A photo travel log of our visit to Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Niigata with friends from Tokyo Art Beat and Birds Design.
Last week, AQ took a short field trip to the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Niigata Prefecture, accompanied by our friends at Tokyo Art Beat and Birds Design.
Like the Seto Inland Sea, Niigata’s countryside has experienced rapid depopulation over the last few decades, with devastating consequences to the local economy. The triennial started in 2000, led by general producer Soichiro Fukutake and general director Fram Kitagawa. This year marks its fourth edition, with 350 artworks scattered across 750 km2.
We stayed at Sansho House, a school house converted into a lodging facility, with bunkbeds and homemade meals with local ingredients.
Next time, maybe we’ll try for Dream House By Marina Abranovic. Guests sleep in wooden boxes with crystal pillows wearing special pajamas designed by the artist. The next morning they write their dreams in a book embedded in the bed.
Chris PalmieriAfter studying graphic design and Japanese language and aesthetics, Chris moved to Tokyo in 2001 to begin his design practice. He co-founded AQ in 2004 to bring design basics to cultural organizations with bilingual websites. In his current role as managing director, Chris works with clients to clarify their ideas, oversees the creative process and designs.Read more posts by Chris Palmieri