The ICA Commission on Art & Cartography invites you to participate in their Pre-Conference Workshop “Reclaiming through Mapping: Olympic Sites of Tokyo.” Some of these spaces, including the conference venue, are on reclaimed land or artificial islands in Tokyo Bay built out of waste landfill. This workshop investigates the question of how place is constructed, using an experimental, performative and site-specific methodology developed by the art-research collective Hamilton Perambulatory Unit, who will lead a participatory mapping walk in Tokyo that looks to uncover the layers of urban development history of the 2 Tokyo Olympics and the high-growth (1964) and post-growth (2020) periods they represent.
This will be a two-day workshop. On the first day, organizers will provide a short morning tour to the1964 Olympic Village site which repurposed US occupation military housing from 1946; the afternoon will be spent on presentations from the participants and on experimental mapping methodologies. On the second day, to complete their own maps, participants will visit a 2020 Olympic site near the conference venue, and return in the afternoon to share results. The data collected will help answer the following research questions: Are there traces of this rich history in the material environment? How does the official Olympic narrative affect the sites? How do experimental cartographies work to investigate how place is constructed? This interdisciplinary workshop uses hybrid spatial and sensory ethnography and intermedial approaches to map a site and distinguish the layers of time, history, materiality, and digital city-image. Participants will be asked to contribute to the final multi-media strata-map of Tokyo’s Olympic sites.
The workshop is open to everyone with an interest in sensory mapping art practices and experimental cartographies. Registration is required and is free of charge. Please note that it is not necessary to be registered for the main ICC conference (which requires fees) to be able to attend the workshop.
You can register for the workshop by email: taien [at] yorku.ca
Please include a short bio and indicate your interest in the workshop.
For more information, please contact Taien Ng-Chan taien [at] yorku.ca or Sharon Hayashi hayashi [at] yorku.ca