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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.

*The FY 2020 program will include remote interaction as well as interaction in which artists visit facilities.

Examples of interactive projects

  • Sunao Maruyama and Everest International School, Japan

    Artist Sunao Maruyama is involved in interactive activities with elementary to high
    school students at Everest International School, Japan, an institution officially
    recognized by the Nepalese government.
    Since 2019, Maruyama has continued with interactive initiatives in art classes aimed at giving children an enriching experience in the process of creating artworks.

    [Sunao Maruyam] Profile
    [Everest International School, Japan] Profile


    Artist Tomoko Iwata’s creations are based on the observation and collection of
    familiar natural objects that are around us, giving a sense of the cosmic cycle. Since 2020 she has been engaged in interactive activities at HARMONY PRESCHOOL INTERNATIONAL, a preschool for children of different nationalities. Iwata and the children made a photographic record of the ground at their feet from their individual perspectives; the result was a form of new
    “ground” created by connecting the photos to give a sense of the tracks each
    participant had taken.

    [Tomoko Iwata] Profile

  • Chikara Matsumoto and TDU Tekisen Democratic University

    Since 2019, video and animation artist Chikara Matsumoto has been involved in interactive activities with members who opt for video and art classes at alternative
    university TDU Tekisen Democratic University. TDU’s diverse student body includes
    people who have experienced non-attendance at school, hikikomori (social withdrawal), and those who are exploring their own unique way of living.
    Their interactive sessions led Matsumoto and the TDU students to produce the animated film work “Get Back a Sense of Being Yourself in the World” on the theme of the “landscape of memory.”

    [Chikara Matsumoto] Profile
    [TDU Tekisen Democratic University] Profile

  • 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. 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”. Since 2020, the activities have been carried out through a mixture of online and offline visiting. Ise runs workshops on the themes of the houses that facility users used to live in, and the pets they used to have, conducting exchanges to record the stories of each user.

    [Katsuya Ise] Profile
    [Momo-no-kai] Profile

  • MACHEE DEF and Toshima Welfare Home for people with disablities Sakuranbo

    Rap creator MACHEE DEF has engaged in collaborative activities with Toshima Welfare Home for people with disablities Sakuranbo since 2019. His activities there have focused on building relationships with facility users and staff members, including a performance at TURN FES of a rap based on casual conversation with facility users and everyday insights and realizations.In 2020, he interacted with the members via the Internet and created a rap “Remo-oto Sakuranbo” based on the experience. It was performed at the “Online Festival Sakuranbo– 2020”. In 2021, he continued to communicate with facility members going on walks with them.

    [MACHEE DEF] Profile
    [Toshima Welfare Home for people with disablities Sakuranbo] Profile

  • “La Maña and Yumi” and Kamimachi Atelier

    “La Maña and Yumi” is a music and dance unit featuring Latin music band La Maña and artist Yumi Okubo. In 2019 the unit conducted salsa dance-based interactive activities with Type B employment continuation support Centre Kamimachi Atelier, creating a burgeoning and lively setting for people to move their bodies to music. From FY2020 onwards, they are carrying out activities under the name “Papo and Yumi“.

    [La Maña and Yumi] Profile
    [Kamimachi Atelier] Profile

  • Akashi Ikawa and Applause Minamiaoyama

    Composer Akashi Ikawa has been working with Applause Minamiaoyama since 2020, exchanging ideas through “flowers and music”. Applause Minamiaoyama is a place where people with learning / cognitive disability, mental health issues or developmental disabilities work while learning the skills of flower arrangement. At the beginning of 2020, he visited the facility to create flower arrangements together, followed by a remote “flower and music exchange.” The flower arrangements, even through the same material is used, the result will differ depending on the person who arranges the flowers and the individuality of the flowers, which is similar to the relationship between a composer and a performer.
    [Akashi Ikawa] Profile
    [Applause Minamiaoyama] Profile

  • Daisuke Nagaoka and Heartpia

    Daisuke Nagaoka has been interacting with Shibuya City Welfare Center for Persons with Disabilities Heartpia Harajuku, since 2019. In the first half of 2020, he produced specimens and sketches from weeds collected with users in the garden on the rooftop of Heartpia Harajuku. From the second half of 2020, in addition to sketching specimens, he conducted activities in which users exchange glances with others whilst drawing portraits.
    [Daisuke Nagaoka] Profile
    [Shibuya City Welfare Center for Persons with Disabilities Heartpia Harajuku] Profile

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