a trans-disciplinary project that deals with Okinawa's
contemporary reality and the topic of the transformation
of local culture and urban environment triggered
by globalization and the ubiquitous process of modernization.
Artists, art curators, architects, town planners, inhabitants
and local authorities collaborate in order to revitalize
Okinawa's contemporary urban culture. The title "wanakio" results
from reading the Japanese"Hiragana" syllabary of "O_ki_na_wa" vice
versa and gives a hint to the wanakio strategy of redefinition
of the existing qualities. Starting from a careful reading
of the urban and social environment art and design projects
are created in a direct interaction and communication process
from within the urban reality. More on the wanakio
took place in 2002, 2003,
(see the respective sections for more information) and wanakio 2008 is on from November 15th through 30th. See the wanakio 2008 section for more information about artists, events and locations.
The opening party took place on November 15th in the Sakaemchi market.
wanakio organizing committee
directors: Jun Miyagi, Titus Spree