Sunday, 26 September 2010

Agenda: September 27 - October 03 / feat. DESIGNEAST 01

Welcome back! Great to "see" you again. I hope you had a fantastic summer!!!

This week’s feature:
Early autumn has become the peak season for design in Osaka.
DESIGN EAST kicked off last year, aiming "to stimulate new creative forces in the city of Osaka and position it as a base for creativity and design on an international standard."

Above are some impressions of last year's pre-event. One of the themes was "Anonymous". While the person behind many MUJI products was revealed, Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility, the inventors of the event's styrofoam benches remained unknown. Actually, I loved these benches, simple and surprisingly cosy. Think of 'heat-insulation' and imagine how it feels to sit on them. Especially outside on a cool evening...

This year the venue has changed to the more spacious Creative Center Osaka / Namura (map). The exhibition features works by Gabriele Pezzini, Enzo Mari, JESKI and others.
Personnally, I'm looking forward to Peter Marigold, whose "split series" impressed me, and some new discoveries. Like 参 / MILE last year. Since then, their "sumi bako", a wastepaper bin filled with charcoal, keeps my desk tidy and the air around fresh.

Design East focuses on talks and presentations, so in most cases a bit of Japanese language is necessary. Nevertheless, it is a great opportunity to get to know who is involved in design in the Kansai area.
October 01 - 03; 11:00 – 22:30; admission: 2000 Yen per day.

A little earlier starts the trade fair "Living and Design" at INTEX OSAKA.
September 29 - October 02; admission: 1000 Yen, register here for free admission.

The Living and Design Satellite program lets us explore design related stores throughout Osaka, from local - graf living - to global - hh style, while the soon to be open Nakanoshima Design Museum functions as a base, offering talk sessions and browsing in interior design magazines at a cafe furnished by tistou.
September 29 - October 03; talk sessions: 1000 Yen for each, reservation required.


Works by ceramic artist Ryoto Aoki at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto (until October 30; 11:00 - 19:00, closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays) and eN arts (until October 30; on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00-18:00).

Exhibition "Film Without Film" by SHIMURABROS at Taka Ishii Gallery (until October 30; 11:00 - 19:00, closed on Sundays, Mondays and national holidays)

"depth" - Shin Takamatsu Laboratoy exhibition at Asphodel (October 02 - 10; 11:00 - 20:00, on the last day until 17:00).

Antiques flea market on the grounds of Toji Temple (October 03, 7:00 - 16:00, on the first Sunday every month).


Experimental mix of music, dance, and performance
Junkroom Vol 10Junkroom Vol 17 at UrBANGUILD (October 01; 19:00, 1800 Yen). More here.


Biwako Biennale 2010 (until November 07; 10:00 - 17:00, closed on Tuesdays; admission: 1000 Yen).


Rokko Meets Art festival (September 18 - November 23; 10:00 – 17:00; admission: 1800 Yen).


Exhibition "Takuma Uematsu x Takashi Kunitani, New Works" at Gallery Hosokawa (September 27 - October 23; 12:00 – 18:30; closed on Sundays and national holidays).

Design East 01 at Creative Center Osaka / Namura (October 01 - 03; 11:00 – 22:30; admission: 2000 Yen per day).

Trade fair "Living and Design" at INTEX OSAKA (September 29 - October 02; 10:00 – 18:00, on the last day until 17:00; admission: 1000 Yen, register here for free admission).

Living and Design Satellite (September 29 - October 03; various shops throughout Osaka, see above)


How to attract attention: ADC Awards
ADC Exhibition 2010 at ddd gallery (until October 30; 11:00 - 19:00, on Saturdays until 18:00; closed on Sunday, Monday and on national holidays).

Foreigner’s Live Art Guide
For more exhibitions and events about art and design in Osaka rely on FLAG.

On the Agenda are events in Kyoto - and also in Osaka and Kobe - that I'm interested in and plan to attend -- shamelessly subjective.
Although the list isn't meant to be complete, I hope it provides some valuable tips for those interested in art and design in Kansai.

Kindly note that the above dates and times are subject to change.

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