Highlights from Sapporo International Art Festival 2017
By Emily Wakeling
Under the directorship of musician Yoshihide Otomo, this year’s Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) 2017 is an art event with a heavy emphasis on the role of sound in contemporary Japanese art. Active across pop, jazz and experimental music genres, Otomo is also a high-profile composer for film and TV music scores. Since 2011, he has been focusing on unique public participatory projects, such as his concert series “Project Fukushima!” In 30 years of creative practice, he has been heavily interested in communal collaboration.