Akira Takayama Tokyo
Born in 1969. In 2002, he formed the theater company Port B in Tokyo, and since then has been producing installations, touring performances and social projects utilizing urban spaces as a way of engaging with cities and societies across the world. In recent years, collaboration with those from other fields including visual art, tourism, literature, architecture, urban researches, and education has seen the scope of his practice broadening further, and he has applied his theatrical thoughts and methodology to opening up new possibilities in a variety of fields. Major works include J Art Call Center (Nagoya), Our Songs – Sydney Kabuki Project (Sydney), McDonald’s Radio University (Frankfurt, Berlin, Tokyo, Kanazawa, Hong Kong), Wagner Project (Yokohama, Frankfurt, Oita), Heterotopia Project (Tokyo, Taipei, Athens, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Riga, Frankfurt / Bad Homburg), Happy Island (Tokyo, Munich), Referendum Project (Tokyo, Fukushima, Vienna, Berlin, Rotterdam etc.), The Complete Manual of Evacuation (Tokyo, Frankfurt) and Compartment City (Tokyo, Kyoto, Vienna). He has participated in major exhibitions, such as Yokohama Triennale (2014), Maison Hermès (2015, Tokyo), Roppongi Crossing (2016, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo), Sharjah Biennial (2017), Biennale of Sydney (2018), and Aichi Triennale (2019).