Matsunoyama Project


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About the artwork

Unstaffed MarketI set up about 30 unstaffed shops in the parking area of the Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science and other locations in Matsunoyama. I had seen several unstaffed roadside stalls on the roads leading to Matsunoyama. They seemed to me signs of an invisible morality, testing purchasers with a silent demand to pay for their purchases. In effect, the customer’s ethics are tested by an agreement to buy and sell based on trust. I was highly attracted by the ethics of the local residents, who are so willing to trust each other, and thus I asked local farmers to participate in this project by allowing unstaffed selling of their produce during the Triennial, as a form of silent communication with visitors. I am deeply grateful for their cooperation throughout the long exhibition period. (Project in progress from the Triennial 2000)

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Artwork no. Y024
Production year 2003
Opening hours 9:00-17:00 (Last entry is at 16:30)
Admission Adult JPY 500 or ETAT Passport or Special ticket
Closed Tuesday(or Wednesday in case Tuesday is a national holiday)
Area Matsunoyama
Village Kyororo
Open dates It will be open after snow seazon
Venue 1712-2 Matsuguchi, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi-city, Niigata
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