Greetings from the Organizing Committee：
“Art Seaside Naoetsu” presents the vision of “Mutual Sympathy for the Future” on the stage of Naoetsu, using the theme of “Sea/Town/People.” In the midst of the global spread of coronavirus infections, we have taken a step towards the seeing the future of this irreplaceable city through the new perspective of art. Eight groups of artists have created new works by touching on the history, culture and climate of Naoetsu at four sites in the city. Created in response to the local people as well as visitors to the exhibition, these works of art will make the entire city look like a museum and will color the lifestyle of the town for the 58 days of the exhibition. We aim to create new landscapes and new experiences in the city that you have become too familiar with, and illuminate the light of discovery and excitement in your heart. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have contributed to making this project come to fruition, and we look forward to your continued support and cooperation.
Art Seaside Naoetsu Organizing Committee
Mirai e no Koukan/Mutual Sympathy for the Future
Here in Joetsu, there are hidden layers of wisdom, pride and beauty that come with living in such a unique climate. This is the inheritance that our incredible ancestors have passed down through the ages, that we must illuminate far into the future. We want to create a landscape where culture and art serve as a bridge so that everyone can feel the charm and liveliness of the city as we look out to imagine the city 100 years in the future. In the summer of 2021, those of us living now aim to create a Naoetsu that those of the future will enjoy, to carry the art created for this land to foster a new, future-oriented civic pride. Art exists in the eye and the heart of those who touch it and experience it, and there are as many differences as there are people. Enjoying this diversity can also become the strength of the town. We now find ourselves in unprecedented, uncertain times. Though we may not return to the normal ways of before, we believe that our art holds the possibility to open up a path to a new society. We will take one more step toward the challenges of the future on this road we have travelled together.
Prospering from rich nature as well as from a shipping industry, Naoetsu is a port town on the Sea of Japan. From ancient times, trade, squeezed together with a mix of people and cultures, has created new value. Within this activity lies the seeds of art. Art is technique which comes from the root of humans, and is the breath of beauty in our daily lives. Responding to a time called history, and a space called city, art gently shakes a sense in us that we are not usually conscious of. People are towns, and towns, people. If people change, the town will change, and if the town changes, people will change. This summer, everyone coming together in this seaside town will create and share new experiences that can only be had here. Something new can be created when we look with new eyes at this dreamlike scenery of sea, town and art. We hope to pass on this gift from us living today, to the future, like the old ships crossing the sea, passing from harbor to harbor.