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 Aomori City has been developing the culture of Hanga since early times
while producing many important printmakers including Shiko Munakata.
Hoping that Aomori City will further generate new arts, we are going to hold
“AOMORI TRIENNALE 2017” with further expanding “AOMORI PRINT -
TRIENNALE 2014” which has been seeking to create an opportunity where
people can be exposed to excellent works. The common theme of AOMORI -
TRIENNALE 2017 is “PRINT”.
 “PRINT” not only carries the meaning of “”Hanga” but also contains a wide
range of deep meanings including of “printing, publication, type, newspaper,
photo, evidence, trace and influence”.
 In this context, under the theme of “PRINT”, we produce AOMORI -
TRIENNALE 2017 based on two pillars of “Classical” and “Unlimited”.
Fully taking advantage of Aomori’s regional characteristics, we launch a
winter art festival of Aomori that will try to create tourism and new
industries via arts as well.

Challenge of AOMORI TRIENNALE

 Aomori City has been developing the culture of Hanga since early times while producing many important printmakers including Shiko Munakata.  Hoping that Aomori City will further generate new arts, we are going to hold “AOMORI PRINT TRIENNALE 2017” with further expanding “AOMORI PRINT TRIENNALE 2014” which has been seeking to create an opportunity where people can be exposed to excellent works.  Under the reinterpretation of “PRINT” as a common theme going with the times, AOMORI PRINT TRIENNALE 2017 seeks to reconsider it as a significant theme referring to the duplication of genes represented by GNR, while also containing a wide range of profound meanings including of “printing, publication, type, newspaper, photo, evidence, trace and influence” as well as its traditional meaning of Hanga.  In line with this, we reconstruct AOMORI PRINT TRIENNALE 2017 based on two pillars that are [Classical] Category in which the conventional “HANGA” fields are respected and [Unlimited] Category in which those artists are featured who create challenging works including in the field of bio such as the previously mentioned genes. Taking the opportunity of the creation of the latter category, we will develop an atmosphere of attracting advanced research institutions and companies to Aomori City going forward and also aggressively take on challenges with fully taking advantage of Aomori’s regionality so that people can enjoy its rich natures and cultures including arts, hot springs (onsen) and meals especially in the winter season instead of those they would experience in visiting art festivals held intensively in the summer season.  Giving a consideration to the fact that there are already so many fine art festivals held all over Japan, it is no wonder that people ask a question of why another triennale is going to be held again, and everyone is aware that some involved people are concerned about a certain kind of decrease in their quality. For example, yesterday, a French curator asked me at a meal, “Why does Japan have so many art festivals?” I, as an art person, had been holding a similar feeling as his/hers/such French curator’s until I assumed the position of an area director responsible for Shodo-shima Island at Art Setouchi.  Consequently, I had to face a serious problem of the falling birthrate and the aging population that local cities suffered from as I had closer relationships with Mr. Shiota, the mayor of Shodo-shima Town, and the people living there. As illustrated by an analogical fact that almost all people residing in NY and blue states had never imagined that Mr. Trump would become the next president thanks to supports from poor, white labors called as hillbillies, there was an unfamiliar Japan there that was completely invisible to us who think about things from a kind of special community referred to as “art”.  Then, I began to ask to myself, “A biennale which started in Europe and US was transformed in a Japanese style as a new form of festivals existing in various places, wasn’t it?” In this way of thinking, I became attached to all handmade art festivals which were launched at the initiative of small towns. I seriously reflected on myself who arrogantly discussed the quality of art from the perspective of Europe and US, while realizing that I wasn’t allowed to be pleased with a generalized situation full of works produced by well-known artists from Europe and US like a stamp rally in which people try to collect stamps placed in mountains and fields.  The reason I have assumed the positon as the director this time can be explained by a background that the people living in the region earnestly recruited me in the context of the 10-year-old exchanges with them which started with my introducing the techniques of “Nebuta” to an educational program of my university.  The first event is going to start in a down-to-earth style owing to the voluntary dedication by those from local economic communities and the city office as well as college students and those from art museums. In addition to the publicly offered exhibition dealing with Classical works and cutting-edge expressions in Unlimited Category, I would very much like you to pay attention to the work of Mr. Yosuke Sakai, designer, who is currently designing a booklet in which all of the thoroughly researched backstreets in Aomori City are covered. It is no doubt that attractive (magical) spots in this region that nobody has ever noticed will be discovered everywhere. I have heard that in these days the best trees covered with frost (jyuhyo) can be seen at Hakkoda instead of Zao as a consequence of global warming. Visitors from a country or a region such as Taiwan and Australia where people have a romantic feeling for the winter season have been increasing their expectation toward the encounter with our winter sports and arts. From January to March in 2018, we would like you to enjoy hot springs and seafood of Aomori as well as your exposure to its deep cultures and new arts. AOMORI TRIENNALE 2017
Artistic Director
Noboru Tsubaki

Period Saturday, January 20 - Sunday, March 4 , 2018
Venue Community Gallery, Aomori Museum of Art, Hakkodamaru,

 As literally expressed in the word of “Unlimited”, we will, under the theme of “PRINT”, invite artists who raise questions from a new perspective without being bound by the boundaries of expression. We will also develop this event into a project to seek the essential meaning of duplication starting with Hanga by closely examining the concept of duplication and by expanding such concept even to the fields of the duplication of DNA (inclusion of duplication error) and to the self-learning of a deep learning program. Setting an objective of local cities’ acquiring new perspectives which tend to be exposed to the bias of homogenization due to globalization, we intend to make this triennale a cornerstone where Aomori can grow to a city of culture and leading-edge industries attracting worldwide attentions through the interaction between tradition and advanced cultures. Accordingly, as for Unlimited Category, we will request to submit works against people and organizations that are mainly involved in experimental expression activities including bio arts and artificial life researches

Period
Saturday, February 3 - Sunday, February 18, 2018
* Closed on Saturday, February 24-Sunday, February 25.
Venue Community Gallery, Aomori Museum of Art

 The publicly offered exhibition held for the purpose of raising “Hanga” expressions to the level to be well recognized in the world and discovering new talents following “MUNAKATA” who will open up new generations.
(The “Shiko Munakata International Block Printing Award”, Classical Department, AOMORI TRIENNALE 2017 )