Nakanojo Biennale 2015

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2015/09/16 - Nakanojo Biennale 2015

A splash of colour

Today I headed to Nakanojo in northwestern Gunma Prefecture to check out the Nakanojo Biennale which started on September 12, 2015 and will carry on for a month through to October 12, 2015. This contemporary art event is held once every two years, and I was pleased to be able to go this year. Most of the art installations are indoors and can be viewed between 09:30 and 17:00. I arrived earlier at Tsumugi, a community exchange area not far from Nakanojo Station, and bought my admission passport and guidebook.

The art festival is spread across a number of towns in Nakanojo, including the hot spring towns of Shima Onsen and Sawatari Onsen. Travelling between the different areas is best done by car and then each town on foot as parking may not be available near some of the exhibits.

Despite the cloudy weather, I had an enjoyable time at the Nakanojo Biennale looking at the different art works. Many of the installations make excellent use of empty schools and homes, drawing inspiration from the surrounding countryside landscape. Many of the works I saw mixed texture and form, while some pieces included sensory aspects like smell and sound. Some of my favourite pieces were in lumberyards which exuded a raw industrial feel. Some performing art events are held typically over the weekend, and their schedules can be found in the guidebook.

Below are some of the things I saw at the Nakanojo Biennale and would recommend it to those who enjoy art or being out in the countryside.

That's not a brain but sushi rice that visitors could lie on and pretend to be sushi topping

Tiny dandelion stalks delicately hung on a piece of string

It was completely dark in this room save for that light surrounded by shards of glass, emiting a light ringing sound

Things stuck to the walls of a former brewery

Dandelion puffs suspended in the air

This creeped me out a little and mesmerised me at the same time

The inside of a home turned canvas for the artist

Beautiful quiet room overlooking the Shimagawa River

Looking at the Shimagawa River

Light installation in the woods

Went for a short walk in the woods along the path that is lit in the evenings

Fluorescent dehumidfying agents in a room in an onsen town

Light bulbs that turned on and off at random intervals

Inside an old wooden school

The cafe was open for business when I was there

Bags of shredded books suspended in the library

A house made of disposable chopsticks being picked up by huge wooden sticks

Mahoroba, an ancient word meaning great place. A place where future leaders are nurtured

Rice and the consideration of your own existence

Just one more time at the school gym

The ephemeral beauty in nature, one of my favourites

Scene at a lumberyard

Rice fields along the way

Suspended feathers forming a sphere when looked at head on

A scene from the movie "Sleeping Man"

Sit by this table and follow the instructions in the book

Visitors could spin the gears and make music

My contribution to that space, just like in that Alfred Hitchcock movie

Visitor contributions to cover the wall with writings

Outside an elementary school which also serves as accomodation for some of the international artists

Countryside views

Feeling the passage of time with the melting of salt

Along the hallway in yet another wooden school

Moody inside the ripples of time

Self portrait

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