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COMPETITION & Exhibition
For the first composite art festival "Kobe Biennale 2007" in Kobe, we invite art works in various fields including "Art in a Container" competition, modern ceramic art, and photography widely from the public. The goals are the exposing and the promotion of the excellent artists through these competitions.


"Art in a Container" Competition
" Art in a Container" competition is the main event of the Kobe Biennale, presented inside a dry freight container as an exhibition space (40-foot dry container measuring 12 meters in length (depth) × 2.4 meters in width × 2.5 meters in height). These freight containers are transported to and from Kobe, and are integrally connected with the City of Kobe, and express the power and the possibility of art condensed in a limited space in the container by the artist's free conception. During the first selection phase, 45 prize-winning works were chosen based on the documents, the models (1/20 size of the actual container), and the DVDs from all 356 entries.

The second selection phase: Wednesday, October 3: Grand Prize and Special Prize will be chosen from these 45 semi-finalists.

45 prize-winning works from the first selection phase (March 23, 2007)

Robot Media Art Competition
This technology involves sensing, information processing and machine control is considered “robotic” regardless of its form, but it still requires more development for smooth human communication. How should we interact with evolving technologies which involve movement, sound, and image?
We invite the new art that utilized robot technology as a media.
Application period: Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31, 2007 Items must arrive within those dates.
(1)The first selection phase: In early September, 2007. Prize-winning works and winning works will be chosen based on the documents, and DVDs/CDs.
(2)The second selection phase: Saturday, November 3, 2007 Grand Prize, Special Prizes will be chosen from the prize-winning works after the open examination with demonstration of the actual objects.

Robot Media Art Competition Participating Application

Universal Design (UD) Poster Competition
The approach to universal design (hereinafter UD) is positively facilitated from the one-making to the city planning in various fields. We invite posters for the Kobe Biennale 2007, which fits the cosmopolitan city, Kobe, and is a plain and comprehensible universal design for encounters.

Application period: Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17, 2007 Items must arrive within those dates.
Examination: In early September, 2007

Universal Design (UD) Poster Competition Participating Application

Street Performance Competition (the second recruitment)
From various parts of the country, street performers (As body expression arts, the performances which can be widely enjoyed in public such as juggling and pantomime) are gathered and the Street Performance Competition is held. During the session, the citizens’ judging panels and those attending the event grade the numerous street performances and choose prizes at the main venue, Meriken Park.

Final Examination (October 6 to 8, 2007): Grand Prize, Audience Prize, and prize-winning works will be chosen by the vote of citizens’ judging panels and those attending the event.

Modern Ceramic Art Competition
Regardless of tradition and forerunners, we invite the freely created ceramic works. The size of works should be 90 cubic centimeters or less, and weigh 60kg or less.
Application period (Scheduled): Wednesday, June 20 to Friday, August 10, 2007 (postmark effective)
(1)The first selection phase (in the middle of September, 2007): About 100 exhibition works will be chosen.
(2)The second selection phase (in early November, 2007): Grand Prize, Semi-Grand Prize, and Jury's Special Prize will be chosen.
(Modern Ceramic Art works will be exhibited from Wednesday, October 24 to Monday, November 5.)

Artistic Photo Competition
We invite the artistic photos with novel conception and techniques.
The size of works should be 80cm × 80cm or less including the frame and the panel.
- (During the first selection phase, the application works should be printed in cabinet size or 2L size when submitted.)
Application period: Monday, August 20 to Friday, September 7, 2007 Items must arrive within those dates.
The first selection phase: 100 winning works will be chosen.
The second selection phase: Grand Prize, Silver Prize, Copper Prize, and Excellent Prize will be chosen.
The works will be exhibited from Wednesday, November 7 to Wednesday, November 14.

"Floating Object" Art Competition
The floating space of the art objects are set up in the arcade in Sannomiya Center-gai and the Motomachi shopping street to lead to the Biennale main venue and brighten up the town. To create the arcade as a gallery, it provides the space where we can enjoy the arts, as if window shopping.

(1)Applicant registration period: Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 29, 2007 The postmark on 29th is acceptable.
(2)Examination fee transfer period: Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 29, 2007
(3)Work plan application period: Wednesday, July 11 to Friday, July 13, 2007


Able−art(art created by people with disabilities) “Friends”
In a postcard, draw “Your Nice Face” or “image expressed as Your Face”.
“You” in the postcard will attend to Kobe Biennale. Transport containers of the exhibition space will see friends in all around the world gathering and making new encounter through art with various national cultures.

Entry Invitation to"Able-art"


Office of the Organizing Committee for Kobe Biennale
6-5-1, Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-City, 650-8570
International Affairs, Culture and Tourism Bureau, City of Kobe
Tel: +81-78-322-6598 Fax: +81-78-322-6136

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