HomeBase Project has been selected to take part in the first Saitama Triennale, Set in Saitama City, home to over 1.26 million residents, located one hour away from Tokyo, will take place between September 24, 2016 – December 16, 2016 - 79 days in total, with pre-events taking place around the city in November 2015. The Triennale focuses on the theme of ‘Envisioning the Future!’ and will be conceived as a social experiment in rejuvenating urban life by breathing creativity through the windows of art and culture.
The HomeBase Project has been selected by the Artistic Director Committee of the Triennale to participate in the Triennale, both during the pre-event stage in 2015 and in the main event in 2016. HB Saitama will mark the fourth continent and city in which the project takes place, following previous projects in NY, Berlin and Jerusalem and will be marking a first decade.
In 2015 a group of six artists from various backgrounds have been invited to participate and explore the meaning of home on site, at a three story tall building located in Iwatsuki-ku neigborhood and which is still used as a dormitory for the staff of the doll company Togyoku Co., Ltd, creating a new discourse, research and site-specific art work around the notion of home. Artists included: Ishu Han - China/Japan, Adrian Brun - Argentina / The Netherlands, Midori Mitamura - Japan, Paris Legakis - Greece, Koji Iijima - Japan, Anat Litwin - USA/ Israel, and Nikki Hendrikx from The Netherlands. A booklet has been created documenting the experience and outcomes.
In 2016 a group of seven artists participated in the project which took place btw Oct 5th - Dec 14th, 2016, with a focus of artistic hosting initiatives and social based art 2016 HB Artists include: Oscar de Carmen & Martina Bobrikova - Czechoslovakia / Spain, Koji Iijima - Japan, Masha Zusman & Valery Bolotin - Israel, Thekla Boven - Belgium / Philippine, Anat Litwin - USA/ Israel. The Project Co-Producer and Co-Curator of the HB Archive is Nikki Hendrikx from the Netherlands. For Bio's and additional information about the artists please visit the 2016 Artist Pages.