Spanning seventeen floors of a building that was once part of Tokyo Denki University in Kanda, the Trans Arts Tokyo project is bursting with exhibitions, talk events and workshops, open laboratories and artists-in-residence studios. The massive temporary art space is the latest work by Masato Nakamura, the artist and art producer who created the Arts Chiyoda 3331 complex two years ago. Each floor of Trans Arts Tokyo has a unique environment with a distinct ambiance, including many artworks, a number of which draw inspiration from the electronics experiments that occurred in the building during its past as an electrical university.

The Japan Times sat down with Nakamura at 3331 to discuss the aims of this project.

What was the impetus for Trans Arts?