TAB Talks #11 "Making Of Towada Art Center"
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The Towada Art Center, designed by Ryuue Nishizawa (SANAA), opened on April 26th this year in Towada City, Aomori Prefecture.
With its permanent exhibition spaces that accord each work of art its own independent space and a building with a distributed, decentralized structure connected to the urban space around it, the center has garnered much positive attention owing to its unique approach and unprecedented style.
For this edition of TAB Talks, we are pleased to invite Tetsuyuki Nagata, overall director of Nanjo and Associates, to speak about his involvement in the rejuvenative art project, the centerpiece of which is this newly completed center. Nagata will also talk about his experimental planning and direction work with Arts Towada since 2003, an initiative that focuses on Towada's outlying art and culture zones, the proposals by five different architects for the center, the selection process for artists and their works, and other behind-the-scenes experiences at the front line of new developments related to the contemporary art boom.
All are warmly invited to attend - those with an interest in museum architecture, the relationship between art and cities, those planning to visit Towada over the summer vacation... The talk is scheduled to last 2 hours, and English interpretation will be provided.
Right after, we'll have a short segment called the 30-second Pitch. Five members of the audience will be invited to introduce themselves to the audience, promote a recent project, or announce a new product, website or company in under 30 seconds. If you're interested, please give your name and contact info at the reception table. Then for another hour, we'll have drinks, chatting, and networking among guests and audience members. Light meals will also be available.
TAB Talks are bilingual Japanese-English and start at 8:30pm, late enough for overworked designers like us. Limited seating of 90, come early.
Tetsuyuki Nagata, Director, Nanjo and Associates
Born in 1970 in Yokohama, Japan. Graduated from the department of architectural design at Tama Art University. After graduation, he worked for several architectural design offices, such as Morphosis Japan. Worked at Nanjo and Associates between 1995 and 1999, managing mostly public art projects, such as the Yumeooka Art Project in Kamiooka, the Obayashi Corporation Art Project in Shinagawa, and the Hakata Riverain Art Project. After completing further studies in the US, he worked for Studios Architecture in San Francisco. Director of Nanjo and Associates since 2002. Involved in project planning and direction at Arts Towada since 2002.
A photo report of the center's opening can be seen here: http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/tablog/entries.ja/2008/04/towada.html
Towada Art Center: http://www.city.towada.lg.jp/artstowada/
Nanjo and Associates: http://www.nanjo.com
2008-06-24 from 20:30 to 23:30
Doors open 20:00, Start 20:30, Lounge 22:30-23:30
Tetsuyuki Nagata from Nanjo and Associates will be our guest for the next TAB Talks. Ask your questions here!