#006 TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR: Ginza Edition

Tokyo Art Book Fair is an art book fair being held for the first time, taking place in Ginza over the course of a month.

Exhibitor booths will be lined up each weekend conveying the charm of printed materials while allowing exhibitors and visitors to communicate with each other directly. Additionally, weekdays will feature the Art Book Vending Machine making its first appearance at the fair, as well as Zine's Mate Shop which showcases and sells art books and zines bursting with character from both Japan and around the world.

Encounter and enjoy art books at the park in the middle of the city.

Duration: 2019.3.8 - 4.7

  • All
  • Exhibitions
  • Events
  • Park Live / BGM

Exhibitor Booth

Exhibitor booths will be lined up every weekend during the duration of the fair, conveying the charm of printed materials while publishers, bookstores, artists, and galleries from Japan and around the world communicate directly with visitors at their respective tables. The 25 to 30 exhibitors present will change each week, so each of the five weekends will feature a different lineup.

List of exhibitors: https://tokyoartbookfair.com/en/ge_exhibitors/

Duration/Time

Saturdays 12:00 - 20:00,

Sundays 10:00 - 20:00

*March 9 (Sat) only 10:00 - 20:00

Venue B2 - B3 / Basement 2 - Basement3

Art Book Vending Machine

The Art Book Vending Machine appearing only on weekdays will be stocked with upwards of around 1,500 art books, which were collected ten apiece from exhibitors as "exhibition fees" for booths on the weekends.

Select a keyword at this vending machine measuring 12 meters in length, and a book associated with that word will come out of the dispenser door. Enjoy chance encounters with art books at this vending machine.

*Art books provided to us as participation fees are stocked in the vending machine, and could possibly be provided back to participants. Depending on the content of the books and the condition they are in, some books may not be accepted as participation fees.

Duration/Time

Weekdays 10:00 - 20:00

*Starting March 11 (Mon)

Venue B2 / Basement 2
Participation fee 500 yen, or one of your own art books

ZINE'S MATE SHOP

The shop will be displaying and selling art books and zines bursting with character, selected by Tokyo Art Book Fair among submissions gathered from Japan and around the world. Popular when the fair was held annually from 2009 until 2015, the shop now makes a long-awaited comeback. With a wide selection of art books that cannot be found at normal bookstores, Zine's Mate Shop provides a place to come across new talent.

Time 10:00 - 20:00
Venue B2 / Basement 2

EXHIBITIONS

Throughout the duration of the fair, there will be four exhibitions held by artists from Japan and around the world.

Displays differ from one week to the next, meaning that new encounters will be awaiting whenever you visit.

Details about the exhibitions:https://tokyoartbookfair.com/en/ge_exhibitions/

Time 10:00 - 20:00
Venue B2 / Basement 2

Exhibition 1 | Daniel Shea & OK-RM

Presenting the exhibition Ex Nihilo, a collaboration between design unit OK-RM based in the UK, and American photographer Daniel Shea.

Exhibition Ex Nihilo
Duration March 8 (Fri) - March 17 (Sun),2019

Exhibition 2 | MISAKI KAWAI

From drawings to paintings, giant three-dimensional works of art, pottery, and more, you will know it is her work the moment you see the explosive pop stylings of this artist. Come and see the works of Misaki Kawai on display.

Exhibition Paper Party
Duration March 18 (Mon) - March 24 (Sun),2019

Exhibition 3|Takashi Honma

Presenting the exhibition Every Building on the Ginza Street by photographer Takashi Honma. This is the ninth edition of an homage series to the artist books published by American artist Ed Ruscha starting in the 1960s.

Exhibition Every Building on the Ginza Street
Duration March 25 (Mon) - March 31 (Sun),2019

Exhibition 4 | Miranda July

Miranda July is active in a number of fields including as a movie director, novelist, artist, and more. Here she presents an exhibition called Love Bucks, based on the theme of friendship.

Exhibition Love Bucks
Duration April 1 (Mon) - April 7 (Sun),2019

©Miranda July ©Elizabeth Weinberg

EVENTS

There will be an event called Printer Section which gathers professionals involved in printing, processing, and other areas in bookmaking. Various other events will also be taking place, including exhibitions and workshops related to the exhibitors, as well as talk shows, signing events, film screening, "Parl Live" live performance and more.

Venue B2 - B3 / Basement 2 - Basement 3

WORKSHOP

Make maps of the Book Fair with artist Elena Tutatchikova, learn hands-on bookmaking techniques with publishing company The Future Publishing from the Netherlands, take part in a workshop connected to the Takashi Homma exhibition "Every Building on the Ginza Street" (March 25 through 31).

"Make Maps of TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR!"

Children will be able to make maps of TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR at this workshop taught by artist Elena Tutatchikova who sees walking as a form of expression. In the first half of the workshop, freely explore the Fair looking for the books you like, sparking your imagination with the worlds to be found within them and chatting with their producers. Maps will then be created in the second half based on these experiences. How will the world of art books unfold as seen from the perspectives of children?

Elena Tutatchikova

Elena Tutatchikova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984. She is interested in the connection between nature and humans, the formation of human memories from cultural phenomena, and the relationship between walking and imagination. Putting together productions in local communities and gathering stories from places and people, she then expresses these in the form of photos, videos, writing, drawings, and more. One of her works is the photobook "After an Apple Falls From the Tree, There is a Sound" (torch press, 2016).

Date/Time

March 10 (Sun)

13:00 - 15:30(reception 12:30 - 13:00)

Venue B3 / Basement 3
Instructor Elena Tutatchikova
Price 1,000 yen
Capacity 10 participants
Ages 6 through 12 (the workshop is only for children)
Reservations Required
Apply Peatix: https://tabf-ginza.peatix.com *Japanese only

「Book Making Workshop」

In this workshop, create small books together with publishing company The Future Publishing, which is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is active worldwide. Create stories by freely combining paper printed with photos and text provided by The Future Publishing. Put together a special handmade book, and once you're done you can keep it. Come join the workshop, and experience book making ideas and methods firsthand.

The Future Publishing (March 16 (Sat) - 17 (Sun), Exhibitor)

Based in Amsterdam, The Future Publishing is publishing company that values experimentation. Offering small, experimental ideas with hidden potential to stir up major impact, their aim is to create opportunities for interaction through printed media. The Future presents their ideas in arenas such as installation art, exhibitions, research, and events, which printed materials such as books, magazines, and pamphlets are inevitably part of.

http://printthefuture.nl

Date/Time

March 21 (Thu/Holiday)

13:00 - 17:00(reception 12:30 - 16:30)

Venue B2 / Basement 2
Instructor The Future Publishing
Price Free
Reservations Not required
Note
  • Anyone who comes between 13:00 and 16:30 may participate.
  • The workshop is scheduled to end at 17:00.
  • Since space is limited, depending on the time you may have to wait.

「Then & Now Ginza Street, 1954-2019」 *Japanese only

This workshop is connected to the exhibition "Every Building on the Ginza Street" by Takashi Homma. There had also been a previous production called "Then & Now Hollywood Boulevard, 1973-2004" with photos of Hollywood Boulevard in 1973 and 2003, which illustrates in great detail both sides of the boulevard, employing the same method as the reference source for this production, artist book "Every Building on the Ginza Street" by Ed Ruscha. In the same manner, participants in this workshop will create their own "Then & Now Ginza Street, 1954-2019" booklets, comparing their own photos with those published in the "Ginza Kaiwai" separate volume "Ginza Haccho Album" in 1954.

Takashi Homma

Photographer. His personal exhibition "New Documentary" was held at three museums in Japan from 2011 to 2012. His other works include "Tanoshii Shashin" (Fun Photos), and the recent collection "The Narcissistic City" (MACK). He also published the "Takashi Homma Adaptation -I tried it and I understood! Introductory Literacy in the Latest Photography" (Shinchosha) in 2018.

Date/Time

March 31 (Sun)

13:00 - 15:00(reception:12:30 - 13:00)

Venue B3 / Basement 3
Instructor Takashi Homma
Price 3,000 yen
Capacity 25
Reservations Required
Apply Peatix: https://tabf-ginza.peatix.com *Japanese only
Note
  • Please bring a camera. (mobile phone and smartphone cameras are also OK)

Have Fun with Paper *Japanese only

Have fun with paper. Expand your imagination with paper. The "Gods of Paper" Sobey and Wakkey first appeared in the fresh, new interactive mook (portmanteau word for magazine and book) "Paperpuntas," and now they are coming to "TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR: Ginza Edition." Cut, tear, fold paper and make it pop—have fun with paper together with Sobey and Wakkey!

Sobey

This "God of Paper," who first appeared in "Paperpuntas," wears a paper bag on his head and collects his beloved paper scraps. He is particularly fond of the thinness of paper. When he takes the paper bag off, he turns into "Paperpuntas" Art Director Shin Sobue.

(Shin Sobue: Head of Cozfish, born in Aichi Prefecture in 1959. After graduating from the fine arts course at Aichi Prefectural Asahigaoka Senior High School, he entered the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University but did not finish the program. He likes to get carried away, and he even enjoys things when they don't go well.)

Wakkey

This "God of Paper" who first appeared in "Paperpuntas" wears a paper bow on her head, and a paper skirt. She is particularly fond of the pliancy of paper. When she is not wearing the Wakkey outfit, she turns into "Paperpuntas" Designer Asuka Wakida.

(Asuka Wakida: Lifestyle Director of Cozfish, born in Aichi Prefecture in 1993. She graduated from the Department of Design at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School. She strives to live a fulfilling life, while working with exhibitions and books)

"Paperpuntas"

"Paperpuntas" is a fresh, new type of interactive mook which takes a variety of approaches in expressing the possibilities of paper, with art direction by book designer Shin Sobue. The "Gods of Paper" Sobey and Wakkey who came bursting onto the scene in "Paperpuntas" now have strong presence in children's magazine "Yochien" (Japanese for "kindergarten"), and on TV Tokyo show "Oha Suta". They convey the wonders and excitement of paper.

Date/Time

April 7 (Sun)

10:30 - 12:00(reception:10:00 - 10:30)

13:00 - 14:30(reception:12:30 - 13:00)

Venue B3 / Basement 3
Instructors Sobey & Wakkey
Price 1,000 yen, or purchase "Paperpuntas" (available for purchase at reception on the day of the event)
Capacity 10 for each session
Ages 6 through 12 (the workshop is only for children)
Reservations Required
Apply Peatix: https://tabf-ginza.peatix.com *Japanese only

Discussion

Discussion on Ex Nihilo

This discussion event will be hosted by American photographer Daniel Shea and two representatives of London design unit OK-RM, who are visiting Japan to present the exhibit Ex Nihilo to be held March 8 (Fri) through 17 (Sun) as the first exhibit of TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR. They will talk about their creative ideas, with the main focus on discussions about production of Ex Nihilo.

OK-RM

Formed in 2013 by Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath, their activities are based in London and they have ongoing partnerships with artists and curators, editors, architects, designers, and institutions. They have published a variety of collaborative collections, starting with the publishing project In Other Words in 2015. OK-RM has been awarded a Grand Prix of the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno.

http://www.ok-rm.co.uk/

Daniel Shea

Born in 1985, he graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art then completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently based in New York. In 2018 he received the Foam Paul Huf Award, which is presented once a year to active photographers under the age of 35 from around the world, and held an exhibition at the Foam Photography Museum.

http://www.danielpshea.com

Discussion on Ex Nihilo

Date/Time

March 12 (Tue)

18:30 - 20:00(reception: starting at 18:00)

Venue B3 / Basement 3
Featuring OK-RM, Daniel Shea
Capacity 30
Price Free
Reservations Required
Apply Peatix: https://tabf-ginza.peatix.com *Japanese only

Film Screening

From March 18 (Mon) to 22 (Fri) there will be screening of four movies that will stoke the creativity of viewers. Enjoy them for free.

Screening times are displayed on the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR website.

https://tokyoartbookfair.com/en/ge_events/12518/

Duration March 18(Mon) - 22 (Fri)
Venue B3 / Basement 3

Book Signing

At the exhibitor booths where publishers, bookstores, artists, and galleries from Japan and around the world communicate directly with visitors conveying the charm of printed materials, there will also be tables where artists will be present for autograph sessions. Don't miss this rare opportunity to connect with creators Tomoo Gokita, Yuichi Yokoyama, Wisut Ponnimit, Masayuki Shioda, Taisuke Koyama, and Mayumi Hosokura!

*Schedules are displayed on the TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR website.

https://tokyoartbookfair.com/ginzasonypark/ge_book-signing/

Park Live

Park Live × TABF #006 TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR Ginza Edition / Ginza Sony Park

In conjunction with #006 TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR: Ginza Edition, the lineup for Park Live from March 8 (Fri) to April 7 (Sun) has been decided, with a wide variety of acts planned that can only be seen here.

Starting with the Opening Day Reception featuring Shuta Hasunuma, the unique lineup of performances also includes the band Buffalo Daughter which has been performing for 25 years, a collaboration between Oorutaichi and fashion brand Potto, the unit "The World where Everything Is a Little Gentle" comprised of detune., Ichiko Aoba, Itoken, and Daisuke Nishijima, and a session between artist Masaho Anotani and musician Shunji Mori. Also make sure to catch performances by artists who are part of the Fair, including a session between artists Hanayo and Elena Tutatchikova, a performance combining camera and drums by photographer Yusuke Yamatani, and an appearance by photographer Takashi Homma's band Deer Revenge! Enjoy encounters not only with art books, but also with music!

* One order system at "BEER TO GO" by SPRING VALLEY BREWERY.

About Park Live https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/e/program/000/

Schedule
March 8 (Fri) from 20:00 Shuta Hasunuma
March 9 (Sat)

Part 1 from 16:00: Yusuke Yamatani

Part 2 from 18:00: Hanayo+Elena Tutatchikova

March 15 (Fri) from 20:00 Sota Mizuno
March 16 (Sat) from 17:00 kotoko tanaka
March 17 (Sun) from 17:00 Kie Katagi
March 22 (Fri) from 20:00 Buffalo Daughter
March 23 (Sat) from 17:00 Oorutaichi × POTTO
March 29 (Fri) from 20:00 "The World where Everything Is a Little Gentle"
March 30 (Sat) from 17:00 deer revenge
April 5 (Fri) from 20:00 RHYTHM BILLGATES
April 6 (Sat) from 17:00 To be announced
April 7 (Sun) from 17:00 Masaho Anotani + 222 (Shunji Mori)
Venue B4 / Basement 4

Park BGM

Park BGM × TABF #006 TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR Ginza Edition / Ginza Sony Park

As background music on B4 (Basement 4F) of Ginza Sony Park, you can hear ten albums selected by Japanese and international artists and creators based on the theme of "The Music I want to Hear at Park Right Now." In conjunction with #006 TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR: Ginza Edition, songs played from March 8 (Fri) through April 7 (Sun) will be those selected by artists involved with the Fair.

About Park BGM https://www.ginzasonypark.jp/e/program/000/bgm.html

Schedule
March 8 (Fri) - March 10 (Sun) Taro Hirano (Photographer)
March 11(Mon) - March 17 (Sun) COMPUMA(DJ)
March 18 (Mon) - March 24 (Sun) Misaki Kawai(Artist)
March 25 (Mon) - March 31 (Sun) Jun Tsunoda(Painter)
April 1 (Mon) - April 7 (Sun) Miranda July(Filmmaker, Artist, Writer)
Venue B4 / Basement 4

CURRY TRUCK

The "Art Books + Curry" themed Curry Truck makes an appearance. More than ten curry restaurants are scheduled to open throughout the duration of the Fair (restaurants change daily). Enjoy curry and books at the park.

Venue B3 / Basement 3
Note
  • Stores will close when curry runs out.
  • The detailed schedule of the curry stores to be present will be shared on an ongoing basis on the Ginza Sony Park.

TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR

First held in 2009, Tokyo Art Book Fair is Japan's first book fair dedicated to art publishing.

Held once per year, it has steadily grown as an event for artists and publishers who produce highly unique art books, catalogs, artist books, zines and more to gather together in one place. It is now the largest art book fair in Asia. Every year there are around 350 exhibitors from Japan and around the world, including publishers, galleries, and artists, and upwards of 20,000 visitors.

In addition to booths attractively decorated with published works by artists and publishers who stay on the cutting-edge of bookmaking, there will also be special exhibits, discussions, screenings, and various other events taking place throughout the duration of the fair. Tokyo Art Book Fair aims to be the fair at the vanguard of art book culture in Asia, creating opportunities to experience the uniquely evolving world view of art books.

Website: https://tokyoartbookfair.com/en/

Duration

March 8 (Fri) - April 7 (Sun), 2019

Time

10:00 - 20:00

*Open 17:00 - 21:00 on March 8 (Fri).

Venue B2 - B3 / Basement 2 - Basement 3[Park Map]
Price

Free

Organizers

TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR / Ginza Sony Park

Note
  • Please note that entrance may be restricted during busy times.
  • Details above are subject to change without prior warning.