Seeing the pond in Saidaiji Temple as a symbol of the Eastern end of the silk-road in the old times, the artist creates a Western style swimming pool next to the pond. Invited from Turkey, old capital area of Eastern Roman Empire located on the opposite Western rim of the old silk-road, the artist connects the pool with the pond with pipes, circulating and purifying its water. This mechanical device is also visually one of the main part of the work. Through the work, viewers may able to imagine of the cultural exchange between the West and the East, and discover the interesting combination of the tradition and modern technology.
As found from the life and history of Jianzhen, the founder of Toshodaiji Temple, people had to overcome many difficulties, crossing mountains and ocean, transporting culture from one place to another in old period. Through years of centuries, there must have been many stories of people already faded away from our memories. Diana Al-Hadid working in the U.S., who has immigrated from Syria in her childhood, is working with large installations and sculpture which would remind viewers of stories behind the work. Her work for Nara is based on Western tapestry from the middle age. Viewers may be able to feel layers of stories and culture of people transporting the motif and its meaning from one end of the world to another.
She is the most active artist in the contemporary Indian art scene, garnering international attention. Considering artwork that involves the history, propagation and transition of Buddhism that flourished in Nara. The sculpture describes the human head, clouds and a house with profile lines, dissolving into space.
He is exhibiting his work at the area neighboring the remains of a huge 7-story pagoda that runs from east to west, where ruins investigators assume it stood. Using the scaffold log technique, which has been handed down at the restoration sites of cultural assets, the artist has produced a contemporary tower, reminiscent of the previous one.
Ships are the symbol of cultural exchange through oceans. The traditional style ship which sailed on the East Asian ocean was publically built by 10 ship carpenters from China. The completed ship is exhibited as the symbol of “Culture City of East Asia 2016, Nara”.
Sahand Hesamiyan has been working for years to combine historical ornamental motifs of the mid-West with Modernist’s ideal of abstraction and simplicity from the Western world. In the Biennale of Venice in 2015, the artist exhibited a large sculpture which may remind viewers of a flower blossom. For the work for Kohfukuji, the artist is presenting a lotus motif which is sharing a popularity in many countries, such as Egypt, Iran (Persia), or China along the silk-road, and imported from China to Japan along with Buddhism.
Letters projected on the screens change their form into the shapes each letter means when one touches them, and living things start to move. It is an interactive artwork related to Nara.
One of the leading artist from East Asian countries, Kimsooja has considered the theme of the work imagining of the beginning of the universe. Based on the traditional thoughts of “yin and yang”(light and shadow) shared among East Asian countries, the artist focused on the “time” which Gangoji Temple has experienced since the long history of Nara Period in the 8th Century. Through the artwork for the temple, by seeing what we are able to see today, viewers may imagine of landscapes and memories which have already disappeared in the history.
A most beautiful love story derived from the ancient Indian epic verse, “Mahābhārata – The Adventure of Nala” is magnificently staged in this play. Each of their performances at Festival d’Avignon, received standing ovations. With its 360 degree “ring-shaped” stage surrounding the audience, Mahābhārata will finally arrive in Nara.
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With Asia as the theme, they will reconstitute their 2010 performance involved in their visualized “ocean way”. Spread out in all directions, it will evoke history. Experience a totally new scene where you can strongly sense the development of space and depth of time.
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September 17 (Sat.) ~ September 25 (Sun.)
Stage Performance Division
Visual Arts Division
Art Projects at 8 Shrines and Temples – Traveling over 1300 Years of Time and Space
The introduction of Buddhism to Japan brought along with it the introduction of academic, philosophical and social systems, having great influence on Japanese culture. The project will see the installation of artworks at Nara’s shrines and temples, the symbols of the most internationally opened period in Japanese history, by well-known artists from countries which visited Japan.
Naramachi Art Project – Walking around Nara's Past and Present
An art project that allows visitors appreciating artworks as they explore Naramachi, letting patrons feel history from the Edo to the Meiji periods (17th century to the early 20th century).
Pop up Restaurant
The team researches food producers and food materials in Nara, describing the transitions and history of the Silk Road that can be seen through food.
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September 17 (Sat.) ~ September 25 (Sun.)
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Using food materials encountered in Nara, a food space will be established at the grand location under the theme, “offering”. Participants will join in the production until finally, they will eat Nara itself. This is an interactive event with food materials which you enjoy “products from and the flavor of that place”.
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“Ae” means food as a treat. This type of treatment was already recorded in Nihon-shoki, the oldest chronicle of Japan. Ceremonial dishes will be cooked based on a compilation of research on the roots of food, history, nature and communication in this area, expressing from the old to modern Nara.
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A joint project team HIVE has been established by "Food Project Nara" of Nara Women's University for a limited period. Through historic research, the food ingredients of Nara and food product markets, the team's challenge is to develop their own unique products.
Additionally, the team will "plan and operate the Pop up Restaurant," creating the restaurant from scratch, from menus to on site coordination.
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The project to create unique dishes using food materials and products from Nara, such as Yamato vegetables and Narazuke pickled vegetables. It is conducted mainly by university students. They have achieved several product developments through collaboration with many corporations.
Supporting chefs from in and out of Japan will participate to create additional excitement to the Pop up Restaurant.
While they stay in Nara for a certain period, they will see and touch the people and history of Nara with their own viewpoints. They will put in their own ideas and release them at the Pop up Restaurant and at workshops as satellite events.
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|Pauline Lemberger from France||October. 11 (Tue.) This event has ended.|
an experience-based cultural program with the theme,
"Foods Believed to Have Originated from Nara".
For more information,
see Nara Hitomachi University's website.