Taking an innovative approach to promoting young, up-and-coming artists, a creative team in Tokyo, Japan has arranged for a unique “museum” as scene of an art exhibit: a building slated for demolition. The exhibit, ‘BCTION’ (bikushon) uses all nine floors of the building, and runs from Sept. 1-15, 2014.
More than 50 artists from a variety of genres have spent a month creating their art, using the ceilings, doors, and walls of the old office building in Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Interviews and videos are available on the BCTION YouTube Channel.
When the exhibit ends on Sept. 15 the space will be used for events and advertising photography until the building closes in preparation for demolition on Oct. 1.
The hope of organizers, artist Koutaro Ooyama and photographer Joji Shimamoto, is to promote young and notable artists and increase the opportunities available to emerging talent. The goal is for artists to have more part in society, and to see this type of effort in other cities.
The artists see the period of time between the 2011 earthquake the 2020 Olympics as a time of great change for Tokyo. They feel that over the next few years many unsafe buildings will be destroyed and by reusing these spaces as temmporary art it expands opportunities for artistic participation.
Ooyama, a graduate of Kyoto City Univ. of Arts, is known for his wall installations, and his inspiration from native Japanese Ainu and native American Haida. Shimamoto is a graduate of Academy of Art Univ. School of Photography who has exhibited in the US and was named one of “Japanese Photographers 100” in 2009.