commandN 20th Anniversary: Turning a New Page!

3331 Arts Chiyoda

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In 1997, a new movement was created in Tokyo’s Akihabara area based on the concept of an “artist initiative” in which artists would independently plan and fund projects, host spaces, spread information, and manage themselves, all while interacting with the city. Five artists sharing this vision came together, and the activities of commandN began. From Akihabara TV and Sukima Project, to the founding of 3331 Arts Chiyoda and the launch of Trans Arts Tokyo, commandN has constantly been creating art projects in collaboration with the city.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, commandN will open a major exhibition reflecting on the last two decades of activities. The exhibition will include an installation consisting of one hundred CRT monitors showing the “Akihabara TV” project (1999, 2000, 2002) that hijacked one thousand commercial TV sets in order to screen video art, as well as the re-display of, the “Tokyo Rabbit Paradise Project” (2001-2006), which transformed Tokyo residences (called “rabbit houses” by foreigners at the time) into artworks, and the “Sukima Project” (1999-2001), which created work on the theme of “gaps and crevices” within the Tokyo metropolis. Various related events will be hosted concurrent to the exhibition, bringing back the “Powwow” talk events that were launched alongside the founding of commandN. While reviewing commandN’s projects through multiple perspectives, a new page - looking beyond 2020 - will be turned.

Venue: Main Gallery, 1F 3331 Arts Chiyoda
*A talk show will be scheduled.
*Events in Japanese.
*Please see the official website for further information.


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from October 20, 2017 to November 19, 2017
Exhibition Hours: 11:00-20:00.

Closing Reception on 2017-11-19 from 18:00



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Turning Pages, Rewinding Tapes

The artist initiative commandN's two decades of exploring "gaps and crevices" in Tokyo.

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