“The Japanese Ideology,” a work commissioned by YPAM(Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting), was presented as Work in Progress last year in 2022. This performance will be presented as a co-production between YPAM and Rohm Theater Kyoto. Venues are BankART Station in Yokohama in mid-December at YPAM 2023 and Rohm Theater Kyoto in January 2024.
Will the Japanese ideology be forever immortal?
Presented by OLTA, a Tokyo-based artist group that has developed humorous and provocative works through negotiating the systems of visual/performing arts and sociological/folklore fieldwork, The Japanese Ideology encompasses six chapters of a performative analysis of the everyday forms that the ideology takes. “There seems to be a kind of arbitrary emotion that dominates life in Japan today. […] It is up to us to take on this boring but very urgent duty of exposing the staging of this desperate and stupid tragicomedy in our present society, not just in Japan.” (Jun Tosaka, The Japanese Ideology, 1935) In The Japanese Ideology by OLTA, will this “boring” performance transform into an “interesting” one? Or will it “drag down those who think they have been freed from the Japanese ideology and pull them back in”? (Yoshimi Takeuchi, The Japanese Ideology, 1952) Full English information is available on the theater’s website.
Chapter１ The Significance of Dream
Chapter２ The Liberation of Gestell
Chapter３ The Right of Death
Chapter４ The Acquisition of Calm
Chapter５ The Rebellion of Voice
Chapter６ The Truth of Ideology
Venue：BankART Station https://www.bankart1929.com/venue/station/index-en.html
Approx. 60 min, With English subtitles
12.9日（Sat） Chapter1 17:30 Chapter2 19:00 Chapter3 20:30
12.10（Sun） Chapter4 14:30 Chapter5 16:00 Chapter6 17:30
12.12（Tue） Chapter1 19:00 Chapter2 20:30
12.13（Wed） Chapter3 19:00 Chapter4 20:30
12.14（Thu） Chapter5 19:00 Chapter6 20:30
12.16（Sat） Chapter1 17:30 Chapter2 19:00 Chapter3 20:30
12.17（Sun） Chapter4 14:30 Chapter5 16:00 Chapter6 17:30
YPAM website https://ypam.jp/program_en/
Text: Meguninja Direction: Jang-Chi Performers: Toru Inoue, Yuka Uchida, Kaoruko Oyama, Yuki Kikuchi, Takafumi Saito, Reiko Takayama, Yuka Nakagawa, Meguninja Scenography: OLTA Stage Design: Yoshiro Hasegawa Music: Takako Minekawa, Toru Inoue Illustration: Takafumi Saito Costume: Toru Inoue Lighting: Takayuki Fujimoto (Kinsei R&D) Projection: Ludo Takebe, Kazuhide Shibata Sound: Semmei Kai Promotional Design: Deokjun Yoon English Surtitles: Kei Ota Direction Assistant: Ami Yoshida Management: Kumi Hiraoka Commissioned and Produced by Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting Co-produced by ROHM Theatre Kyoto Research Support: YCAM InterLab Cooperation: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
ROHM Theater Kyoto
Venue：ROHM Theater Kyoto North Hall
1.13(Sat) A program 13:00- / B program 18:00-
1.14(Sun) A program 12:00- / B program 17:00★-
★Childcare service available
ROHM Theater Kyoto Website https://rohmtheatrekyoto.jp/en/
Currently, we are implementing “Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation” , in which we build a hut and live and farm on land in Moriya City.
“Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation”
Period: February 2, 2022 (Wed) – March 14, 2022 (Mon), 13:00 – 17:00
Location: Moriya City, Ibaraki Prefecture (will be announced to those who inquire)
*Please let us know the date and time of your visit by email
1. Interior of the “Cultivating House
2. harvest of agricultural products (carrots, radishes, etc.)
3. pottery works baked with rice husk smoked charcoal, bamboo works, print works, aluminum can journal, etc.
4. tea made from radish and carrot leaves
Equipment: shoes that can get dirty, warm clothing
“Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation”Press Release
ARCUS project 2021 IBARAKI
online Open Studios is open
March 5, 2022 (Sat) – March 27 (Sun)
The results of the two-year artist residencies held from 2020 to 2021 is presented at an online Open Studios event.
The video work “Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation” can be viewed on the website.
A talk about our work is also available.
“Occultic Yo Soy” | Decameron
Olta + Yuki Harada
Occultic Yo Soy, a duo exhibition by Olta and Yuki Harada will be held at Decameron.
Curation: Maaru Hiyama
Period: October 29th (Fri)-December 12th (Sun), 2021
Venue: Decameron (2F, 1-12-4, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Hours: 16:00-02:00 (Saturdays 13:00-02:00, Sundays 13:00-20:00)
Closed: Mondays ※There is a possibility of temporary closure. Please check the official website for the latest information.
Admission: 500 JPY
Having researched the history of coal mines and miners in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, OLTA with this game / playing installation work (the experience can be completed with either one alone, in any order) questions the “gods” believed in and the “labor” dedicated to them in the present Japan, which has passed from the world of mythology to the age of modernization, and has been swept up in the postponed Olympics and the normalized state of emergency after the nuclear accident in Fukushima.
What kind of “mine” is the city in which we live? How do we use and are we made to use our bodies and words, where are we transported to, and what are we digging up and burying there as if that is what our lives are about? The audience inside the theater will be seated inside the installation, and the audience outside the theater will be looking inward through images, both experiencing a journey that opens up a new vision of nature/city/labor.
12.11 Sat 19:00
12.12 Sun 13:00
12.12 Sun 18:00
KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Middle Studio
281 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0023
Game: Japanese or English / Playing Installation: Japanese (English summary provided)
Photo by Takehiro Iikawa
“Cultivate House” Document Book 2019
Design direction: Shin Akiyama
Design: Keiko Miyahara, MEGUNINJA
Editing and production: OLTA
Grants: Ogasawara Toshiaki Memorial Foundation
Published by OLTA
Publication: date: November 8, 2021
Special edition of 20
02 record the volume of poo
03 bamboo slips
05 steel frame drawing
06 wooden part of the drawing
07 tool, function
08 “AOMORI EARTH2019: AGROTOPIA—WHEN LIFE BECOMES ART THROUGH LOCAL AGRICULTURE” Installation view (Aomori Museum of Art, Exhibition Room C)
09 layout of woodblock lithographs
10 woodblock lithographs
13 prints, paintings
14 woodcut lithographs of the House wall
02 record of a stay
04 document photos
05 fixed point photography
November 7th(Sat.)-29th(Sun.) ※Open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and 23rd (Monday / holiday)
Next to Hojo Komuten (Address:3-22-10 Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032)
Free admission, advance reservation system (90 minutes replacement system, capacity of 15 people each time)
Please apply from this application form to see the exhibition.
Date: Sunday, November 8th, 19:30-21:00
Venue: Next to Hojo Komuten
Speakers: OLTA, Aki Aoki (Director of “Fantasia! Fantasia! -A town where the way of life has become a form”)
Guest: Hiroki Yamamoto (cultural researcher / artist)
Participation fee: Free (advance application required, capacity 15 people)
Venue｜ Tokyo Metropolitan Theater Square, Online（Periscope on Twitter）
The books｜ Multiple episodes of the history and poetry related to Tokyo
Entrance Fee｜ Free
The fixed number｜ 10 people
Please come directly to the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater Square at 12:45 on the day of the event. The small iron stage is there.
We will prepare the books, painting materials, etc. here, so you do not have to bring anything in particular.
Please take all possible measures to prevent infection with the new coronavirus.Please come in clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
▶︎Participation conditions | Those who agree with the following items
・We will deliver live online and record video.
・The name you enter when you participate may be disclosed.
Festival/Tokyo 2020″Pop-up Riso Zine Studio”
Performance “campfiring” planned by Marina Lisa KOMIYA and MEGUNINJA.
Performer：Akira Aoki, Ayaka URA, Kanie Naha, Kirokugakari（Manami Seki+Akiko Tamaki）, Daisuke Kuroda, Marina Lisa KOMIYA, Aoi Tagami, Takuya Takemoto, MEGUNINJA, Shota Yamauchi, Yuu Yamamoto, Ad Mornings（Taro Karibe, Ayumi Tsuchimoto, Yuka Yamato, Zoé Schellenbaum, Jang-Chi, etc.）
Date：2020.9.17.(Thursday)22:30ー5:00 ※If typhoon come, we cancel to perform. If rainy day we carry out the performance.
Venue：Tokyo(Outdoors) ※We will email you the location details after booking.
Entry fee：2000Yen（Blue sheet, food）、by appointment only（Sold only online）
Admission restriction：50 people
Planner： Marina Lisa KOMIYA, MEGUNINJA (OLTA)
About the venue
・After booking, we will email you the location details.
About infectious disease measures
・We have alcohol disinfection.
・As it is an outdoor viewing, it is up to the individual to wear the mask, but if the distance from other people is short, please wear the mask.
About eating and drinking
・We have meals but you are free to bring your own.
About SNS and shooting
・It is prohibited to shoot the performance and show the location on SNS.
※Please refrain from making a reservation if you have a high fever of 38 degrees or higher or if you are not feeling well.
TRANSMISSION PANG PANG along Arakawa River
2020. 7. 24(Fri）, 25（Sat）, 26（Sun）
meeting time：12:30（until the end of the game）
meeting place：BRÜCKE coffee（2-17-11 Odai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo）After, move to Arakawa River
Entry：¥1500 ＋1 Drink
way to participate：Google form（https://bit.ly/2ZfJeTk）or Email(firstname.lastname@example.org)
We participate in a web screening hosted by RAM Association. You can see our new work “Stories at the Cultivate House” for 3 days only. Please apply from the following website.
“RAM PRACTICE 2020 – Online Screening”
｜Screening Dates｜9:00 Friday 27th March – 26:00 Sunday 29th March JST
｜Viewing Method｜A link will be sent to those who successfully submit this form.
Takashi Kuraya / Taiyo Kobayashi / Yuji Sakamoto / Joyce Lam / Ayumi Tsuchimoto / Yuka Yamato / Takao Yoshida /
Sophi Elsamni / Shintaro Kawakami / Miku Sato / Eclipse Project / Naoki Okada /
Natsumi Aoyagi / OLTA / Naha Kanie / Woomin Hyun / Ishu Han
｜Sound mastering｜ Ryota Fujiguchi
Organised by RAM Association, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts.
Supported by Program for Cultural and Art Promotion Utilizing Universities (2019) , Agency of Cultural Affairs.
For enquiries, please contact email@example.com
MEGUNINJA articipating in group shows《honkbooks Selection Vol.01》.
Date｜3 November-22 December,2019
Venue｜techa in honkbooks
2F Maison Asahi 2−24−2 Ikebukuro,Toshima-ku,Tokyo
Participate in group shows at AOMORI MUSEUM OF ART.Exhibiting 《Cultivate House》(2019).
You can see 『TRANSMISSION PANG PANG DOCUMENT BOOK』inside the venue.
AOMORI EARTH2019: AGROTOPIA –WHEN LIFE BECOMES ART THROUGH LOCAL AGRICULTURE
Period 5 October – 1 December, 2019
Opening Hours 9:30－17:00（Last admission at 16:30）
Closed 28, 15 October 25, 11 November
Venue Aomori Museum of Art
Adults: 1,500(1,300) yen
Senior High School and University Students: 1,000(800) yen
Elementary and Junior High School Students: Free
*Amounts in parentheses are for advance tickets or per individual for groups of 20 or more.
*Those with mental or physical disabilities and one accompanying guest are admitted free of charge.
Date 1 November, 2019 13:30-16:30
Speakers OLTA,SAWARAGI Noi,YAMAUCHI Akemi,TOSHIMA Shigeyuki.
The meeting place:Entrance gallery.Free entrance.No reservation required.
In order to ask active life from agriculture, art and action a self-made house called Cultivate House is set up in a rural area in the northeastern part of Chiba Prefecture in Japan. The period is from August 30th to September 16th. From September 14th to 16th during the open house period, the “TRANSMISSION PANG PANG DAIJOSAI” will be held to celebrate the harvest and to play a board game with visitors.
Cultivate house – OPEN HOUSE
(Fri.6.Sep. is close.)
Reservation – only, Admission free
Location: Katorishi, Chiba
Supported by: Istyle Art and Sports Foundation
Cooperation: Aomori Museum of Art, Graduate School of Film and New Media Tokyo University of the Arts RAM Association
TRANSMISSION PANG PANG DAIJOSAI
Reservation – only, Fixed number-10 people, each day
Admission: 2000yen(add in courtesy bus from Tokyo and souvenir)
Cultivate house bus
Meeting place：Shinagawa Station Takanawa Exit(12:00)
Entry of participation
Please contact us at this E-mail adress(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Title: “Visit to Cultivate House” or “Take part in DAIJOSAI”
Message : Your Name, Visiting Day, number of people, Way(Car or Train), Telephone number
“TRANSMISSION PANG PANG” is a project that examines the ways of tradition and transmission in modern times through the play of board games. Since 2017, “OPEN CIRCUIT”, curating unit based in Seoul, Korea, and OLTA have jointly launched a project and have observed festivals and folk songs in various places. Based on “Snakes and Ladders” familiar in ancient India from acts and songs transmitted from oral history, OLTA and OPEN CIRCUIT produce their own board games, and play board games with audiences by improvisation. The cards used in the game include gestures of festivals and folk songs, tools used for the festival, and actions such as drinking, and the player actually plays while altering various gestures and tools drawn on the cards.
KAWAMURA Kazuhide participate in the CRAFT TAITUNG CREATOR EXCHANGE PROGRAM, an exchange program for Kapo (Kanazawa Art Port) and a residence in Taitung, Taiwan, about one month from June 4, 2019.