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Since its establishment
in 1994, C.A.P. has been exploring the possibilities for sites that support art
in a manner that is closer to the artist's perspective. To realize this, we have
been hoping to create a place for new types of encounters with art based in Kobe's
Former Foreign Settlement. An individual artist's activities don't have such a
widespread impact, but with a group networks grow more extensive, and new relationships
Proposal for "an
art museum of the future"
in the form of a pamphlet, was submitted to the Cultural Affairs Division of the
City of Kobe. The pamphlet, designed to address plans the city had to build a
small, local museum, outlined the type of art museum that artists would be needing
"Former foreign settlement's district museum"
Following the Kobe earthquake, a plan was submitted
to Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe City and the Former Foreign Settlement’s District Association
proposing that the entire "former foreign settlement’s district" in Kobe be made
into a kind of museum.
With donations received from artists in Marseilles
and Bern, Switzerland, a one-day art party consisting of three parts was held
at Xebec Hall. Following the event, a variety of events have been organized by
C.A.P. under the banner, "CAPARTY."
Vol.2 art seminar
The director of the Kunsthalle Bern (Bern, Switzerland),
Ulrich LOOCK, was invited to speak. The lecture was titled "Works and Developments
of the 1980s at Kunsthalle Bern."
"Seeing the City Through a Peephole"
Changes in the city (former foreign settlement’s
district, Kobe) following the earthquake were documented by participants with
disposable cameras. A workshop to reexamine the city was held and after the event
a documentary book, "Seeing the City Through a Peephole," was published.
"I Want to Know More. What is Philanthropy?"
A panel discussion on philanthropy that approached
the topic from a variety of perspectives via a group of speakers involved in different
aspects of the art world.
A book documenting
"A Town Seen from a Peephole" is published.
One-hundred photographs were chosen from the nearly
4,000 taken during the workshop that was held on November 3, 1995. An essay based
on the lecture given at the event was also included in this volume dedicated to
the changing Former Foreign Settlement area.
CAPARTY Vol. 5:
Participants strolled through the streets of
Kobe's former foreign settlement’s district, viewing art that was on display throughout
the area. The hands-on-style exhibition allowed for a greater understanding of
art by allowing participants to communicate directly with the artists. The 14
artists interacted with visitors in a variety of ways.
CAPARTY Vol. 6: "The Appearance
of the Experiential Museum"
An art seminar led by ISHIGURO Atsuhiko, director of the "Workshop
for the coming arts," was held.
CAPARTY Vol. 7: "Sightseeing - A
Day Without Anything of Note"
A survey of sightseeing in Kobe's Kitano-cho,
the former foreign settlement’s district and the adjacent area around Tor Road
were presented according to C.A.P.'s unique focus. A guidebook was published especially
for the event.
||Nov. 3, 1999-May 10, 2000
CAPARTY Vol. 8: "CAP House - A 190-Day
After being allowed by the City of Kobe to use
the former National Emigration Center, the project began with the "100-Person
Big Clean-Up" event. This was followed by the creation of ateliers by local
artists, the Memorial Room and the CAP Gallery. A variety of lectures and presentations
were planned and executed. These included, "Evening Art Party," Acte
Kobe Japan (A.K.J.) "Reception," "Relay Talk" in the Memorial
Room, a sound study group called "Personal Music Party," "Film
Screening Association," a collection of mini-concerts and performances called
"Sakura Day" and the "Eggs of Mobius" traveling museum. At
the conclusion of the project in May, the "Welcome to CAP House" event
was held. During the event, artists' studios were opened to the public and dance
performances, concerts and workshops were given. In this way, participating artists
were able to show the results of their work over the previous six months. The
facility closed on May 10.
CAP House Makes a Comeback
CAPARTY Vol. 9: "CAP House Bazaar"
As C.A.P. is associated with the Kobe 21st Century Commemorative Restoration
Project, it was possible to reopen CAP House. To celebrate the facility's return,
participating artists opened a shop with a wide array of goods for sale. The bazaar
culminated in an auction of the remaining items, the proceeds of which went toward
the management of CAP House.
CAPARTY Vol. 10: "Green Day"
An event consisting of open studios, concerts,
dance performances and workshops given by artists who had been participating in
the CAP House project since November 2000. TOJIMA Toji appeared as a special guest.
CAPARTY Vol. 11: "Art Summer Seminner"
Artists working in the ateliers at CAP House
gave a series of summer lectures aimed at every age group, from children to adults,
to explain their artistic theory and working methods. A group of artists from
Marseilles, who were visiting Japan to take part in "Acte Kobe 2001," also acted as instructors. In all, there were 24 lectures offered on a variety
"Former Foreign Settlement’s District
This event was held as part of the Kobe 21st
Century Commemorative Restoration Project. The entire former foreign settlement’s
district was turned into a movie theater, around which visitors enjoyed walking
and encountering a variety of visual delights. Included among the works was "Big
Smile 2001," a collection of 2001 people's smiling faces that was projected
on the side of a building. On temporary outdoor screens at "Theatre 56,"
there were also silent movies shown with live narration and musical accompaniment,
original 3-D animation and remade home videos. For "Slit Show," nine
groups of artists set up works using light and shadow in open spaces around the
area, and for "Talking about Light and Shadow," a wide array of guests
spoke on the charms of projected images. The event consisted of eleven programs,
with "Made by Kids," "Okujo de Cafe," "Video Cafe Cabin"
and "Film Workshop" among them.
CAP House closes its doors once again. C.A.P. begins preparations to receive
certification as an NPO (non-profit organization).