Directed and Designed by JK Anicoche + Rick Yamakawa
When we change, the city changes: An interactive performance about new ways of living
Following research in Manila, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo, Manila-based performance-maker JK Anicoche and up-and-coming Japanese architect Rick Yamakawa create an interactive performance. Urban space in Japan comprises “aisles” for going somewhere. This project emerged from the pair’s desire to discover and make “isles” that can be anchored and visited in these aisles. The results radically transform the familiar landscape of the city, presenting insights and inspirations.
Take a route that forms three circuits around the roads of Ikebukuro, covering some 500 meters in 100 minutes... The majority of a city is occupied by alleyway-like “aisles” that exist simply for passing through. The artists behind this project traveled to cities in Asia to research how people live, bringing back what they learned to apply and develop it in the streets of Toshima. Participants travel along routes inside Toshima with performers carrying mobile sandboxes. Together they undertake “practice” discovering and creating “sand isles” as places where people talk and spend time. Let’s start by looking at the city in a new way.
10/28 (Mon) 18:00 (Route A)
|Start Points||Route A: Toshima Ecomusee Town (south plaza)
(South side of Toshima City Office building)
2-45-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8422
Route B: Theater Green BIG TREE THEATER
2-20-4 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022
Route C: Ikebukuro Station West Exit Mosaiculture En-chan (owls)
1-27-2 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
(Start point reception desk updated)
Route D: In front of IKE Biz (Toshima Industry Promotion Plaza)
2-37-4 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021
|Running Time||100 min. (TBC)|
Free (no reservation required; first come, first served)
Capacity per route: 7 (TBC)
This is a tour-style event in which participants walk a route together with caretakers.
Manila-based performance-maker JK Anicoche is artistic director of Sipat Lawin Ensemble. He works widely with communities, holding workshops for youth in disenfranchised and disaster communities, and promoting the act of storytelling.
Born in 1990, Rick Yamakawa worked at Junpei Matsushima’s architecture firm before he became a research assistant at the Faculty of Art at Tokyo University of the Arts. His practice explores an interest in the reading of nonverbal information through architectural design. He has created stage design for the theatre company Sinbunka and the space design for the whenever wherever festival (2018–19).
|Directed and Designed by||JK Anicoche + Rick Yamakawa|
|Caretakers:||Aokid, Risa Fukuoka, Chihiro Kobayashi, Arata Mino, Ness Roque-Lumbres, Ryuji Chiba, Aisa Shirai, Kei Taira, JK Anicoche|
|Mobile Sandbox Production:||Takahiro Kai (studio archē)|
|Mobile Sandbox Production Assistant:||Yoshimasa Yaguchi|
|Research Assistant:||Yuria Kaneda|
|Map & Photo Book Editing:||Hinako Izuhara|
Map & Photo Book Design:
|Production Coordinator:||Yuko Takeda|
|Production Assistants:||Chihiro Suzuki, Hitomi Nomoto|
|Interns:||Yuriko Yano, Momoka Yunoki, Kirara Yokoi, Mai Tamura, Harue Suzuki, Risa Yokoi, Erina Tsukimura, Takuya Kato, Hana Sasahara, Megumi Kawade, Ayaka Yabe|
|Co-organized by||the Japan Foundation Asia Center|