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wanakio 2005

is focusing on the central urban areas of Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture, which has managed to preserve a distinct local atmosphere, but is facing severe problems regarding its future development.
In a creative interaction process artists, architects and town planners do fieldwork and develop projects in Okinawa’s urban space in a dialogic manner. Subsequently the projects are presented directly in the context they deal with. As far as possible wanakio’s activities happen openly in the public space in order to create new models for direct democratic interaction between different social strata and thus reinforce the more and more fading physio-spatial field the democratic process relies on. Close collaboration with the local authorities is sought as the project also proposes concrete steps for improving the urban living conditions.

Beside creating and showing art works, another central focus of wanakio are various educational activities and workshops with children which are intergated in the ‘trans-academy’ platform.

There is detailed documentation on the wanakio 2005 preparation and discussion process in Japanese only at: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/wanakio/

project details
Project contents: • Urban Art exhibition
• Trans-Academy - wanakio’s educational platform featuring
children and inhabitants workshops, symposiums, artists talks,
lectures, seminars, town walks and other side events
Dates: Wanakio 2005 overall program: July 23 - November 27, 2005
Fieldwork: October 29 - November 17, 2005
Urban Exhibition: November 18 - 27, 2005
Trans-academy: July 23 - November 27, 2005
Location: Central urban Neighborhoods in Naha
Project Organizer: Wanakio Organizing Committee

Maejima Art Center (NPO)
Directors of the
Jun Miyagi, Titus Spree
Curators: Jun Miyagi (director Maejima Art Center)
Titus Spree (assoc. Prof. University of the Ryukyus)
Emiko Kato (independent curator, Rice+ Tokyo)
Sponsorship: Asahi Beer, Shiseido
Cooperation: Naha Monorail Inc., Velotaxi Okinawa Partner, Plantation Inc., Kuniyoshi Realestate Inc., Yamashiro corporation

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