For all the criticism that can be levelled at the conventional "white cube" gallery space — its quasi-religious, sanitized hush and incongruity with large-scale interactive installations and other emergent forms of media art — as a visitor, it's at least unlikely that you'll wander into the path of a stray cyclist as you muse over canvases and ponder brush strokes.

Since 2009, Roppongi Art Night has been turning the eponymous Tokyo district into a sprawling exhibition, taking over not only its art galleries and museums, but also temporarily repurposing other urban spaces, parks and even the streets themselves for the whole 32-hour duration.

At the helm again this year is artistic director Katsuhiko Hibino, who, by now, is well aware of the unique challenges that come with an event of this scale (700,000 visitors attended last year's event) and relishes the opportunity to work with one of Tokyo's busiest and most recognizable districts.