Over there, by the huge roller coaster!
A place for communication between audiences, artists, and the festival, the “Meeting Point” can be found at ROHM Square throughout Kyoto Experiment. A huge wooden roller coaster by Dutch-based artist Oscar Peters acts as the venue, hosting talks and workshops as well as providing a place where staff are available to introduce recommended programs. Of course, you can take in Peters’ artwork or just have a break…it’s up to you. Share your thoughts with other visitors, mingle with the artists and festival staff who drop by—soak up the Kyoto Experiment festival atmosphere.
There are no humans riding this huge roller coaster: rather, it features curious objects referred to as “riders.” Some are designed and created by craftsmen and contemporary artists; others are produced at workshops for local participants. Keep an eye out for the story all these riders bring to the space. The Meeting Point (practically an open-air theater?!) is bigger and wilder than ever. Please check the official website for event details.
10.1 (Fri) - 10.24 (Sun)
13:00-19:00 (Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays)
15:30-21:30 on days with evening hours
The venue will be closed temporarily in case of rain. Please check the official website beforehand.
Born in Borger in 1981 and based in Amsterdam, Netherlands Peters' works in various media and predominantly builds kinetic sculptures and large-scale installations that visitors can enter and often interact with. When familiar utensils and everyday items unexpectedly move with simple mechanisms, a subtle and exquisite balance of violence, humor, and irony is generated, captivating the minds of viewers. While employing inherently humorous structures to maximum effect, Peters compellingly highlights contemporary social issues such as the environment, politics, and violence. In 2018 his work Underground, a huge three dimensional wooden roller coaster, was exhibited at Art Area B1 located inside Naniwabashi Station on the Keihan Line as part of ‘The Railway Festival vol.8: Beyond Urban Planning’. Major exhibitions include VOLTA (2020, De Electriciteitsfabriek, Den Haag), Volcano (2020, WvdIC, Beverwijk) and The Wild (2017, W139, Amsterdam).
Concept, Design: Oscar Peters
Venue Design & Construction: dot architects
In co-operation with Art Area B1, Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, General incorporated association Kitayamasha
Assistance from Kyoto City Tourism Association
Presented by Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee [Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation), Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation), Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of the Arts, THEATRE E9 KYOTO (Arts Seed Kyoto)]
Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, through the Japan Arts Council, Fiscal Year 2021
Kyoto Experiment Meeting Point Project: A Community Space Utilizing Kyoto's Cultural Resources