Ongoing Collective/Outdoor film festival, contrivances, etc.


Ongoing Collective “Ongoing Village: A Village in Progress” will close to the public by 9/25. Various events and workshops have been held so far. In the fall, they will hold the “Open-Air Film Festival”! In conjunction with the Open-Air Video Festival, Son-takz will stay in the village and perform a live performance in the installation. We look forward to your participation!

Sketch comedy performance by ”Son-takz”

Son-takz will be in residence in conjunction with the Ongoing Collective’s outdoor video festival and will perform contrabands in the installation. Each performance is scheduled for 15 minutes per hour.

[Dates]  17 (Sat) , 18(Sun), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri) , 24(Sat), 25 (Sun) September 2022

Outdoor video festival

An open-air screening festival held over a two-weekend period at the end of the exhibition period. All films screened are new works created with Echigo-Tsumari as their subject matter. The festival will offer a special visual experience of this land and time, while feeling the night breeze of early autumn.

  • Date & Time: September 17 (Sat), 18 (Sun), 19 (Mon), 23 (Fri), 24 (Sat), 25 (Sun), 18:15-19:30
  • Fee: Included in the admission fee
  • Capacity: No capacity
  • Reservations: Not required

Screening Schedule

1) Keisuke Sagiyama “Whisper of Imoana” (28.5 min.)
During my research visit, I learned that Tokamachi has a food storage facility called “Imo-ana” (potato hole). Unlike tunnels, the entrance and exit are the same, and it can be seen as a world protected from the harsh winters. Starting with the story of the hole and the voices spun out from the workshop with local elementary school students, I would like to record (store) a collection of words that lead from the past to the future with images. A short video in which the scenery and children surrounding the “potato hole” are gently transformed into a song.

2) Echigo the Impact: Bertolt Brecht in 2022″ (9.5 min.) by ➁SONTAKUZ (Yoshiki Tanaka, Morito Inoue)
This is a giant robot special effects film inspired by German playwright Brecht’s masterpiece “The Three-Penny Opera. Echigo the Impact plays a big role in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale! Let’s all cheer for Echigo the Impact in the long autumn nights.

(3) Hikaru Suzuki “I Couldn’t See the Bear” (12 min.)
He accompanied the people he met in Tokamachi on their bear hunting trip and ate bear hot pot, but did not see any bears, and ended up accompanying them on their river cormorant hunting trip. This is a photographic wandering video diary 2021, in which he met various people waiting for him and enjoyed multiple hot springs.

4) Hiroyuki Ohki “Todo Kaze Mix” (14.5 min.)
What is the spirit of the image?

5) Masahiro Wada, “If the mountains are clear, the people are benevolent; if the water is clear, the people are righteous” (23 min.)
Sansho Elementary School, established in the Meiji era, did not have a school song until 1956. After that, the school song was sung by the children and their parents until the school was closed in 1988, but the source of the song has been lost and now remains only in the memories of alumni and others involved. The school song and the alma mater in the memories of the local people, and the region that the artist, an outsider, peeked into, are now spun into a karaoke session.


Date and time 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 September 2022 / Start at 18:15-19:30

Sansho House (327 Kotani, Matsunoyama, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture)

Admission Included in the admission fee

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