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Shinjuku becomes a hub of student art

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

If you’re interested in new art, but don’t have the time to visit dozens of small galleries, the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2014 is a good opportunity to discover up-and-coming artists, without traveling all over the metropolis. For 17 days from Aug. 22 through Sept. 7, the city of Shinjuku is showcasing numerous works by students from all over Japan.

The Shinjuku Creators Festa 2014 takes place in Shinjuku Moa 4th Street and the Shinjuku Center Building, and it hosts a student art competition as well as various other artworks.

Fifteen spatial design works created by university students from 15 different schools will be displayed in the streets and buildings, while digital movies by students will be screened on the giant Alta Vision monitor of the Studio Alta Building and the Yunika Vision monitor above Yamada Denki electronics department store.

As a highlight, giant inflatable installations designed by well-known Japanese modern artists will be displayed in various office buildings around Shinjuku station. These include an avant-garde creation by Yayoi Kusama at Shinjuku NS Building, an unusual work by Noboru Tsubaki at Sumitomo Fudosan Shinjuku Grand Tower, and others by CG artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi at Shinjuku Oak Tower and Kagurazaka Bishamonten Zenkokuji.

Shinjuku Creators Festa 2014 takes place at various locations around Shinjuku Station from Aug. 22 to Sept. 7; times vary depending on the venue. All exhibits are free to see. For more information, visit www.scf-web.net.