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Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumn

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumn

Omachi City is located in the northwestern part of Nagano Prefecture."Northern Alps International Arts Festival 2020-2021" opens on October 3, 2021 in this place facing the Northern Alps where famous peaks such as Mt. Shirouma, Kashima Yari, Tateyama, Yarigatake, and Hotakadake are lined up. Did.This time, which will be the second time following 10, 2 groups of artists from 29 countries will exhibit 2017 works (including 2 performances) in 5 distinctive areas of Omachi City. I am.Introducing the charm of the art festival with the story of Furamu Kitagawa, general director!

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumn"Northern Alps International Arts Festival 2020-2021" poster

Triennale realized by citizen's art activities

The "Northern Alps International Arts Festival" was held from June to July 29, "to disseminate the charm of Omachi City both domestically and internationally with the help of contemporary art." It was held for the first time as an international art festival (triennale) once every three years with the goals of "making the area a place for exchange" and "regaining the vitality and vitality of the area and aiming for sustainable community development". ..

Furamu Kitagawa, who became the general director, will appreciate the works of people, artists, and tourists living in the area through contemporary art through the "Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial" (Niigata Prefecture). While traveling around the area, we created a new style of art festival, discovering the charm of the area.This was established at the "Setouchi Triennale" (Okayama and Kagawa prefectures), which boasts a total of more than 100 million visitors, and triggered art festivals to be held all over the country.In addition to the "Northern Alps International Art Festival", Mr. Fulham also works on "Boso Satoyama Art Festival Ichihara Art x Mix" (Chiba Prefecture) and "Oku Noto International Art Festival" (Ishikawa Prefecture) to create a community through art. increase.

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnGeneral Director Furamu Kitagawa

Fulham looks back on his encounter with Omachi City.
"I was invited by several groups related to the area, such as tourist guides in Omachi, to give lectures, etc., and they held an event called" Shinano Omachi Food and Art Corridor. " , I also had a connection with the city hall, and I met with Mayor Toru Ushikoshi and talked about what an art festival is like and what Omachi can do. The mayor said, "Let's do it! You say that you jump off the stage of Kiyomizu, but for me, doing an art festival is like jumping from 10 times the height of the stage of Kiyomizu. I refused at first because I needed to be so prepared. is"

In Omachi City, before the first art festival was held, "Omachi Winter Art University" where professional artists and creators guide planning, production and performance, etc., with an initiative born from the general incorporated foundation "Regional Culture Coordinator Dispatch Model Project" , Local artist Nobuyuki Sugihara serves as an art director"Shinano no Kuni Primitive Sense Art Festival"Held and the migration of several artists accompanying it, and the hemp storehouse built in the late Edo period will be regenerated and maintained to serve as a base for crafts and art."Asakura Project", Art exchange with writers in Mendocino, California, USA, artist stays and produces"Shinano Omachi Asahi AIR"There were various movements that became the seeds of the art festival by the citizens, such as the maintenance of the festival.

Mr. Fulham, who has conducted research in Omachi City, has focused on five areas with the concept of "water, wood, soil, sky-land is a sign, transparency, and weight." We propose to have an exhibition.A "headwater area" with abundant meltwater and spring water in the Northern Alps.The "Nishina Sanko Area" has three lakes along the route that was once called Shio no Michi.The "urban area" prospered as a post town on the Chikuni Highway.The "Higashiyama area" that preserves the life and scenery of Satoyama.The "dam area" is the gateway to Kurobe Dam and has many dams built.Each artist chooses an exhibition venue from five areas with different regional characteristics, touches the history and nature of the region, and creates works through interaction with people.The viewer is a mechanism to go around the town and experience Omachi City while visiting the works.

Last time, held in 29, 2017 restaurants (tie-up restaurants) that developed a special menu for the art festival using local ingredients, reception of the exhibition hall to liven up the town and the art festival With the cooperation of volunteer supporters who were in charge of hospitality such as restaurants and information, and local residents who helped with the production of artists, the total number of visitors reached 13.In addition, it has been announced that the total tourism consumption in the city will be 40 million yen and the economic spillover effect to Nagano prefecture will be 4.7 billion yen.

Mayor Ushikoshi, who is also the chairman of the executive committee, said, "Through excellent works of art, the history and climate of Omachi City was expressed more clearly, and visitors were able to fully enjoy the splendor of art and the charm of Omachi City. At the same time, I think it was an opportunity for the citizens to reaffirm the charm of the local area. "

2017 Northern Alps International Arts Festival Works (Photo by Tsuyoshi Hogo)

  • Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnJames Tapscott (Australia) "Arc ZERO"
  • Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnYasuaki Igarashi (Japan) "Cloud Yui"
  • Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnNikolai Polskiy (Russia) "Bamboo Wave"
  • Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnFelice Varini (Switzerland / France) "Ellipse for the Village"

The fact that the local people enjoyed the art festival helped to hold the festival

『北アルプス国際芸術祭2020-2021』は、令和3(2021)年5月の先行公開を経て、10月2日、待ちに待った開幕を迎えました。本来は令和2(2020)年5月から開催する予定でしたが、COVID-19感染拡大防止の観点から延期をしての開催となりました。

When I asked Mr. Fulham what to see in an interview at the end of September, which was about to open, he said, "I still can't afford to talk about the highlights. I'm relieved to be able to open the curtain for the time being. I will go. "Then, he looked back on the period during which he had been preparing while being swayed by Corona.

"I was fortunate that most of the participating domestic and foreign artists came to Omachi City and completed research on the venues where their works were exhibited before the spread of the corona. I only entered one foreign artist, but I had a close discussion online with all the artists. With the development of online, I was able to confirm that the artists are in the field. Thanks to the help of the local people, each artist was able to continue producing at their own bases. Performance programs such as drama and live performances are involved in a large number of people, so the timing may be different. If it stops, it will be difficult to start moving again. However, if the exhibition is postponed to some extent with maintenance, the artist's thinking will change and the work will change if it is postponed for another year or two. The expiration date of the art festival may expire, but in preparing for the art festival, the people in the area who were involved in the first time, especially the elderly people, made the art festival interesting and united. It was great that he wanted to see it again. I am grateful for this. I was able to feel once again that your love for the area is very deep. "

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnMr. Fulham explaining the work on the tour held on October 10nd

On Saturday, October 10nd, the first day of the opening, a tour was held for the press and others under the clear autumn sky, and I was given the opportunity to visit the exhibited works as soon as possible.Here are some of the works.

Dam Area / Tom Muller (Australia) "Source <Rock, River, Origin, Water, Overall Length, Tension, Between>"
The scale of the work that created a waterfall with water pumped from the river on a huge hermit rock with a total length of 22 meters and a height of 9 meters, which is thought to have been washed away from the upper reaches of the Takase River, and generated fog. In addition to the legend that hermits live in, it creates a mysterious space.

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnTom Muller (Australia) "Source <rock, river, origin, water, overall length, tension, interval>"

Dam Area / Yukihisa Isobe (Japan) "Uncertain Wind Direction"
Nanakura Dam boasts one of the highest heights in Japan of 125 meters as a rock-fill dam built by heaping soil and rocks.In the open space at the foot of the mountain, you can see works drawn with rocks excavated from it.The expression looks like an arabesque pattern on the road.The whole space is approaching with overwhelming power as if it were a work.

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnYukihisa Isobe (Japan) "Uncertain Wind Direction"

Headwaters Area / Manal Aldoyan (Saudi Arabia) "Illuminate Me"
A spectacular installation with about 200 shimenawa hanging on the stage of Sunuma Shinmeisha, where Amaterasu Omikami is enshrined.The pillar installed in the center shines mysteriously and beautifully in the evening.Shimenawa was made with the cooperation of the local people.

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnManal Aldoyan (Saudi Arabia) "Illuminate Me"

Urban area / Noriko Watanabe (Japan) "The story of Omachi to date"
A number of worlds like a miniature garden that express various "Omachi" by collage of familiar accessories in a white box of 5 cm square.At the workshop during the KENPOKU ART XNUMX, we will ask you to create "Omachi", which is filled with the memories and history of the town that you hold, and will exhibit it along with the works of the artist.

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnNoriko Watanabe (Japan) "The Story of Omachi to date"

Urban area / Rintaro Hara + Yu Hara (Japan) "Waterland-Small Omachi-"
An installation where you can experience the nature of Shinano Omachi, the four seasons, animals, buildings, people's lives, folklore, etc., expressing a "fictional small Omachi".Why don't you float a small Styrofoam boat and go around the town?This is a very popular exhibition for children!

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnRintaro Hara + Yu Hara (Japan) "Waterland-Small Omachi-"

Last time in 29, there were dances and live music, but from this year, theater has also been added. On October 2017, "Moon Night Faust-Solo Play Version-" by Matsumoto Civic Arts Museum General Director Kazumi Kushida (Japan), and on November 10, by Ei Wada + Nicos Orchest-Lab (Japan) "ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS!"Electromagnetic Forest Theater" will be held.

Performance / Maam and Gypsy x Mina Perhonen "Letter" (Performed on October 10nd and 2rd)
A stage in which Marm and Gypsy, led by Takahiro Fujita, who leads the theater world, and Akira Minagawa's brand "Mina Perhonen," who is also the visual director of the Northern Alps International Arts Festival, collaborated.Mr. Fujita extracts words from "Letter" that Mr. Minagawa delivers by e-mail every week and directs it.A fantastic story that suits the theater in the forest was unfolded.

Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnMaam and Gypsy x Mina Perhonen "Letter" Photo by Moe Kurita

Let's taste Omachi!

Last time, the restaurants in the shopping district and the hotel district welcomed us with the special menu of the art festival.This time, each of these stores is researching and developing bento boxes limited to art festivals.Also, for those who want to enjoy sake at night, Ate (sake appetizer) has been developed for the art festival.Of course, please enjoy your meal at Shinano Omachi "Shinshu's Safe Shop".Please fill your stomach with high-quality ingredients from Omachi, dishes made with traditional foods, and sake prepared with pure water.

  • Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnJisai Restaurant Okohiru Public Hall
    "Ground lunch"
  • Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnAte project
    "SAKANA in Shinano Omachi"
  • Opening of "Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021" to experience the charm of Omachi in the Northern Alps deepening in autumnShinano Omachi Jisai Bento

On the day of the interview (end of September), Mr. Fulham, who checked all the works from the morning, said at the end, "No, Omachi City is really big. I can understand the origin of the Japanese people's relationship. I think it's very good to think about how to come and where to go while looking at the work. That is the fun of the work. It leads to feeling the power of the land. "

On the way to the tour on the first day of the "Northern Alps International Arts Festival 2020-2021", when you get off the highway at the nearest interchange, there are many people who were looking forward to the postponement of the art festival. I've come across so many cars heading towards Omachi City that I can't help.

It is strange that if you take the time to look at the works exhibited in the magnificent nature of Omachi City slowly, you will see the scenery you are used to seeing as an art work.Why don't you visit us several times and enjoy all the works slowly? While feeling the concept of "water, wood, soil, sky-land is a sign, transparency, and weight".From now on, as the scenery changes with the changing seasons such as autumn leaves and snow cover, you may discover something in your heart by touching the charm of art works and Omachi City.

Sentence: Koichi Imai
Photo: Fumihiko Oki

Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021
Northern Alps International Art Festival 2020-2021

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