CAP HOUSE(Japanese page ONLY)
an art center managed by C.A.P.
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3-19-8 Yamamoto-dori, Chuo-ku Kobe 650-0003 JAPAN
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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 are born.

1994. 10

Proposal for "an art museum of the future"

A proposal, 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 today.



Proposal for
"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."



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."



CAPARTY Vol.3: "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.


1997. 3/25

CAPARTY Vol.4: "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: "Art Pollen"

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.


1998. 5

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.


1999. Nov. 3, 1999-May 10, 2000

CAPARTY Vol. 8: "CAP House - A 190-Day Artistic Experiment"

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.


2000. 11

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.


2001. 5

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 of topics.



"Former Foreign Settlement’s District Movie Theater"

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).