Program ／TURN Interactive Program
This collaborative program provides repeated opportunities for encounters and mutual interaction between artists and people using social welfare facilities, as well as communities and people requiring various forms of social support. Artists participating in the program also carry out research to explore phenomena not readily apparent in society and daily life.
Examples of interactive projects
Katsuya Ise and Momo-no-kai
Artist Katsuya Ise has been visiting “Momosan Fureai no Ie” about twice a month to interact with the users of this day service center for elderly people, adjacent to Momoi Daisan Elementary School in Suginami-ku, Tokyo. While participating in activities such as composing haiku, knitting, and painting picture postcards with the users, Ise has been engaged in ongoing interaction that values the time spent in dialogue enriched by the diverse lives led by each and every individual at “Momosan Fureai no Ie”.
Tomoko Iwata and Fuji Cleaning Services
Artist Tomoko Iwata has a passion for familiar natural features such as plants and topography, and produces work inspired by them. Interested by the fact that there are people who visit parks—pockets of natural environment in cities where people and creatures come and go—specifically to clean them, she started her interaction with Fuji Cleaning Services who do exactly that. In her sketches and diary, she has carefully spotted and recorded the passage of people and creatures that the cleaning team’s members recognize precisely because they clean the park almost every day.
Tengyo Kura, who defines himself and lifestyle as a “vagabond,” has expanded his range of interactions with various places and people involved in TURN’s Interactive Program. At places he visits, he engages in a unique form of residing he calls “culture dive,” where he throws himself into his experience not as an artist, but as an individual sharing a place with others, devoting himself to enjoying his time and encounters there.
Partnered by cameraman Ryohei Tomita, dancer Kaiji Moriyama has visited a variety of welfare facilities, such as Kyosaren Recycled Bottle Washing Center and Cocoromi Gakuen, two or three times a year since 2016, sometimes staying overnight. The highly spontaneous behavior that unexpectedly stirs, flows, and repeats in the course of encounters people and spaces from each facility encourages the artist Kaiji Moriyama to explore a new approach to encounters that is neither observation, nor research, nor even an ordinary interactive performance. It embodies “interaction through a form of dance that is just like chatting or sitting next to someone.”