WHO AM I?
Hello! My name is Takuya Yamaguchi, a photographer from Japan. I have published six photobooks so far and now I am working on a new photobook about an amazing artist in residence project in Kyoto. So I need your help to make it the best photobook ever!
WHAT IS THE PHOTOBOOK LIKE?
210 × 250mm | 120 pages | Paperback | 300 copies | Language : English
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The artist in residence project is called "Micro happening" that was held at Artists’ Retreat no-mu in Kameoka on the outskirt of Kyoto.
During this project, I captured a lot of precious moments that took place at Artists' Retreat no-mu. I want to share them with you in the world in a photobook.
After the photobook is published, I will also share the story of the project by holding exhibitions all over the world. Not only in Japan, but also in cities where the participants in this program are from - such as New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Zhukovsky, Amsterdam and Berlin!
THE BEGINNING OF OUR PROJECT
My friend, a contemporary artist Eikoh Tanaka, embarked upon a new art project. After living and working in several countries, he wanted to work on a project taking place in his hometown: Kameoka.
Kameoka is a beautiful rural city surrounded by mountains on the outskirts of Kyoto. It is also called ‘the fog town’ because of the dense fog that is often set over the area. The town faces various issues that other Japanese suburbs are also struggling with, such as an aging population and the rise of abandoned houses.
Eikoh decided he wanted to create a social art experiment in his hometown, innovating the art scene and demonstrating the power of art. He strongly felt that an art project in Kameoka, with artists from all over the world, would prove a valuable opportunity to reflect on these issues and exchange perspectives from all over the world.
MICRO HAPPENING AT ARTISTS' RETREAT NO-MU
Eikoh decided to renovate his family’s old house. It had become an abandoned house after the family had moved. The 100 years old massive traditional building was reborn in all its glory after hard work by Eikoh himself, me and other friends.
The new year began and he started an artist in residence project: Micro Happening at the house and named it Artists’ Retreat no-mu.
Far beyond our expectation, many artists applied to our residence project. Eleven artists were invited to stay at Artists’ Retreat no-mu, a diverse group from 10 cities and 8 countries. Amongst them were not only artists but also an architect who is involved in city development, a chef and culinary researcher who has 20,000,000 followers on facebook, a robotics entrepreneur, a Japanologist and etc.
- Benedicto Marinas / Chef, Author, Photographer, and Culinary Researcher / NY, USA
- Ksenia Kopalova / Artist, Illustrator / Zhukovsky, Russia
- Philo Ouweleen / Artist, Japanologist / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Rina Nakano / Artist / Oita, Japan
- Yuichi Oda / Entrepreneur / Kyoto, Japan
- Anaïs Descarpenterie / Artist / Paris, France
- Betsy Dadd / Artist / London, UK
- Christine Cheung / Artist / Berlin, Germany
- Florence Roche / Ceramist / Paris, France
- Ho Sweet Woon / Architect / Singapore
- Shiro Masuyama / Artist & Board director, Flax Art Studio / Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
”Micro Happening” became the best project that I have ever involved.
Throughout the project, the participants spent the day researching for their own projects and creating artworks while having time together with cooking, eating, and chatting.
The participants held an open studio spontaneously, and many audiences visited no-mu to see their works.
All these "Micro happenings" came together and became something special that is hard to put into words. We had unforgettable experiences and made a close community.
Due to the new relationship, we held a collaborated exhibition with a studio in Berlin in May, 2019.
We prepared some rewards in addition to the book, such as accommodation voucher of no-mu, original photo print, photo sessions in Kyoto and etc.
These are the accommodations we offer. Click the image to see the detailed information.
With your contribution you will support this project and finance the printing costs. If we reach to the final goal, we would like to use the contributions also towards the exhibition and designing expenses.
Minimum Goal : 300,000JPY (Half of printing cost)
Next Goal : 600,000JPY (All printing cost)
Final Goal : 1,000,000JPY (More chance to spread our project)
Thank you for your support!
Photobook Project - "Micro Happening"
Organizer : Artists’ Retreat no-mu | Director : Eikoh Tanaka | Photographer : Takuya Yamaguchi | Graphic Designer : Aki Makita | Translater : AO, Valentine Gabelier | Cooperation : Antenna Media Non-Profit Organization
Risks and challenges
I am feeling strong possibilities with his project and also fascinated with his passion, and I decided to help him by taking photos. However, this project is running with Eikoh’s personal funds, and we cannot take the next step without your help.
We are ready to complete the book. All photos have been selected, essays and texts have been written, the design has been settled, at this time of writing, the final mission is raising the funds.
We believe that this book will give opportunities to re-think about the place we live in.
This town is changing gradually through this residency and we are sure this book will make a new future.
- (42 days)