Tuning for Sanctuaries

Group + Alternative Machine
11:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m. / Tue., May 2 — Tue., May 30, 2023
*This program has ended.
Can "spaces for non-humans" and "spaces for humans" coexist?

The architect collective Group and the research group Alternative Machine are currently conducting research on environments where plants, animals, and humans can coexist.
As part of this experiment, a "sound garden" for animals and plants will be created in a house to be completed this year.
In addition, Group + Alternative Machine will create a garden that preserves the nature of Yumeshima, the venue for the Osaka-Kansai Expo to be held in 2025.

This exhibition is a prototype of such a garden, focusing on "sound" as one of the various elements that shape the space.
The exhibition will focus on "sound" from among the various elements that shape the space, while engaging in a series of dialogues with the artists who will perform during the exhibition period.
The exhibition will be a prototype version of this project, focusing on "sound" as one of the various elements that shape the space.
How will sounds tuned for non-humans interact in this artificial underground space?
The process of prototyping will be exhibited along with a record of the dialogue that took place at the site.

Group + Alternative Machine
Focusing on the "sound" of the city and nature, the experimental program offered a glimpse into the process of research being conducted there, as part of the various research projects, we invited guests related to sound and held a total of six Live & Talk during the exhibition period.

"Tuning for Sanctuaries" Live & Talk
Volume 1: 5/7 (Sun) Yuya Haryu, Tomoe Ando
Volume 2: 5/20 (Sat) Tomohito Wakui
Volume 3: 5/21 (Sun) Itsuki Doi
Volume 4: 5/26 (Fri) Ryotaro Miyasaka
Volume 5: 5/27 (Sat) Yumea Horiike
Volume 6: 5/28 (Sun) Tamana Ramen

Host: Gaku Inoue (Group)
From the outside (First half of the exhibition)
The process of sound research itself is exhibited. Visitors can listen to the environmental sounds of the Ginza underground concourse and the opposite sounds.
Visitors at Sony Park Mini
Questions and comments left in notebooks by visitors
From the outside (Second half of the exhibition)
Attaching sensors to plants to find out what kind of sounds plants are listening to research being conducted
With members of the Group and Alternative Machine. Group and Alternative Machine members, or take your time and look at the research results.
A total of 6 Live & Talk will be held during the exhibition
Live & Talk
On the last day, a screen full of research results
[Tuning for Sanctuaries] Key Visual

An architectural collective consisting of Gaku Inoue, Takahiro Omura, Naoki Saito, Kumiko Natsumeda, and a. The group positions architectural projects as temporary and continuous collaboration between people with different specialties, and focuses on the interrelationships among architecture, art, politics, labor, and urban history.
Major activities include design and construction of "Shinjuku White House Garden" (Tokyo, 2021), design and management of "Ebina Art Highway" (Kanagawa, 2021), planning and editing of "Notes No. 1 Garden" (NOTESEDITION, 2021), design and construction of "Water Roof" (venue composition for outdoor art exhibition "Nokemono"), design and construction of "EASTEAST_TOKYO 2023" (Tokyo, 2023), solo exhibition " Repair" (WHITEHOUSE, 2021), etc.

Website: https://groupatelier.jp/
Instagram: @groupatelier
Alternative Machine

A group of researchers, artists, and engineers working based on the idea and technology of artificial life (ALife). With the mission of "installing life into everything", they are challenging the research and development of life-like technologies and their application to society. In addition to conducting joint research and development with numerous companies, they are also engaged in art activities as ALTERNATIVE MACHINE: Snow Crash (WHITEHOUSE 2022), The Process in Question/The Bridge of Reversible Destiny-2022 VR version (International Art Festival "Aichi 2022"), The View from Nowhere (ICC 2022), etc.

Website: https://alternativemachine.co.jp/
Sony Park Mini
B1 Nishi-Ginza Parking, 5-3-1 Chisaki, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 (Google Maps / Video access guide)

[Opening Hours / Duration]
11:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m. / Tue., May 2 — Tue., May 30, 2023
*This program has ended.

[Admission Fee]

  • Sony Park Mini is a tiny space of around 30m². You are asked to note that a limit will be placed on the number of people allowed to enter the space at any one time.
  • Any changes to the program will be announced on Sony Park’s official social media account.

[Measures to prevent infection]
Measures will be implemented to prevent the spread of infections at Sony Park Mini.
  • Alcohol disinfectant will be available.
  • Reinforce disinfection and ventilation.
  • Staff will check their temperatures before coming to work, and regularly gargle their mouths, as well as wash and disinfect their hands.
[Exhibit] Group+Alternative Machine
[Venue design] Group+Alternative Machine+NI-WA
[Furniture production] Kiu Futniture+Group
[Editing] Sogo Hiraiwa
[Graphic] Shun Ishizuka
[Photo] Hideki Umezawa