100 years from now, when the work currently in the making process becomes an antique, will it be able to tell the story of its time? Today, craftspeople seem to be on an island, separated from society. Society is changing and progressing, and craftspeople are still bound by tradition. It is time to correct this distortion. For that reason, we doubt all common sense here, strive to go far beyond the conventional boundaries of traditional craft. Use of materials and tools created by new technologies, the physical support of hardworking craftspeople, concepts and forms of distribution that did not exist in the previous century, also a way of interacting with the global environment, which is of paramount importance to craftspeople who work in close relationship with nature. With combination of a highly developed social perspective and the unrivalled craftsmanship of our artisans, like sport, which has evolved and developed with the times, I believe that this combination will bring craft to the next level. Let's start building the future of craft here, 100 years from now. KOGEI Next is a movement to realize the next form of craft that has a new value, not just a product, created through works and activities, involvement with the natural environment and social issues by connecting craftspeople and modern society, which has been less involved in the past.
Art Fair Tokyo 2022