Streaming Heritage 2021 autumn | Between the Plateaus and the Sea
There are numerous cultural heritages and tourism resources along the edges of the Nagoya Plateau and Atsuta Plateau. From Nagoya Castle, going through Nayabashi to Miya-no-Watashi, and then to Port of Nagoya, the flow of the Horikawa River is a "stream" connecting these heritages in a line. Streaming Heritage uses contemporary art to highlight this flow, streaming Nagoya’s historical and cultural heritage in real-time. Taking a train from Nagoya Castle and tracing this flow upstream will take you to Seto, a major production center for ceramics.
Meanwhile, the program also highlights the continuous recreation of the trends in digital media culture rooted in this same area—between the plateau and the sea—in the manufacturing capital that is Nagoya, beginning with the World Design Expo and its venues at Nagoya Castle, Shirotori Garden, and Port of Nagoya, and continuing with the International Biennale in Nagoya—ARTEC, artport/MEDIASELECT, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), VISUALOGUE International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) and resulting in membership of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
This event is intended to show the world the charms of Nagoya’s unique cultural arts, creating an interaction between history and the present through installations by well-known domestic and international artists, symposiums featuring experts and creators, and performances using cutting-edge technology, and so lead to a revitalization of social and economic activity.
November 12th (Fri)-November 28th (Sun), 2021
*Held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday during this period.
Nagoya Castle Area
Nayabashi Bridge Area
Nagoya, Japan Cultural Expo Executive Committee
- City of Nagoya
Nagoya, UNESCO City of Design Organizing Committee
Nagoya Urban Development Public Corporation
Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, Fiscal Year 2021
["Media Consciousness" = Awareness on Media]
Streaming Heritage (Recreating Heritage) has its background in the concept of "media consciousness." Media are intermediaries, that is, "things that connect something to something else" and being aware of these media is "media consciousness." Well, then, why is that important?
[Horikawa River Itself as Medium]
It is because the Horikawa River is the medium that connects Nagoya Castle and the port, and this medium itself constitutes the origin of the city of Nagoya. Being aware of the Horikawa River is the first step in recreating Nagoya’s history and its charm.
[Recreation Via Media Art]
"Why media art?" There is also an answer to this question. It is because media art is indeed art that is aware of its distance from the media. It makes us conscious of and lets us perceive the various media that, in melding into our lives, have thus become invisible. That is one of the roles of media art.
[Recreating Another Heritage = Building a Media-Conscious Archive]
Streaming Heritage also aims to recreate another heritage involving the link between Nagoya Castle and the Port of Nagoya, namely the heritage of media design and media art. In archiving the continuous history from the World Design Expo in 1989 up to the present day, we will recreate the flow of/trends in design and art rooted in this city of manufacturing.
[Illustration] Clemens Metzler
[Graphic design] Nagao Norihisa