Marking 30 years in 2020 since Art Tower Mito’s opening, the Contemporary Art Center’s “Publicness of the Art Center” explores over two phases the role required of an art center in today’s changing society. Phase 1 was organized from March to May 2019, reinterpreting the Contemporary Art Center as a place where art is born and using the facility’s gallery space for creativity and dialogue between both artists and visitors as well as between fellow visitors. In Phase 2, the gallery will be employed as a space for cultivating dialogue and various activities centered on an exhibition.
This exhibition presents new work created by six artists who were invited to take up one-month residencies during Phase 1, conducting research on the Mito area and the Contemporary Art Center, and collaborating with local citizens. It will also feature documentary footage from Osamu Jareo’s Metamorphosis workshop, ongoing since Phase 1 and exploring the nature of dialogue and physical expression, as well as further workshops and a final presentation of the results.
In addition, the popular cafe space will appear in the Workshop Room inside the gallery from December 5th. It will serve as a place for people to spend time as they like, to interact with other people and take part in various activities. Opening up the Contemporary Art Center as a social space where works of art facilitate dialogue and connections that can lead to further developments in the future, the exhibition and program of related events will consider in practical ways the role required of an art center today.