Kansai Studies is a research-based project that comprises one of Kyoto Experiment’s three programs. Artists take the lead in the program researching the regional culture of Kyoto and the greater Kansai area, using text, photography, and video to record and compile information on the occurrences, ideas, and discoveries they encounter throughout. During its first year, the program’s theme was water, an essential source of life. Artists conducted research on Lake Biwa, and the process and documentation are available on the project website (kansai-studies.com).
For this second iteration, participants delve into the world of Kansai’s favorite okonomiyaki under the theme of food, building on “water” as another vital part of our livelihood. Following last year, Osaka-based collective dot architects and Kyoto-based theater director Nagara Wada continue to lead the program, using okonomiyaki as an entry point to dig into Kansai’s history and distinct sensibilities. They launch a multifaceted approach that considers the mystery of the dish’s name, subtle differences in menu offerings across cities, and more. The final form taken by this project is left undetermined; rather, it will emerge from a multi-year research process that will itself be made available online. During the festival, there will be a public event that doubles as an interim report.
|Exhibition:||10.9 (Sat) — 10.24 (Sun) 13:00–20:00|
|(Closes at 18:00 on 10.24)|
|Closing event:||10.24 (Sun) 19:30|
Exhibition: Free admission. Details of the closing event will be announced at a later date.
Founded by Toshikatsu Ienari and Takeshi Shakushiro, dot architects is an architecture firm. It is based in the Kitakagaya district of Osaka at Coop Kitakagaya, a self-styled “collaborative studio for practicing another society,” and which brings together people and organizations from across different fields and disciplines, including art, alternative media, archiving, architecture, area studies, clubs, and nonprofits. It works collaboratively with both specialists and nonspecialists during the design and construction process. Not only design, dot architects is also involved with on-site construction, research projects, art projects, and more. Its major projects include Umaki camp (2013, Shodoshima) and Chidori-Bunka (2017, Osaka). At the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2016, it was one of the exhibitors in the Japan Pavilion, which was awarded a special mention. The collective currently has seven members: Toshikatsu Ienari, Takeshi Shakushiro, Wataru Doi, Hidefumi Terada, Keiko Miyachi, Ai Ikeda, and Tomohiro Ishida.
Wada established shitatame in February 2011 and started working as a theater director based in Kyoto. In her practice, she creates theater that uses language and the body to zoom in on the vast amount of details that we miss in our daily lives, as if stringing together a series of failed attempts to grasp something. She collaborates with artists from such other fields as visual art and photography. In 2015, she won Best Work at the fifth edition of the Telling a Story by Creating from a Play Script competition. In 2018, she won the Audience Award at the Komaba Agora Directors Concours. From 2019, she has been involved with the cartographical research project Our Freehand Atlas. She is a Saison Fellow I from 2021.