Since 2011, Tatsuno Art Project has been held here in Tatsuno with the generous support of
    the Agency for 
    Cultural Affairs of Japan, using the many historic buildings that remain in the
    region as venues to present 
    art to people from across Japan and around the globe, and showcasing
    the unique appeal of Tatsuno and 
    the excitement of contemporary art.
    Known in centur ies past as the "l itt le Kyoto" of Har ima Province
    (today the southwestern part of Hyogo Prefecture),

    Tatsuno has long been recognized by scholars for its 
    historical and cultural importance.
    However, to many including myself who were born and grew up here,
    the traditional townscape
    was something one took for granted - until, perhaps, returning after a lengthy 
    absence and
    breathing a sigh of relief at the atmosphere of the old castle town. Today the nostalgic charm of 

    Tatsuno is something that appeals to many artists and visitors of all stripes, and is somehow ideally
    suited to
    the world of art, characterized by unique spaces found nowhere else with an atmosphere
    differing radically 
    from that of a museum. I have come to believe that preserving this town as
    a treasured part of our regional 
    heritage, and sharing it as an archetype of the traditional Japanese
    community, is a vital mission for those 
    of us born and raised here. This year, for the duration of the
    Project from November 2 to 16, we strove to 
    build on the experiences of the past three years to
    further heighten the quality of art in the community and 
    enhance the viewing experience, focusing
    on the following five key points:

    1. Utilize historic regional assets (as-yet-unused cultural heritage, networks and human resources).
    2. Promote interaction with outstanding, internationally active artists, and secure opportunities for
    sophisticated cultural communication and information exchange.
    3. Pursue multidisciplinary syntheses, such as between art and music, and take on the challenge of  
    and sharing new artistic value.
    4. Secure opportunities to obtain the guidance and advice of specialists in the art field.
    5. Promote partnerships among the community, local government, schools, embassies, etc.,
    and make it an arts and culture event of a highly public nature.

    Since 2013, we are explor ing new hor izons with a multidisciplinar y synthesis of contemporary
    visual art 
    and new music, in the form of a concer t featur ing young Tatsuno-born composer
    Yabuta Shoichi. This
    year, it was held in an old soy sauce warehouse with a unique ambience
    arising from its centur ies of use 
    and acoustics that could not be achieved in a concert hal l.
    The audience was seated r ight up close to the 
    performers and was thr i l led by the innovation
    and immediacy of the fusion of music, f i lm, and dance.

    Everyone involved in staging the per formance was delighted with the results. Happily, as in
    past years, the 
    event as a whole received highly positive feedback from numerous attendees.
    I am very pleased and deeply 
    grateful to be able to say that public recognition of Tatsuno Art Project
    is growing at a steady pace. Moving 
    forward, we will continue highlighting the al lure of Tatsuno,
    a histor ic castle town where contemporary 
    art looks right at home, through Tatsuno Art Project
    and related init iat ives aimed at invigorat ing the 
    community and promoting the ar ts and culture.
    We look forward to your continued encouragement and
    support. In closing, I would like to express
    my deepest gratitude for the cooperation and suppor t of the 
    participating artists, creators, and
    performers, and everyone else who helped make this project a reality.

    ASAI Yoshiaki

    Tatsuno Art Project Director

    February 2015




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