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2017.08.16

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Green light― An artistic workshop

Conceived by Olafur Eliasson, Green light – An artistic workshop explores a variety of perspectives on migration and belonging, eliciting exchanges of knowledge, experiences, and values. It suggests new models of community and provides a forum for discussing the current geopolitical issues around global and internal migration.

In collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (TBA21), Green light – An artistic workshop is thought of as a welcoming act that shines a green light to asylum seekers, migrants, and refugees. In presentations of the workshop elsewhere, asylum seekers and refugees are joined by members of the public and student volunteers in building lamp modules based on a design by Eliasson and in an educational program, called Shared learning that comprises seminars, lectures, artistic interventions, psychological and legal counselling, and creative workshops.

Given that Japan accepts very few asylum applicants into the country, for Yokohama the Green light project has been adapted to focus on examining the barriers to integrating people from different backgrounds that exist in Japanese society today.

In line with the theme of the Yokohama Triennale 2017, “Islands, Constellations & Galapagos,” which examines the current state of the world in terms of “connectivity” and “isolation,” the Green light project attempts to provide a platform to raise awareness of issues surrounding refugees and migrant communities in Japan. It seeks to connect those who are alienated and isolated as a result of displacement and to explore new kinds of communication that enable us to co-exist with people from different of backgrounds. Most of the participants at the Triennale are not themselves asylum seekers or refugees, but rather local people who are engaged with issues around migration in Japan, people who share the vision of a society that fosters co-existence, whose members are open to sharing and learning from each other. Participants and visitors alike can take part in the Shared learning program and also work together to build the lamps.

Dates/Titles: *each session completed one day. 

Mon, August 21 - What if I became a refugee?
Mon, August 28 - What if I became a refugee?

Sat, September 9 - Refugees in Communities
Sun, September 10 - My life story beyond “immigrant” youth

Time: 13:00-17:30 / 2 parts
13:00-14:30    Shared learning
In this part, guest speakers who are engaged with issues around migration will report on the conditions of refugees, and participants are invited to group discussion to think about what and how we can do on these issues.
14:30-17:30    Lamp building workshop
The participants also work together to build the lamps.

Venue: Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition space, Yokohama Museum of Art
Capacity: 20 / each day
Admission fee: Free for on the day ticket holders of Yokohama Triennale 2017 (Pre-registration necessary.)
Registration: Please apply through the detailed information page on official website.

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