Something interesting is going on in Beppu, Kyushu, the leading hot spring resort of Japan with as many as 104 public baths.
It is an art festival called 'Mixed Bathing World:Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 2009'. With passport and map in hand, viewers will explore the town in search of works of art spread throughout. Along the way they will come in contact with the many expressions that Beppu takes on. Eight artists from different national backgrounds visited Beppu, chose their own locations, and presented artwork possible nowhere else. There are many associated events such as live music and dance performance scheduled during the festival. Please visit their official site for more information.
[Art Gate Cruise] A traditional style Japanese hotel that still retains the charm and ambiance of the ultra-modernist Meiji Era, the 100-year-old tenement house, the former guesthouse built in the early stages of Showa era, the shrine and harbour which for decades have offered protection for seafarers and families alike ... these unique places all of which represent Beppu's long and rich history will become "Art Gate Cruise", through the creative endeavours of eight leading international artists, who themselves have long-since left their own home country, and taking the form of site-specific installations, the commissioned works reflect both the artists own history and sense of place as well as the diverse nature of Beppu's links with the wider world...
□Participating artists Adel Abdessemed Hussein Golba Michael Lin Lani Maestro SARKIS Yinling of JOYTOY Jin-me Yoon Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries