Documentation of Shibuya: Underground Streams, Tokyo

This page is the documentation of how the Shibuya: Underground Stream project unfolded in Tokyo earlier this year. You can also read Ping Magazine’s report of the events in English or Japanese.

The Set Up
Keitai Mizu
Hidden River
Tetrapak Lanterns
Shibuyagawa Ekimae
Shibuya River Walk
Collaborative Sound Performance
Natural Disaster and Climate Change
Dance for the Shibuya River
Simon Perry’s Lost Fisherman

The Set Up

Once, a river flowed through Shibuya. Through urban development, the river was forced underground. The Shibuya: Underground streams project will work to rediscover that river, and to trace its path and its history.

A shipping container to house the art was set up in central Shibuya.

Then it was time for the official opening ceremony and related fun times.

The first major event was Keitai Mizu.

This part of the Shibuya: Underground Streams was a treasure hunt for art that invited audience to ‘capture’ art on their mobile phones.

Here are some of the pieces ‘collected’ by the art hunters.

See a video of the audience reaction to the Keitai Mizu Project.

Meanwhile, the word began to spread about Shibuya: Underground Streams on the Streets of Tokyo . . . .

The next event was Hidden River, a collaborative work between Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis and Christophe Charles. This piece was projected on the shipping container in Jingu dori park.

See footage of the event.

In the Tetrapak Lantern Workshop, lanterns were made out of old milk cartons. These were then lit at dusk, reinventing the Japanese custom of floating lanterns on the river to send of the spirits of the dead, this time on the path of the hidden, underground Shibuya river.

Dominic Redfern completed a work, “Shibuyagawa Ekimae”, which tracks the path of the Shibuya River, above and below ground. Watch this now.

The Shibuyagawa Renaissance also conducted a walk along the course of the Shibuya River.

Philip Samartzis, Christophe Charles, JOU and students from MUSABI University performed a sound piece in Jingu dori park.

A symposium on Natural Disaster and Climate Change was then held in the shipping container and in the Jingu dori park.

This included dances dedicated to the Shibuya River.

Meanwhile, artist Simon Perry roamed the streets of Tokyo, posing as lost fly fisherman in search of the missing Shibuya River.

This page is also available in Japanese.