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The 23rd National Cultural Festival Ibaraki 2008
Mito Renaissance - Culture Festival

CAFE in Mito 2008

Fridays, Weekends, Holidays
from Oct. 25, 2008 (Sat) to Nov. 24 (Mon)



Mariko Fukushima
Hanako 2008


Kaoru Arima
Untitled 2008


Kaori Furuhashi
Riso no Onna-no-Ko (Ideal Girl) 2007


Rinichi Suzuki
Matrix 2004


Katsunobu Yaguchi
Flowers and T-shirts 2007


Kouichi Ohmori
Mokomoko Biyori Exhibition
View of exhibition, 2007
Photo: Kenji Ohtani


Hisashi Makino
"Gohan Desu yo"
("It's mealtime"/small bottle) 2007

The city art project CAFE in Mito will be held for the third time, having previously taken place in 2002 and 2004.

CAFE in Mito 2008 is produced in cooperation with the MeToo Promotion Office, which consists of young creative people active locally who were brought up along with the 18-year history of Art Tower Mito (ATM).

A total of 26 artists will be featured in this year's CAFE in Mito, including 19 young artists with ties to Ibaraki Prefecture, and whose work is produced by the MeToo Promotion Office. They are joined by three artists carrying out special projects, and four artists from the "Happiness in Everyday Life" exhibition concurrently being held at Art Tower Mito (ATM). During the period, numerous exhibitions, events, and workshops will be carried out in stores, empty stores, and building spaces primarily along Route 50 between Mito Station and Art Tower Mito (ATM).

The MeToo Promotion Office also will be conducting special projects independently during the festival's month-long period, creating an atmosphere of bustle and festivity throughout Mito City.

Also, CAFE in Mito is participating in the 23rd National Cultural Festival, held from Nov. 1 (Sat) to 9 (Sun), 2008.

*The "CAFE" in "CAFE in Mito" stands for "Communicable Action for Everybody."

*MeToo Promotion Office This group was formed in April earlier this year by a group of local young creative people who grew up along with the 18 years' history of Art Tower Mito. The purpose of their group is to serve as a bridge between the city of Mito and art.
"MeToo" refers to both the English "me, too," as well as playing on the name "Mito." The name thus contains the idea of involving a wide variety of people from Mito who all work together to create the movement.
http://www.artmetoo.jp/



EXHIBITION DETAILS

Name: 23rd National Cultural Festival Ibaraki 2008
Mito Renaissance Culture Festival "CAFE in Mito 2008"

Dates: Fridays, weekends and holidays from Oct. 25, 2008 (Sat) to Nov. 24, 2008 (Mon)

Venue: At various places throughout central Mito City (Admission: Free
*Check the special issue of Map I Navi CAFE in Mito 2008 (free) for details of where and when to find the exhibited works. The brochure will be distributed at ATM and at locations in central Mito.

Organizers: Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ibaraki Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education, Mito City, Mito City Board of Education, Mito Arts Foundation, Ibaraki Prefecture, Executive Committee of 23rd National Cultural Festival, Mito City, Executive Committee of 23rd National Cultural Festival

Grant: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation

Sponsors: Mito Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mito Junior Chamber, Shiseido Co., Ltd.

Support: Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Tajima, Inc., EIPURAFUTO Co., Ltd., Tsunekawa Felt Industrial Corporation (TIFCO), SOUM Corporation, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Toyo Ink Mfg. Co., Ltd.

Planning: Tsukasa Mori (Chief curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center), Yuu Takehisa (Curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center)

Planning Cooperation: MeToo Promotion Office


Participating Artists

Young artists with ties to Ibaraki Prefecture (organized by MeToo Promotion Office)
Kaoru Arima, Nobuharu Asano, Mariko Fukushima, Kaoru Furuhashi, Hidekado Gotou, Satoko Makino, Sayaka Makino, Takumi Makino, Hisashi Makino, Mieko Matsumoto, Tai Ogawa, Yuji Ohgushi, Koichi Ohmori, Nodoka Sakamoto, Ryota Shioya, Rinichi Suzuki, Hiroko Tachihara, Nanahiro Wada, Katsunobu Yaguchi


Daniel Buren's "Rainbow"
Reappearing in Mito for the first time in 12 years, Daniel Buren's "Rainbow" flag project will once again grace the streets of Minami-machi 3-chome, where a total of 81 flags with 13 striped colors will flutter along the shopping street arcade.
*Photo (upper right)Daniel Buren "Rainbow," 1996, flag project in Minami-machi 3-chome, Mito City (photo by Shigeo Anzai)

Kimura Toshiro Jinjin "Nodate" 2008 + Moso Yatai (fancy stalls) Festival
Nov. 9 (Sun), 12 (Wed), 15 (Sat), 16 (Sun), 2008
The "Nodate" project consists of a traveling stall that lets participants make their own tea ceremony bowls, which are then used in a tea ceremony on the site. In addition to "Nodate" this year, 23 original food stalls, produced by Mito citizens participating in Kimuras workshop over a period of eight months, will also travel around the city of Mito.
*Details on the sites, times, participation fees, etc. for the food stalls can be found in the Moso Yatai (Fancy Stalls) Map that will be published shortly before the festival begins.
*Photo (upper right): Kimura Toshiro Jinjin "Nodate" 2005 (photo by Kenji Ohtani)

Participating Artists from Concurrent ATM Exhibition, Happiness in Everyday Life
Yuusuke Asai, Hiroshi Fuji and Shinji Ohmaki, participating artists in ATM's "Happiness in Everyday Life" Exhibition, will also contribute artworks to CAFE in Mito 2008.



Non-exhibition Programs during CAFE in Mito 2008

1. MeToo Promotion Office Opening Talk
"What's the 'MeToo Promotion Office'"

Date and time: Oct. 31, 2008 (Fri), starting at 7:00 p.m.
Venue: 3F, MZ Building (Old Arima Gazai Bldg.)
3-4-20 Minami-machi, Mito City

2. Lecture Series: "People, Art and the Town"
In a lecture series to be held from Nov. 1 to 3, artist, curators, and others who have been involved for many years in art projects dealing with the town and community are invited to speak about the possibilities of such projects.
Dates: Nov.1 (Sat), 2 (Sun), 3 (Mon), 2008
Times: 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m.)
Venue: Conference Hall, Art Tower Mito (ATM)
Lecturers:
- Nov. 1 (Sat) - Kimura Toshiro Jinjin, Hiroshi Fuji
- Nov. 2 (Sun) - Atelier Bow-Wow, Masato Nakamura
- Nov. 3 (Mon) - Yuji Akimoto (Director, Kanazawa 21st Century Art Museum), Osamu Ikeda (representative, BankART1929)
Moderator: Tsukasa Mori (Chief curator, ATM Contemporary Art Center)
Capacity: 100 persons (reservations taken on a first-come, first-served basis)
Fee: ¥500 each
Applications: TEL (029) 225-3555 (ATM Ticket Reservation Center)
Reservations accepted starting on Oct. 1 (Wed)

3. Kaekko Forum 2008
Since 2000, the artist Hiroshi Fuji has put on his workshop-style "Kaekko" project at more than 3,000 locations around Japan and abroad. The organizers of various "Kaekko" events will gather together in Mito on November 8 and 9 to make presentations and exchange information about their experiences, and discuss the future of the "Kaekko" movement.
Organizers Kaekko Forum Executive Committee, Mito Arts Foundation, Mito Children's Theater (Specified NPO)
Cooperation: Hitachi Naka City Workers Welfare Service Center Foundation
Dates, times, venues:
Nov. 8, 2008 (Sat) 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.), Mito City Danjo Bunka Center Beyond
Nov. 9, 2008 (Sun), 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.), Art Tower Mito Conference Room
Panelists: Hiroshi Fuji (artist), Yoko Fuji (Kaekko Secretariat), Kazuto Yasu (Workplaza Katsuta), Mariko Aomi (Kanazawa Eco-life Club), Hirokazu Nagata (NPO Brass Arts)
Capacity: 80 people (reservations taken on a first-come, first-served basis)
Fee: Free (priority given to those able to attend both days)
Applications: Make either via the Internet or by phone:
http://www.workplaza.or.jp/f670.htm
TEL 029-275-8000 (Workshop Katsuta) *Reservations taken starting Sept. 19 (Fri)
* Photo on upper right: Koji Fuji, View of "Kaekko" Site

4. Delivery Tea Service
On weekends from Oct. 25, 2008, to Jan. 18, 2009, Hideaki Watanabe will open a "movable café" in the ATM Plaza using a special vehicle that he has converted especially for that purpose. Seventy different types of tea will be available, including herbal teas brewed to match your current state of health.
Dates: Weekends from Oct. 25, 2008 (Sat) to Jan. 18 (Sun), 2009
Times: 11:00 a.m. to sunset
Venue: Art Tower Mito (ATM) Plaza

5. COW BOOKS
COW BOOKS is the name of a bookstore that presents books full of discovery and joy from around the world. The owner, Yataro Matsuura, will come to Mito for a weekend in November with a car loaded with books.
Dates: Nov. 15 (Sat), 16 (Sun), 2008
Times: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Art Tower Mito (ATM) Plaza

6. CAFE in Mito 2008 Town Cruise
Join a CAC Gallery Talker in a tour of artworks located around Mito City.
Dates: Nov. 21 (Fri) and 22 (Sat), 2008
Times: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Capacity: First 15 people who show up
Application: Unnecessary
Gathering place: Art Tower Mito (ATM) Entrance



Tai Ogawa
Konoyo no Hate to Mother-F**ker (End of the World and Mother-F**ker) 2008
Zenshi Tokyo Japan

Satoko Makino
Shiro to Shiro to Kokochi (White and White and Inner Lining) 2006

Mieko Matsumoto
From Photo-Poem Collection "Ikiru" (To Live) 2008





Takumi Makino
Katachi no Michinori (Journey of Shapes) 2005

Yuji Ohkushi
Yokai Mahjong (Monsters Playing Mahjong) 2008

Nodoka Sakamoto
Tameiki Majiri (Mixture of Sighs) 2007


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