Five points to enjoy Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 (first part)
August 04, 2014
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 is unveiled! With “City and Nature” as its theme, various exhibitions and workshops will be held in Sapporo City until September 28 (Sunday). Here we will answer your questions such as “Where should I visit?” or “Can I also enjoy it with my kids?” The charm of art lies in allowing you to view familiar landscapes with a different perspective or encountering new thoughts and feelings. There are shuttle buses running during the art festival, so even remote venues are easily accessible. Come and experience art in Sapporo during the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014!
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014
|Open||July 19 – September 28, 2014|
|Telephone||011-211-2314 (Creative City Sapporo, Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee, Sapporo International Art Festival Organizing Office)|
A wide range of artworks that transcend your rational mind! Contemporary Art Exhibition “City and Nature”—the main stage of the art festival
One thing you should not miss out on at the Sapporo Art Park Art Museum is the fog sculpture “FOGSCAPE #47412”, created by Fujiko Nakaya, who has been creating fog artwork at museums and parks around the world. The fog that appears over the pond in front of the museum or the courtyard changes its shape constantly before vanishing into thin air without a trace. Artificial fog is created at 30-minute intervals, from 10:00 to 17:00. “unicolor”, created by the German artist Carsten Nicolai, is a video artwork focusing on the changing of colors. The video that appears to extend without boundaries due to the effects of the mirrors creates an overwhelming landscape, as if descending directly from the sky.
Don’t forget to visit the nearby outdoor sculpture gallery. The Scottish artist Susan Philipsz has created a “Cuckoo’s Nest” where you may hear her angelic voice singing English folk songs from the middle ages, reverberating in a space surrounded by trees.
Allow enough time to visit Sapporo Art Park Art Museum to enjoy art and the nature of Sapporo extending over its large premises.
At the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art located in central Sapporo, you may enjoy exhibitions focusing on the theme of urbanization and modernization. “YUBARI MATRIX 1998–2014”, created by the Hokkaido-born artist Masao Okabe, is a 7m x 14m large piece of ground taken from the floor of the Yubari coalmining power station; it is covered in tempered glass so you may look at it from above. The black hollow in the center is a 20 meter-deep hole drilled by a turbine; under normal circumstances it would be completely impossible to be standing around such a location. Experience the history of coalmining in Hokkaido with your whole body. On the first floor, an installation created by the Indian artist Subodh Gupta in the shape of a mushroom cloud that extends over a 5 meter radius by collecting large amounts of stainless-steel utensils and home objects. Here you will encounter a collection of artworks that make you feel the enormous energy generated by humanity.
On the second floor are artworks with the theme of Hokkaido. “snow noise” created by Carsten Nicolai, who also has works on display in Sapporo Art Park Art Museum, was inspired by Ukichiro Nakaya, a pioneer in the studies of snow crystallization. In the serene space with an even tone of white, you may observe the process of snow crystallization with a magnifying glass. In addition to being able to recreate the experience of being a scientist, you may also appreciate the beauty of nature from the perspectives of both art and science. Experience the mystery of nature, while pondering on the words of Ukichiro Nakaya—“Snowflakes are letters sent from heaven.”
During the art festival, there is a paid shuttle bus service running at one-hour intervals connecting the two venues (via Sapporo Shiryokan and Odori-nishi 5-chome).Those who think the Art Park is too far away are mistaken. Don’t miss this great opportunity!
A free shuttle bus runs from the center of Sapporo city. Moerenuma Park—now is the time to go!
Inside Moerenuma Park's glass pyramid, are displays of artworks by world-renowned artist and guest director of the 2014 Sapporo International Art Festival, Ryuichi Sakamoto. There are video representations of electromagnetic waves we usually cannot see or hear and artworks which convert electrical potential into sound.
Visitors are greeted at the entrance by "Sensing Streams – Invisible / Inaudible" by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Daito Manabe. It is an artwork which converts the electromagnetic waves picked up by an antenna, set up in Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway (Chi-Ka-Ho), to sound and video in real time, and the video changes according to the location and frequency. You will surely be unable to take your eyes off of the continuous high-definition images appearing on the huge, almost 355-inch, screen.
"Forest Symphony in Moerenuma, supported by LOUIS VUITTON", which Ryuichi Sakamoto created in collaboration with the research and development team from the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), features 12 sensors installed in 11 locations in Japan and overseas which detects the minute currents which flow through the trees and converts them into sound. The sounds of the 12 trees overlap to play a symphony. You should try and listen and compare the different sounds generated by each tree.
On the 2nd floor, the world's first tangible globe "Tangible Earth" is on display. In Sapporo Science Center, the digital globe, which is very popular with children, has been enhanced for the art festival. You can observe the movements of migratory birds and the process of a typhoon occurrence almost in real time, and you can experience "what is going on in the world at this moment" as you spin it round with your hand.
Do not forget to take a walk around Moerenuma Park, as the entire park could itself be considered a sculpted artwork. When going around the vast park, it is convenient to use a rental cycle, which can be rented inside the park.
During the art festival, there is a free shuttle bus (via Sapporo Satoland) that links Odori Nishi 5-chome and Morerenuma Park.
Well, which of the artworks we have introduced this time round are you interested in?
Please come along, referring to the model course "How to walk around the Sapporo International Art Festival", which introduces the surrounding art spot and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal. Look forward to the next part, where we introduce the remaining 3 points!