The New Wave of the Aoyama Contemporary Art Scene
"SICF18 EXHIBITION" photo by Katsuhiro Ichikawa
Spiral has long been the meeting place of wandering souls in the shady back streets of Tokyo’s Aoyama district. Even better, the building, completed in 1985 by architect Fumihiko Maki, has become the headquarters of cultural life in Tokyo.
An invitation to wander freely, the Spiral Independent Creators Festival (SICF) traditionally takes place during the Golden Week, a period of back-to-back bank holidays in Japan. This most recent nineteenth edition took place this year between April 29 and May 6, proving the occasion to explore the different practices of 172 artisans and craftspersons.
line (i.e. of text); row; verse; carya (austerities); samskara (formations); running script (a semi-cursive style of kanji)
going; travelling (traveling); district (of similar merchants); guild; epic
"SICF18 PLAY" photo by Katsuhiro Ichikawa
Hakone Honbako, Japan's Book Hotel
Hotel Hakone Honbako, the 'book hotel', is equipped with wall to wall bookshelves full to the rafters. Relaxation and reading are at the top of the agenda.
In Tokyo, a Former Rice Shop Transformed Into a Creative Space
A former rice shop, renamed Almost Perfect by its new owners, serves as a den for artists and creatives from overseas who are passing through Tokyo.
The mysterious first images of a short film, shot in Tokyo with Eric Wareheim (Master of None)
Pen Films and director Jean-Baptiste Braud are happy to release a preview of the short film In the Still Night, featuring Eric Wareheim (Master of None).
218 Years After his Death, Painter Ito Jakuchu on Show in Paris for the First Time
You can see in Paris for the first time the hanging scrolls which Japanese painter Jakuchu Ito offered to the Shokoku-ji temple in Kyoto.
The Vision of Toshiyuki Inoko, a Founder of teamLab
What exactly is teamLab, known as an art collective? To find out, we interviewed its founder and chief representative, Toshiyuki Inoko.