PROJECTS

Spirit of “North”

2011 〜

theme/
"Is there a shared spirituality amongst groups of people who live in northern regions of the globe, outside of race and nationality?"
With this question as the driving force, our project Spirit of 'North' has continued to explore the spirituality of northern peoples by creating a platform for artists from Tohoku (the northern region of Japan) and from other northern regions of the world to interact with each other and exchange ideas. 

Spirit of 'North' was initiated soon after the Great East Japan Earthquake hit Tohoku in 2011. This project facilitates interactions between the people of Tohoku and other northern areas of the world to examine a northern spirituality that resonates among us all. Beyond lifting the spirits of Tohoku people after the disaster, our project aspires to create a global network through which northerners from across the world, and anyone who is drawn to the north, can collaboratively build a 'northern philosophy'. 

Through the project, similar spiritual practices can be observed in Ainu culture, further north of Tohoku, and is also common among other northern peoples of the world. Furthermore, I believe that the northern spirit can resonate with anyone who shares the northern sentiment. Thus 'North' in the project title does not merely indicate the direction or region but posits 'North' as a metaphor for a spiritual dimension. 

Organiser/
Spirit of 'North' Executive Committee:
MARUYAMA Yoshiko (Artist, Representative of this Executive committee)
KANEOYA Takeshi (Architect), MARUYAMA Tokio (Artist) and the other committee members of the local region.

Spirit of "North" site
Spirit of "North" facebook page

Exhibitions and Participants/
vol.1: 
2013 at Sanju Hachi Kengura, Fukushima.  
artists:Vigdis HAUGTRØ, Margrethe AAS, Su GRIERSON, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

vol.2:
2014 at Sanju Hachi Kengura, Fukushima.  
artists:YOSHIOKA Masami, KOBAYASHI Hanako, SATACHI Ruriko, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

vol.3:
2014 at Kaiyokan, Fukushima.  
artists: ONO Yoshimasa, CHIBA Naoko, MARUYAMA Yoshiko. cooperation: HASEGAWA Hiroshi, YAMANAKA Yushi, KANKE Hiroaki

vol.4:
2015 at Steps Gallery, Tokyo. 
artists: Helena JUNTTILA, Antti YLÖNEN, Kaisa KERÄTÄR, CHIBA Naoko, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

vol.5:
2015 at Traditional Japanese storehouses in Otazuki-chiku Minami-machi area, Fukushima.
artists: Helena JUNTTILA, Antti YLÖNEN, Kaisa KERÄTÄR, CHIBA Naoko, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

vol.6:
2017 at NishiAizu International Art Village, Fukushima. 
participants: Amanda BILLBERG,  MARUYAMA Yoshiko, MARUYAMA Tokio, ISHIKURA Toshiaki, TAKASHIMA Masashi, Snow Collective

vol.7:
2017 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo. 
participants: Amanda BILLBERG, Vigdis HAUGTRØ, Helena JUNTTILA, ISHIKURA Toshiaki, TATSUKI Masaru, TAKASHIMA Masashi, CHIBA Naoko, MARUYAMA Tokio,  MARUYAMA Yoshiko

vol.8:
2018 at Gallery Off Grid, Fukushima.  
participants: Amanda BILLBERG, Vigdis HAUGTRØ, Helena JUNTTILA, MARUYAMA Yoshiko. conversation: AKASAKA Norio

vol.9:
2018 at Toki Art Space, Tokyo.  
artists: Amanda BILLBERG, Vigdis HAUGTRØ, Helena JUNTTILA, AKASAKA Tomoaki, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

Gap Dynamics

2013 〜 2014

date/ 26 Nov, 2013 ~ 1 Jan. 2014
place/ Itabashi Art Museum
artist/ OHYA Rica, KANAZAWA Sumi, TOUDA Shinichi, NAKATSUGAWA Hiroaki, MARUYAMA Tokio, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

Between ECO & EGO

2003 〜 2006

Theme:
The main theme of our project is not preserving the environment but looking squarely at the actions of human beings, who make up a part of the ecosystem (ECO) while satisfying their egos and pursuing their daily lives (EGO), and thinking about how we should strike a balance between these two apparently antithetical concepts.
The city of Kawaguchi has played a crucial role in the theme as well.

Planed and Organized by Between ECO & EGO Executive Committee:
MARUYAMA Yoshiko (Artist, Representative of this committee)
MARUYAMA Tokio (Artist)
KANEKO Ryoji (Executive of KAWAGUCHI ART FACTORY)
Cooperation of the participated artists and the local citizens.

Artists:
2003 and 2004- Exhibition in Japan
IKEDA Ichi, ISHIKAWA Raita, ITAMI Hiroshi, KANEKO Akihiko, KAWAKAMI Kaori, KOUNO Hiroko, KOSEMURA Mami, SHINJO Kureha, HARANAKA Koso, HIGUMA Haruo, HIROTA Miho, MARUYAMA Tokio, MARUYAMA Yoshiko, YAMAOKA Sakiko

2004 Exhibition in Greece
MARUYAMA Tokio, MARUYAMA Yoshiko, Klaus Pfeiffer

2005 and 2006
ISHIKAWA Raita, OKABE Masao, SATO Kazue, TSUBAKIHARA Akiyo, HANAUE Naoto, HISAYOSHI, MARUYAMA Tokio, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

From Outside Japan(2006)
Andree Weschler, Artur Tajber, Barbara Maron, Belu-Simion Fainaru, Boris Nieslony, Caroline Dear, Christina Lindeberg, Diana Radaviciute, Diane Maclean, Francisco Felipe, Francisco Sepulveda, Hortensia Ramirez, Jason Lim, Klaus Pfeiffer, Klavs Weiss, Lars Wikstrom, Liina Siib, Manou Soobhany, Massimo Zanasi, Neda Razavipour, Nenad Bogdanovic, Sakino, Saulius Valius, Siamak Filizadeh, Simin Keramati, Su Grierson, Sylvia Winkler, Stephan Koeperl, Tang Da Wu, Victor Martinez Diaz, Wanli-Furukawa Mari, Wu Ye

Place:
Various places in Kawaguchi City of Saitama Pref.

Term:
[Between ECO & EGO 2004 in Japan] May 29 - June 20, 2004
[Between ECO & EGO 2004 in Greece] August 22 - 29, 2004
[Between ECO & EGO 2006] October 22 - November 3, 2006

>> website of [Between ECO & EGO]

ECHO Project

2003 〜 2004

theme/
Tree female artists attempted to understand whole one foreign artist, not only her arts but also her life, policy, ethnic identity and so on. That dialogue include audiences created echo to understand one another.

Organiser/
ESASHI Tomoko, HONDA Mariko, MARUYAMA Yoshiko

Guest Artist/
Su Grierson (Scotland, UK)

Exhibitions/
vol.1: March 2003 at Toki Art Space Annex, Tokyo.  

vol.2: June 2003 at Toki Art Space and Galerie Omotesando, Tokyo. 

vol.3: August 2003 in Scotland, Grierson and Esashi’s show. 

vol.4: 2004, Su GRIERSON solo show at Yokohama Art Museum, Kanagawa