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Toward the Innovation and the Distribution of Sustainable Environmental Art

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, the relationship between humans and nature has been severely questioned. In addition to the serious damage exacted by the natural disasters (the earthquake and tsunami), the meltdown destruction that struck the nuclear power plants has made invisible effects on our environment. Globally, it is said that our contemporary way of life and cultural circumstances have caused climate change and environmental destruction; these issues have intensified in severity and form the hard problem of the 21st century which we need to tackle. While considering such environmental issues, how can we face our cultural environment, directed toward local, everyday lives?

In order to create a new relationship between nature and art, we, the ISA Driving Committee, has run a spacious warehouse which is located in Bandai Central Pier in Tokushima, and have organized seasonal exhibitions and workshops. ISA stands for "inter-sustainable arts": we seek sustainability through interdisciplinary artistic activities.

In addition, there is the world’s oldest stratum of the ocean base in the Isua area, Greenland, and it has a significant meaning in the field of geology. The place—evoking a natural-historical time-scale, represented by the old stratum of the ancient sea nurturing lives and art as the act of the human—must be the topos that would create the site of "possibilities to live" and new earthworks.

As a first step, the ISA Driving Committee has organized various programs on the theme of environment and sustainability. Mainly devoted to organizing contemporary art exhibitions, we have also developed collaborations using local traditional techniques and involving the local community. We sincerely hope that our activity, which develops and transmits interdisciplinary practices of art, will become fertile ground for environmental art in the 21st century.

Ritsuko TAHO, representative of ISADC