About the local hosting organization“SUZU 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale” aims to be an unprecedented festival in which participating artists can rediscover the charm of the place, its patterns of life and its people, while engaging locals and supporters from elsewhere. Artworks installed across the region, from the sotoura to the uchiura, will not only show a new way to explore the Oku-Noto cape, but also suggest future directions for the oyashio-culture, including a relationship between the Japanese archipelago and the continent. Local delicacies from the sea and mountains prepared according to traditional recipes; kiriko lanterns which are believed to relate to sea spirits; suzuyaki (unglazed ware) pottery, agehama-style salt fields (artificially flooded saltpans set above the high-tide mark), and Noto-gawara (Noto roofing tiles) – all of these distinctive things encountered and experienced here remind us of the foundational layers of Japanese culture.This archetype of Japanese culture preserved in Suzu presents a forgotten Japan of profound significance for the current era, when we must consider the foundation and future of Japan in the face of global environmental issues and the corruption of ethical values within capitalism. Let’s create an art festival where traditional culture resonates with contemporary art. CIEE Japan started an annual Triennale international workcamp 2 years ago (Niigata in 2015, Nara in 2016) and it will be 3rd anniversary this summer. WEBSITE (ENGLISH) http://oku-noto.jp/en/about/
About the volunteer workVolunteer's activities may vary according to the artists and locations. There may be work in carpentry, handwork and cleaning. Many of them are international artists who play an active role in international art communities. List of all artists http://oku-noto.jp/en/artists/ The hosting committee expects that local residents in Suzu and related organizations can be more conscious of taking an active role in international community by interacting/working with international volunteers.
Local accommodationAccommodation: Volunteer facility Facilities: Japanese room with futon mattress (No sleeping bag is needed). Details will be TBD in May Meals: Three meals will be provided by the local partner
About the project locationOku-Noto is the name given to the northern area of the Noto Peninsula on the northern coast of Japan. The city of Suzu is located at the point where the warm current (kuroshio) and cold current (oyashio) in the Sea of Japan meet. The region has a unique geography bounded by the sotoura (“outer harbor”) to the north and uchiura (“inner bay”) to the south. It is blessed with a verdant natural landscape, where diverse flora from both eastern and western regions of Japan co-exist, nourished by seasonal winds from the continent laden with moisture. Suzu flourished as an important port when maritime trade across the Sea of Japan was active, including Japanese missions to Tang China, official envoys from Bokkai, and the routes plied by kitamae-bune, the freight ships of the Edo-period. However, when the means of transportation shifted from sea to land, Suzu’s location became a disadvantage, leading to decline and depopulation. The current population of 15,000 is less than half of the figure in 1954 (38,000) when the city was established. Suzu would be regarded as one of the most isolated places in Japan according to the dominant values of today. However, it remains a fount of Japanese culture where various cultures dispersed across Japan have accumulated over generations, as seen in its festivals and rituals, such as kiriko (giant lanterns), festival floats, and yobare (inviting families, friends and neighbours to feasts on festival days). Paradoxical as it may sound, it is this uniqueness that gives this place the quality of a singularity capable of bearing hope for our contemporary era.
Requirements1. Extra fee 18,000 JPY(about 150 EURO). Please pay on arrival. This fee will be used for supporting the local partner to run this camp. 2. We look for those who respect other cultures and have an interest in traditional Japanese culture and modern art, and interest of this “SUZU 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale” concept. 3. A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese. A long sleeved T shirts and trousers, work clothes (which can get dirty), bath towel, toiletries, work shoes (which can get dirty. No sandal in work days) and hat/cap.