Originally started to boost the economies of a cluster of depopulated islands in the Seto Island Sea, the third Setouchi Triennale is now on. With new works commissioned during in the intervening years, this contemporary art festival’s increasing popularity even prompted the organisers to extend festival dates for longer than in previous years. If island hopping and site-specific art arouses your curiosity, Setouchi has plenty to explore. Here are some of our highlights:
Minouk Lim, 'Lighthouse Keeper' Ogijima

Minouk Lim, ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ Ogijima. Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Minouk Lim, 'Lighthouse Keeper' Ogijima

Minouk Lim, ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ (detail). Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↑ Jellyfish-like lenses bubble up beneath a circular mirror and a disco ball in Minouk Lim’s ‘Lighthouse Keeper’.
Yayoi Kusama, ‘Red Pumpkin’ Naoshima

Yayoi Kusama, ‘Red Pumpkin’ Naoshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↑ Yayoi Kusama’s polka dots decorate and perforate a jumbo pumpkin on a pier.
Sou Fujimoto, 'Naoshima Pavillion' (2016?)

Sou Fujimoto, ‘Naoshima Pavillion’ (detail). Naoshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Sou Fujimoto’s recent addition to Miyanoura provides a pale, angular structure through which to view the harbour.
Sou Fujimoto, 'Naoshima Pavillion' (2016?)

Sou Fujimoto, ‘Naoshima Pavillion’. Naoshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↓ Working in situ on the island of Ogijima, Makoto Aida produces dozens of lunchbox paintings at once. Splodgy and scatological, the artist disguises foam as paint in disposable bento boxes.
Makoto Aida, at The Group 1965 site on Ogijima

Makoto Aida, ‘Lunchbox Paintings’ at The Group 1965 site on Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Makoto Aida, at The Group 1965 site on Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Makoto Aida, ‘Lunchbox Paintings’ at The Group 1965 site on Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↓ Made from porcelain, painted by hand and suspended by wire, Haruki Takahashi’s ‘Sea Vine’ threads its way through the room of an empty house on the island of Ogijima.
Haruki Takahashi, 'Sea Vine' Ogijima

Haruki Takahashi, ‘Sea Vine’ Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Haruki Takahashi, 'Sea Vine' Ogijima

Haruki Takahashi, ‘Sea Vine’ (detail) Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Haruki Takahashi, 'Sea Vine' Ogijima

Haruki Takahashi, ‘Sea Vine’ (detail) Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Haruki Takahashi, 'Sea Vine' Ogijima

Haruki Takahashi, ‘Sea Vine’ Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↓ Based on naval camouflage patterns that were used to optically distort the appearance of ships before the invention of radar, Tobias Rehberger’s work fills the interior of a cafe with bold, geometric designs.
Tobias Rehberger, 'Was du liebst, bring dich auch zum weinen' Teshima

Tobias Rehberger, ‘Was du liebst, bring dich auch zum weinen’ Teshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Tobias Rehberger, 'Was du liebst, bring dich auch zum weinen' Teshima

Tobias Rehberger, ‘Was du liebst, bring dich auch zum weinen’ (detail) Teshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↓ The entrance hall to Teshima Yokoo House offers a view of the garden through red glass.
Tadanori Yokoo, Teshima Yokoo House

Tadanori Yokoo, Teshima Yokoo House on Teshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↓ An immersive, panoramic marker pen drawing, ‘Oiwa Island 2’ depicts the surrounding Setouchi landscape. Occupying a dome with a radius of approximately six meters, Oiwa’s huge work is situated in a former warehouse on Shodoshima.
Oscar Oiwa, 'Oiwa Island 2' Shodoshima

Oscar Oiwa, ‘Oiwa Island 2’ Shodoshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Oscar Oiwa, 'Oiwa Island 2' Shodoshima

Oscar Oiwa, ‘Oiwa Island 2’ (detail) Shodoshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

↓ Lin Tianmiao’s installations place obsolete items on rotating frames among vintage interiors.
Lin Tianmiao, 'Rotation-Revolution' Ogijima

Lin Tianmiao, ‘Rotation-Revolution’ Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Lin Tianmiao, 'Rotation-Revolution' Ogijima 2

Lin Tianmiao, ‘Rotation-Revolution’ (detail) Ogijima, Setouchi Triennale 2016. Photo: Nick West

Mariko Mori, 'Tom Na H-iu' Teshima

Mariko Mori, ‘Tom Na H-iu’ Teshima, Setouchi Triennale 2016.

↑ Connected to Kamioka Observatory, ‘Tom Na H-iu’ responds to the events of a prehistoric sky. Every time a supernova explodes, signalling the death of a star, light emanates from the sculpture to signify the cycle of life, death and rebirth. In this work, the artist combines the mysteries of ancient monoliths with the answers of contemporary technology.
Also on Teshima is matrix-teshima-art-museum
For further festival information: http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/
© Nick West 2016