KOKO NI IRU

KOKO NI IRU

Artistic Research & Exhibition Project

KOKO NI IRU is an art exhibition with an assemblage of Japanese memorabilia in Utrecht that is the result of an extensive social and artistic research project created by the artistic directors of JACCU. 

KOKO NI IRU means “I am here” in Japanese. With this project, we would like to open the doors to the small but rich community of Japanese people in Utrecht, with their own values and culture, to show that they are here with us and give the community the right resonance within the NL. Are you a resident of Utrecht Province with Japanese roots? Please let us interview you!

What makes a Japanese person feel at home in Utrecht?

We as an organisation have a great interest in the life of the Japanese community in the Netherlands. 

JACCU’s mission includes uniting and endorsing all those interested in Japanese art, culture and society to feel a part of a community. Project KOKO NI IRU starts with a research phase in which we do a lot of interviews.

The main question of the interview is: What makes a Japanese person feel at home in Utrecht? How do they decide to make Utrecht their home?

When starting a new life in a new place, every person acquires countless connections, laying the foundations for their lives and creating their own ‘home’, where they are now. This is what we want to explore, archive and present in an exhibition. 

JACCU - KOKO NI IRU

Exhibition in de Bieb in Autumn!

JACCU KOKO NI IRU

We are gathering items that symbolise the memories they told us during the interviews. We will collect them as research material in addition to the stories.

By archiving personal experiences and sensations that are hidden behind the walls, we expect to build an assemblage that reveals a genuine story of Japanese life in connection to Utrecht. We are gathering dozens of pieces to curate and exhibit as a collective archive of the life of Japanese people in de Bibliotheek Utrecht locations, especially in the great monumental Neude building in the Utrecht city centre.

Taciser Sevinc and Hiroko Matsushita will do the artistic curation of the exhibition in collaboration with the Bibliotheek Neude exhibition department. Save the date to your calendar to visit Neude in October!

Researchers

Taciser Sevinc by Lea Groeliker 2018

Taciser Sevinc
is the founder and the president of the Stichting Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht. She is a scenographer and a visual artist. She is working as an independent professional on stage design, performance design and graphic design.

Taciser is conducting autonomous artistic research projects on different subjects such as the awareness and the mindset of practising, self-improvement and self-actualisation. In her works, she uses audio-visual media and collected materials to manipulate the space to create immersive installations.

Hiroko Matsushita

Hiroko Matsushita
is a Japanese artist and designer based in Houten since 2019. She is the board member of the Artistic Committee of Stichting Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht. She joined JACCU with her passion to make a cultural bridge between Japan and the Netherlands, especially in the field of art and design.

Hiroko’s works have been internationally received in a wide range of disciplines including Art, Illustration, and Design. Predominantly using paper and light/shadow, she explores the idea of perspective, volume and tangibility in the material and the space. These are often combined with her research relating to society, gender and femininity.

KOKO NI IRU is part of the programme of Utrecht 900!

KOKO NI IRU in Utrecht 900

We find this project resonating with the theme of the celebration of “900 years of Utrecht”, ‘City without walls’ with the intention of celebrating the different people of Utrecht. We want to make a big picture of the Japanese community living in Utrecht and make a significant celebration all together.

Many thanks to Gemeente Utrecht, the Utrecht 900 committee for granting us a generous subsidy to realise this project!

Gemeente Utrecht

How to participate?

There are several ways to participate in this project. You can help our interviews as an interviewee or interviewer. You can also support the project in different ways, such as through project management, fundraising, sponsorship, research data analysis, production team of the exhibition and during the exhibition as a host or tour guide in the library. Please read through the options and find your place in the Project KOKO NI IRU.

Are / were you an Utrecht resident with Japanese roots? You can be an interviewee.

We are inviting all Japanese people for a 30-45 minute interview about their life in Utrecht. You might have been born in Japan and travelled to the Netherlands? Or perhaps you grew up out of Japan but one or both of your parents are Japanese?

If you would allow us to interview you, we would be very appreciative. It gives us an opportunity to gain more insight on the life of the Japanese community in Utrecht, makes the big picture more clear and colourful!

If you are willing to participate, first read through the terms and conditions, please click here.

You can fill the form below and we will contact you as soon as we can to make an appointment for an interview.

Are you a Japanologist or a researcher in Japan studies? You can volunteer for the research team.

We are willing to do as many interviews as possible, but we cannot do it alone. If you are experienced in doing interviews, preparing transcriptions and basic research data analysis, you can volunteer to be an interviewer. 

We will guide you through the questions and expected outcome of the research through the information meetings in Utrecht.

You can fill the form below and we will contact you as soon as we can to give you more information.

Are you an artist or art student? Are you an enthusiast of Japanese culture? You can volunteer for the exhibition team.

We are willing to collect as many items as possible to exhibit, but we cannot do it alone. If you are experienced in production, if you have an eye for detail and a sense of creativity, you can help the exhibition team. 

We will guide you through the tasks and expected outcome of the exhibition in the information meetings in Utrecht.

You can fill the form below and we will contact you as soon as we can to give you more information.

Are you a fundraiser or a potential sponsor? You can help us to make this project a great one!

We are aiming for extensive research in the entire province of Utrecht to reach hundreds of Japanese individuals to create a great picture of the Japanese community in Utrecht. To realise this, we need all the support we can receive. 

Gemeente Utrecht is our biggest supporter by granting us a generous subsidy to realise this project. 

Bibliotheek Utrecht is welcoming us to exhibit our curious assemblage in their great location Neude, to spread our great collection through the three stories of the building and organise guided and free tours to discover the hidden stories.

Would you like to support us financially to make this exhibition a great one? Please look for our crowdfunding page or contact us for sponsorship.

NEWSLETTER

Japanese Art & Culture Centre of Utrecht

Partners & Supporters

Gemeente Utrecht
KOKO NI IRU in Utrecht 900
de bibliotheek utrecht
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis
Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis
Leiden University Research Project
Society for Japanese Art
JWC - The Japan Women's Club
JWC - The Japan Women's Club
himawari-utrecht
JACOP - Japanese Communities Platform
SHOKUDO Japanese Food & Design
Het Utrechts Archief
JACOP - Japanese Communities Platform
TACISER.S ART AND DESIGN

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