicinity is rich in attractions: The Tokyo University of the Arts, the Navios Hotel, World Porters complex, JICA, and the Bankokubashi SOKO. Banners will be placed at each amenity along the route. Danny Yung’s artworks are used for the signs at the beginning of the Circle Walk and a Medical Herbman Café Project will be installed in the vacant lots.