press release

Venues: Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya city, Toyohashi city, Okazaki city, Aichi Prefecture (Japan)

Aichi Triennale 2016, to be held in August in 2016, announced on September 30 that 11 artists/groups for Visual Arts, 3 artists/groups for Performing Arts, and 2 opera singers for Opera Production (The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart) will join the list of participants.

The 3rd edition of the Aichi Triennale, an international arts festival that aims to convey the latest movements in contemporary arts, will invites more than 100 artists, artist groups and performers from all over the world.

Artists (as of September 30) Visual Arts: A *Candy Factory Project / Kitakyushu Biennial in Aichi, Shintaro Ajioka, Allora & Calzadilla, Giovanni Anselmo, Libidiunga Cardoso, D&DEPARTMENT PROJECT, Nicholas Galanin, Jerry Gretzinger, Satoshi Hata, Takashi Ishida, Chih-Sheng Lai, Charles Lim Yi Yong, Midori Mitamura, Yoshinari Nishio, Shinji Ohmaki, Masao Okabe, Mauro Restiffe, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Watson, Chikako Yamashiro Film Program: Go Takamine Performing Arts: Ryoko Aoki, Company DCA / Philippe Decouflé, Israel Galván, Takehisa Kosugi, Un Yamada Opera Production: Gaetano d'Espinosa (Conductor), Saburo Teshigawara (Director), Jun Suzuki (as Tamino), Mari Moriya (as Pamina)

The Triennale will be showcasing works not only in museums and theaters, but also in various other locations, such as old department stores, ex-private houses, public squares, and parks in Nagoya city, Okazaki city and Toyohashi city. This approach will create a series of unusual yet fascinating urban scenes and an unique labyrinth. As you walk around the city and enter in the buildings, you will find yourself surrounded by compelling works of art. Visitors are warmly invited to participate in this thrilling experience in Nagoya, Okazaki and Toyohashi.

Concept by Chihiro Minato, Artistic Director

The Persian-derived word caravanserai means "an inn for caravans." Although designed to serve the commercial traveler, caravanserais were nothing like the business hotels of today. The expansive courtyard of a caravanserai had stables, storehouses, and space for business transactions, and there were accommodations on the upper floors, giving the whole place the aspect of a palace rather than an inn. The splendid edifice was protected by high, thick walls enclosing a tree-shaded respite from the long, weary journey.

For most of today's city dwellers mired in fast-paced lifestyles, stopping the hands of the clock and wiping the clock's face clean of numerals would be a dream beyond dreams. Giving shape to wild dreams, however, happens to be a unique preserve of art. Art is capable of creating a time and space removed from the mundane, where form, color, sound and even the body take on aspects never before experienced. Art can bring together travelers laden with wonder and amazement, from east, west, north and south.

What would be the languages that echo in our contemporary dream courtyard? To put my imagination to work, I take up paper and pen, and fashion my own caravanserai, so that it will guide and encourage our caravan, which has already departed on its journey to the Triennale.