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From Dawn to Dawn: A Hyper Pop-Art Stand Play

2020 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

In 2019, Olta delved into research on Sumida Ward, having been invited to “Fantasia! Fantasia!: A community where lifestyles are made real,” a project based in the northeastern part of the area. The Higashi-mukojima neighborhood, which is close to Hikifune, was once called Tamanoi and featured private brothels; even now, sparse traces remain of its “cafe architecture,” a building style associated with red light districts. Sandwiched between the Sumida and Arakawa Rivers, this area is home to a leather factory that was relocated from Asakusa due to odor pollution. It was also learned that the 1911-1930 construction of the Arakawa spillways saw the river enormously expanded by human hands, particularly Korean and Chinese immigrant workers. Many Koreans were then murdered as false rumors spread in the immediate aftermath of the Great Kantō Earthquake of September 1, 1923. The Tokyo Skytree has brought big changes to this urban landscape, which is now packed with condominiums. Its inner workings remain, built on racial and economic divisions and a history of many people’s hardships.
 
For this work, Olta created a script that interwove recreations of interactions experienced in the area with stories and records from literary figures, folklorists, and film directors, including Nagai Kafū, Shaku Chōkū, Takehisa Yumeji, and Ozu Yasujirō. It was then filmed in an abandoned factory. The set references the sketches collected by Kon Wajiro of temporary barrack structures built in the wake of the Great Kantō Earthquake, as well as the stage design by Murayama Tomoyoshi for a production of Georg Kaiser’s “From Morning to Midnight” (dir. Hijikata Yoshi, starring Senda Koreya) — featuring work by Kon Wajiro and his team, “From Morning to Midnight” was staged at Japan’s first dedicated theater for “Western-style” shingeki plays, Tsukiji Shōgekijō, which was built in Taishō 13 (1924), the year after the earthquake. As we walk through the city, the memories of the neighborhood, its origins, testimonies from the Kantō Massacre, and the gestures of its modern residents gradually come to light, forming the basis for a multi-layered narrative of events across the past to the present told through acting, narration, comics, and more.
 
Performers: Tagami Aoi, Hoshi Budō, Saitō Takafumi, Kawamura Kazuhide, Inoue Tōru, Yonezawa Erika, Nakajima Yurie, Endō Jun’ichirō, Hasegawa Yoshirō, Meguninja
Production:
Stage design, CG design: Hasegawa Yoshirō
Stage production, Props, Wardrobe: Olta
Landscape photos: Hoshi Budō, Meguninja
Manga: Satō Tanshō
Sound, Recording: Inoue Tōru
Filming, Film editing: Agata Kenji
Scenario, Film editing: Meguninja
Direction: Jang-Chi
 
Citations
Nagai Kafū, Bokutō kidan (A Strange Tale from East of the River), Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2000, pp. 29-35, 55, 69-72.
Nagai Kafū, “A Strange Tale from East of the River,” Kafū the Scribbler, The Life and Writings of Nagai Kafū, 1879-1959, trans. Edward Seidensticker, Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1965, pp. 286-87, 295, 301-02.
Shaku Chōkū, “Suna keburi-ni” (Sand and Smoke II), Shaku Chōkū zenkashū (The Complete Tanka Poetry of Shaku Chōkū), Tokyo: Kadokawa Sofia Bunko, 2016.
Nagai Kafū, “Nigiri-meshi” (Rice Balls), Aozora bunko, https://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/001341/files/51972_42199.html, Accessed 12 Oct 2020.
Takehisa Yumeji, “Jikeidan asobi” (Vigilante Possy Play), Tōkyō sainan gashin 6, Miyako Shinbun, 19 Sep 1923.
Nagai Kafū, Tekiroku danchōtei nichijō (Summary, Diary of Daily Happenings at Danchō Manor), ed. Isoda Kōichi, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2015, vol. 1, p. 274.
Ozu Yasujirō, director, Kaze no naka no mesudori (Hen in the Wind), starring Tanaka Kinoyo and Sano Shūji, Shōchiku Studios, 1948.
Ozu Yasujirō, director, Tokyo monogatari (Tokyo Story), starring Ryū Shichū, Higashiyama Chieko and Hara Setsuko, Shōchiku Studios, 1953.
Nagai Kafū, “Terajima no ki” (Memories of Terajima), Nagai Kafū zuihitsu shū (jō) Hiyori geta, hoka jū-roku-hen (Collection of Essays by Nagai Kafū, vol. 1 “Hiyori geta” and 16 Other Essays), edited by Noguchi Fujio, Tokyo: Iwanami Bunko, 2018, p. 252.
 
1h 11min.
 
Exhibition
“Chōshū geijutsu sutando purē: Yoake kara yoake made” (From Dawn to Dawn: A Hyper Pop-Art Stand Play), Fantajia! Fantajia! Ikikata ga katachi ni natta machi (Fantasia! Fantasia! Cities Formed from Ways of Living)
When: 7-29 Nov 2020
Where: Hōjō Kōmuten Tonari (3-22-10 Higashi Mukōjima, Sumida Ward, Tokyo)
Support: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Ureshii yokan, Ltd.

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Hyper Popular Art Stand Play ”From dawn to dawn”

2020 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

Date:
November 7th(Sat.)-29th(Sun.) ※Open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and 23rd (Monday / holiday)
Time:
10:00〜19:00
Venue:
Next to Hojo Komuten (Address:3-22-10 Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032)
About appreciation:
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.
Application form
https://airrsv.net/fanfan-practice2020/calendar
 
Related events:
Artist talk
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)
 
http://fantasiafantasia.jp/
E-mail:info@fantasiafantasia.jp

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Hyper Popular Art “STAND PLAY”

2020 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

OLTA, who have cut their daily life from a humorous and critical glance and play unconscious behavior in the city as a person and thing, perform “Hyper Popular Art STAND PLAY” in Kyoto near the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Hyper Popular Art Stand Play” , which has been developed since 2017, creates stories through the functions of cities and the gestures and conversations of people in those environments.
The stage designed from the structural model of the New National Stadium JAPAN is reproduced in the theater, and “acting by ourself” and “watching what they perform” stand up in a nested structure among the actor and the audience, the city and the theater.
 
Venue: ROHM Theatre Kyoto, North Hall
Date: 2020. 2/8(Sat) 15:00, 2/9(Sun) 18:30, 2/10(Mon) 19:00, 2/11(Tue) 14:00
 
Concept, Script, Costumes, Stage & Art Direction: OLTA
with: Mayumi ARAI, TAKAHASHI ‘Takakhan’ Seiji, Akiko TAMAKI, Yu YAMAMOTO
 
Director: Jang-Chi
Actors: Mayumi ARAI, Toru INOUE, Kazuhide KAWAMURA, Takafumi SAITO, TAKAHASHI ‘Takakhan’ Seiji, Akiko TAMAKI, Yoshiro HASEGAWA, MEGUNINJA, Yu YAMAMOTO
 
Stage Design: Toru INOUE, Yoshiro HASEGAWA
CG Design: Yoshiro HASEGAWA
Sound Design: Toru INOUE
Video: MEGUNINJA
Illustration: Toru INOUE, Takafumi SAITO
Character Design(Video): Win SAITO
Flyer Design & Illustration: Yu YAMAMOTO
Costumes Assistant: Shie MANAMINO
Producer: Eriko KAMIMURA
 
Lighting: Takayuki Fujimoto
Sound: Masashi KATO
Movie: Ludo TAKEBE
Technical System(Movie): Mitsuru TOKISATO
Technical Assistant: Yuka YAMATO
 
Video Announcement

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Design & Illustration: Yu YAMAMOTO

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Stand play vol.3, 5, 6, 7

2019-2020 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

“Stand play vol.7 Tekiya quoits”
 
Throw a ring made of pylon-related items, such as pylon weights and sign ropes, into the pylon and get a prize every time you succeed. The prize is the original picture of the author of the stand play manga “Oku-chan”: Saito Tansho. The event was held at honkbooks at “NORAKUMA MALL #Uru”.
 
“NORAKUMA MALL #Uru”
Venue:theca (in honkbooks)
Date:February 29 (Saturday),2020 12:00-20:00
 
https://honkbooks.com/norakumauruu/
 
 
“Stand Play vol.6 New Year’s first sale by sandwich man”
 
SAITO Takafumi and TAKAHASHI ‘Takakhan’ Seiji dress as a sandwich man in Kyoto and Osaka, and try to sell tickets for the performance of “Hyper Popular Art STAND PLAY” on the street. During OLTA’s stay in Kyoto, they went from the residence to the Kyoto Art Center at the rehearsal as a sandwich-man for 3 weeks.
 
Date & Venue: 4th January2020 Kyoto
       5th January2020 Osaka
 
spacial thanks: TAKAHASHI ‘Takakhan’ Seiji, Eriko KAMIMURA
 
 
“Stand play vol.5 Delivered by Uber Eats”
 
A delivery man carrying a Uber Eats backpack delivers a meal at OLTA FARM KITCHEN / sheep studio (Sumida-ku) to the client. The situation will be shown on the screen of the venue in a live broadcast. The client draws a text or drawing instead of the price and gives it to the delivery person.
Date: December 14, 2019 (Sat) 17:30-19:30
Cooperation: AOKI Akira
 
Fantasia! Fantasia!: A community where lifestyles are made real
Date: November 20,(Wed) – December 20,(Fri) 2019
With this project we will develop a “learning forum” through tie-ups with cultural hubs around the Bokuto area (the northern part of Sumida City in eastern Tokyo), and through art-based thinking. We will use the implementation and verification of the project’s learning programs to think about the creativity needed for well-being, and to consider the value of local cultural resources from a moderate perspective.
https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/en/what-we-do/creation/hubs/fantasia-fantasia/30841/
 
Open studio dates:
November 23, 2019 (Sat) 10:00-17:00
December 6, 2019 (Fri) 13:00-20:00
December 14, 2019 (Sat) 10:00-17:00
Venue: sheepstudio (3-20-9 Kyojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Price: Free
Organizers: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Arts Council Tokyo, Ureshii Yokan
Cooperation: sheepstudio AIR
https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/ja/events/39904/
 
Learning Lab # 05
“Search things “in Sumida”
Date: December 21, 2019(Sat) 15:00-17:00
Price: Free
 
 
“Stand Play vol.3”
 
Walk around the area with the audience and Takahashi ‘Taka Khan’ Seiji’s guide around Osaka, and collect “Hyper popular art Stand Play” by shooting with a smartphone and description of the situation at the city.
 
Date : 2019. January 12  19:00-22:00 / January 14 12:00-15:00
Venue : Sekai / Osaka City Konohana-ku Shikanjima 2-2-9
 

Hyper Popular Art Stand Play

OLTA develop from 2017 and investigate the phenomena that cause laughter in everyday life.
They will clarify the unconscious gesture of the body that occur in urban life and the random situations brought about by artificially set up temporary street objects.

 

“Stand play vol.7 Tekiya quoits” theca(honkbooks)2020

“Stand Play vol.6 New Year's first sale by sandwich man” Kyoto, Osaka 2020年

“Stand play vol.5 Delivered by Uber Eats” sheep studio 2019

“Stand Play vol.3” Sekai, Osaka City Konohana-ku 2019

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STAND PLAY vol.2

2018 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

In the video of the monitor, the history of the modern Olympics is referred to from photographs and caricatures published in the newspaper, and actions and language in urban stadiums such as market and racetrack are shown  as humanity’s actions that has continued since ancient times. Three performers imitate gestures in response to the images on the monitor, using sponge objects that represent the city in a humanoid shape and color cones and masks  that symbolize the myths.
 

Hyper Popular Art Stand Play

OLTA develop from 2017 and investigate the phenomena that cause laughter in everyday life.
They will clarify the unconscious gesture of the body that occur in urban life and the random situations brought about by artificially set up temporary street objects.

 

 
Produced by OLTA
 
Date : 2018. October 19th  17:30- (Duration : about 40min.)
Venue : BWA Awangarda, Wroclaw, Poland
https://bwa.wroc.pl/?tf_events=performans-stand-play-vol-2Theater
 
Exhibition: Limited Vision
Duration: October 2018
Venue: National Forum of Music(Wroclaw, POLAND)
https://limitedvision.weebly.com

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Stand Play vol.1

2018 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

“Stand play” is an attempt to describe things and situations that produce laugh from ordinarily life, and to replay the relationships created by the city’s functions and the body expanded by the media.A performer who put on a tabi(traditional Japanese socks), focusing on the simple use of things such as pylons and plastic bottles in the city, actions on groups such as betting, functions of signals and disaster prevention radios, and people’s gestures and conversations in those environments. They play a social role brought about by laughter in Noh theater.
 

Produced by OLTA
Video Camera : IIOKA Yukiko, MURATA Moena
Video Edit : IIOKA Yukiko, MEGUNINJA(OLTA)
Date : 2018. July. 23th( Mon.)
Venue : KAWASAKI Noh Theater (JAPAN)
Organized by:OLTA, Drawing lab Wroclaw, Limited Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photo: INOUE Sayuki

Photo: INOUE Sayuki

Photo: INOUE Sayuki

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Stand Play : Lottery Stand

2017 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

Stand Play : Lottery Stand

Hyper Popular Art Stand Play

OLTA develop from 2017 and investigate the phenomena that cause laughter in everyday life.They will clarify the unconscious gesture of the body that occur in urban life and the random situations brought about by artificially set up temporary street objects.
 

Exhibition:Twenty Year’s of the TARO Award/Twenty Enfants Terrible
Date:2017 March 12ー June 18
Venue:Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Tokyo
 
3331 Art Fair
Date:2017 March 17ー20
Venue:3331Arts Chiyoda

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Reproduced Laughing

2016 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

Exhibition:Beyond the tangible
Duration:2016 June 3rd – July 3rd
Venue:Zuiun-an
Curation:YOSHIOKA Emiko
Cooperation: NISHIEDA FOUNDATION, Kyoto Seika University
https://www.n-foundation.or.jp/2016-1
 
“Reproduced laughing”
Laughter has human nature and social role, and many philosophers have defined humans as “animals who know to laugh” since ancient times. Henri Bergson writes that laughter can be assumed to be two conflicting, stiff feelings in one human being. Focusing on the group nature and social role that laughter has, we reproduced the laughter phenomena and gestures we witnessed in various places in everyday life with voice and gestures.
 
“My QR code”
The QR code drawn on the body connects to the SNS Line account “laughing”. There, you can see the video taken on a daily basis with a theme of laughter.
 
workshop”Laughing replica”
In the video work of the exhibition, OLTA looks for the nature and phenomena of “laughing” in the society, the self and others, and the emotions and functions caused by “laughing”. In the workshop, while touching the world of the works of OLTA and thinking about “laughing”, each expresses the image of “laughing” with a drawing or a mask.
 
Date:June 18th 14:00-18:00
Venue:Zuiun-an

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