Design at Riverside
7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
A unique Canada-Japan cultural exchange and exhibition in honour of relief efforts related to the 2011 Tsunami.
Curation and exhibition/event coordination by Daisuke Takeya and Chie Kajiwara.
After the devastating Earthquake and Tsunami hit North Eastern Tohuku, Japan in March 2011, there was a tremendous outpouring of relief aid from across Japan and around the world, including new and gently used school supplies. The schools were overwhelmed and their needs were fulfilled many times over, making it necessary to recycle or discard redundant donations. Japanese born, Canadian-based artist and curator Daisuke Takeya managed to have a small number of the redundant elementary school backpacks set aside and conceived of the FIELD TRIP Project in which 70 artists (35 from Canada and 35 from Japan) were commissioned to transform the backpacks into works of art. He joined forces with Onagawa-based art teacher Chie Kajiwara to create a clever, beautiful and very portable travelling exhibition designed to engage communities in the affected areas in a new and positive way.
By displaying the artworks in unusual, very public venues, the exhibition has attracted many visitors who were directly affected by the Tsunami, and encouraged them to join others in their communities to participate in the inter-active components of the show. The artworks are made to be touched, opened and in some cases borrowed and worn by the audience. The exhibition completes its highly successful 18 month Japanese tour at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, and marks the 3rd anniversary of the Tsunami with its Canadian debut at Idea Exchange Design at Riverside.
The Field Trip Project includes 70 artists and designers: (35 from Japan and 35 from Canada)
Yusuke Asai | Ichiro Endo | Atsushi Fukunaga | Miwako Hashimoto | Kae Higuchi | Tomoko Inagaki | Yoshiaki Kaihatsu | Akitaka Kamijo | Masamitsu Katsu | Parco Kinoshita | Takayoshi Kitagawa | Chie Koda | Tomoko Konoike | Kotakeman | Junko Maruyama | Hiroko Masuko | Hiroyiuki Matsukage | Kensuke Miyazaki | Chiharu Mizukawa | Takahide Mizuuchi | Satoshi Murakami | Takashi Murakami | Kengo Nakamura | Keijiro Niino | Norio Nishihara | Kiyoko Sakata | Risa Sato | Michiari Saito | Izumi Sakamoto | Yoshiko Shimada | Tanotaiga | Kyoco Taniyama | Noboru Tsubaki | Michiko Tsuda | Koichi Watanabe/ Fukushima University
Dean Baldwin | Katie Bethune-Leamen | Diane Borsato | Atanas Bozdarov | Annie Onyi Cheung | Emelie Chhangur | Shannon Cochrane | Miles Collyer | Brett Despotovich | Jérôme Havre | Hanna Hur | Selena Lee | Derek Liddington | Dyan Marie | Alex McLeod + Krystle Tabujara | John McMinn + Melana Janzen | Tibi Tibi Neuspiel | Tom Ngo | Marc Ngui + Magda Wojtyra (aka Happy Sleepy) | Jenn E Norton | Juliana Pivato | Geoffrey Pugen | Aleksandra Rdest | Tanya Read | Scott Rogers | Jon Sasaki | Camilla Singh | smfoundation (Shinobu Akimoto & Matt Evans) | Fiona Smyth | Josh Thorpe | Michael Toke | David Trautrimas | The Doodlers (Christina Chow, Amina Lalor, Stanley Sun, and Joon Yang of Waterloo Architecture and Leila Moslemi) | Douglas Walker | XXXX Collective (Shannon Garden-Smith, Corrie Jackson, Emily Smit-Dicks and Polina Teif)
Key sponsors of Field Trip include the Pola Foundation of Japan, Toyota Corporation of Canada, and DAICHI Projects.
Opening: Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm
Daisuke Takeya was born and raised in Japan. He studied art in New York, obtaining his BFA (School of Visual Arts, SVA) and his MFA (New York Academy of Art) before selecting Toronto, Canada as his base to pursue independent art and curatorial projects.
Daisuke has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Japan Foundation, Toronto, the Embassy of Japan in Canada Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Seoul Auction Pouch Cove Foundation SVA Gallery, Mori Art Museum, Kyoto Art Center Sezon Art Program/ Sezon Museum of Modern Art Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Tate Tokyo Residency, and the Embassy of Canada in Japan (Tokyo).
Daisuke is also a past programming director and board member of Gendai Gallery, and is currently an artist and ambassador of ARTBOUND and co-director of DAICHI Projects.
Complimentary "Field Trip Project" Opening Art Bus
Idea Exchange, Design at Riverside
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:00-10:00pm
Field Trip Project Lecture
School of Architecture Lecture Theatre
Monday, March 3, 2014 - starting at 6:30pm