Column by Fram Kitagawa on Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015 - vol.10

FRAM KITAGAWAPosted : September 12, 2015

It is only two days to go. We will dismantle the artworks and then have to decide a new agenda for next 1100 days until the 7th festival. The real pleasure of festival is its preparation.

We have to meet expectations of matured people with different experiences who are willing to contribute their expertise to the festival whereas set up programmes encouraging on-going engagement by young people who joined the festival for the first time. I would like to be able to respond to more than 50 proposals for co-operations and collaboration made by institutions and groups from Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, China and other countries and regions in Asia. I have to focus my energy to Setouchi Triennale 2016 followed by Ichihara Art Mix, and other art projects in Shinano Omachi, and Okunoto.

In my view, what drives all of these movements consist of the sense of impending crisis of environmental issues and wake-up call for and response to respecting individual life.

Today is the last Saturday of the festival and lots of workshops by artists are taking place.

The live concert by YEN TOWN BAND produced by Mr Takeshi Kobayashi begins from 18:00. Those who don’t have ticket to the concert won’t be able to access to Matsudai Nohbutai after 17:00 and there will be some traffic restrictions. More than 50 staff members were setting up the stage for this evening last night. It is the biggest event since Matsudai Nohbutai was launched. I am sure this will become an important experience for all of us.


Miraikan runs one-day workshop using “GEO SCOPE” at NUNAGAWA Campus. Dr Mamoru Mori emphasises on the importance of science based upon the region. It reminds us of the agenda of Kyororo inspired by scientist, Ukichiro Nakaya, “every resident of Matsunoyama is a scientist”.


I would like to find time to explore artworks on border of mountains.

12 September 2015 Fram Kitagawa