SCARTS×SIAF Lab. Exhibition for Winter 2023Snow, and any things around it

Sat. 4 - Tue. 14 February, 2023
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed on Wed. 8 February
Admission Free
Venues: SCARTS Court、SCARTS Mall A/B/C(Sapporo Community Plaza 1-2 floor)

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Sapporo Cultural Arts Community Center SCARTS and SIAF Lab, which conducts experimental activities under the Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF), have been working together since 2018 to discover new winter attractions and creativity through media art, with a focus on R&D (Research and Development).

For the fifth winter exhibition, we will present a hands-on, experiential installation based on data from snowplows and snow deposition sites operating in Sapporo, as well as the harsh natural phenomenon of snowstorms.

The exhibition will also introduce the activities of the S.I.D.E. project, which aims to realize in Hokkaido an unfinished plan conceived almost half a century ago to “turn an entire isolated island into an instrument.” As well as examples of advanced research and development by companies in northern Japan.

In addition, workshops in collaboration with Hokkaido University CoSTEP and live performances will be held. “Snow-related Etcetera” will be presented at each SCARTS venue.


Plan and Develop: SCARTS x SIAF Lab.


Gallery Tour

Get involved! Members of the planning and production team will present the exhibition.
Advance reservations are not required. Free of charge.
Participants should gather in front of the SCARTS A/B before the tour.

Art & Science Workshop

Hands-on! SCARTS and CoSTEP are conducting a two-day workshop. Experience the world around you through field recordings.

  • Workshop Lecturer: Yoichi Kamimura (Artist)
  • Target ages: 13 -18 years old
  • Capacity: about 15 people (First come first served basis.)
  • Venue: SCARTS Studio (Sapporo Community Plaza 2nd floor)
  • Admission: Free
  • Support: Sapporo City Board of Education
  • Application form
Yoichi Kamimura (Artist)

Born 1982. Has been exploring ways of perceiving environments through the senses of vision and hearing, and producing/exhibiting works in and outside Japan including installations, sound performances and CDs that are mainly based around material collected by way of field recording. Considering the practice of field recording as a form of “meditative hunting,” he continues to address through it the ambiguous relationship between man and nature.

Live Performance

Feel it! A musical event with artists using field recordings to compose music.

  • Performer:Yoichi Kamimura (Artist), YOSI HORIKAWA (Sound Creator), Kuniyuki Takahashi (Sound Designer, Producer, DJ)
  • Venue: SCARTS Court
  • Capacity: about 50 people (First come first served basis.)
  • Admission: Free
  • Application form

He is a sound creator who records and edits environmental and everyday sounds to create music. 2012's EP “Wandering”, 2013's first album “Vapor” and 2019's sophomore album “Spaces” each received Best Album of the year awards from Time Out, The Japan Times, The Guardian and many others. His albums have been awarded Best Album of the year by Time Out, The Japan Times, The Guardian, etc. He has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Sónar Barcelona, Dimensions Festival, Ozora Festival, Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, and many other international festivals. He has performed at numerous major international festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Sónar Barcelona, Dimensions Festival, Ozora Festival, Worldwide Festival organized by Gilles Peterson, BOILER ROOM London, a live streaming channel from England, and the legendary LOW END THEORY event in Los Angeles, among others. In addition, he has been involved in space and sound design for the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) and other commercial facilities.

Kuniyuki Takahashi
Kuniyuki Takahashi

Based in Sapporo, Japan. His unique musical sense can be described as borderless, and he has been highly praised by producers and DJs from all over the world. He released “Precious Hall,” a tribute song for the clubs in his hometown of Sapporo, through Natural Resource (organized by Joe Claussell), took part in the compilation of 4Hero Dego’s 2000Black, remixed “Cascades of Colour” by Ananda Project, and also released the single “Earth Beats” from Mule Musiq, gaining the passionate support of numerous DJs. He has actively collaborated with international artists such as DJ Nature and Mr Raoul K, also remixing domestic artists such as the Amami Shima Uta folksong singer Asazaki Ikue as well as MAREWREW, who sing traditional Ainu songs, and Mouse On The Keys. In recent years, he has performed not only in Japan but abroad, as well, in Europe, South Africa and elsewhere, where his particular live style has featured a powerful combination of improvisation and dance music.

Pickup Books

*Closed on Wed. 8 February

Learn more! Books related to the exhibition will be on display.


The destination of snow

SCARTS and SIAF Lab are introducing snow and winter-related research and development as part of their continuous effort to discover creativity unique to Sapporo and northern Japan. We will exhibit a video that looks back at last year's heavy snowfall. The video is based on the location information of approximately 700 GPS-equipped snowplows operating in Sapporo. We will also present approximately 70,000 fixed-point observation photos that record the passage of time through the snow dumping sites, which can be freely controlled.
We will also introduce a new experiment that attempts to capture the “wind” with the naked eye by means of a “laser beam” and a “blizzard”, one of the most severe snow-related natural phenomena.


A snowy city seen through the GPS data of snowplows


The City of Sapporo's Snow Management Office is promoting automated daily vehicle operation reports by installing GPS loggers on snowplows to reduce the documentation workload of snow removal workers. The series began in 2018 as an experiment to visualize Sapporo in winter through the location logs of snowplows with GPS. Snow removal is a crucial urban function in Sapporo, but because it is generally carried out during the night, we do not know the scale of snow removal work citywide.
This time, we will focus on the four periods of heavy snowfall last season and observe fluctuations in the amount of operation of approximately 700 snowplows. With close observation, formations of snowplows moving back and forth along main roads may reveal themselves. Perhaps different varieties of snowplow could be distinguished by their movements.
Exhibited alongside the video will be a document entitled “Heavy Snowfall and Snow Damage in the Sapporo Metropolitan Area during 2021–2022 Winter (Part 3)”. This article appeared in No. 41 (2022) of “Seppyo (Snow and Ice)”, a journal published six times a year by the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice, since 1939. The video shows a sped-up visualization of the location of snowplows during the period covered by this article. Although the article states that it could not be concluded whether the four snow storms of last season were caused by climate change, Sapporo's snow storms, which were governed by wind direction, were among the most likely to occur in a changing climate.

Reference: “Annual Report on Snow and Ice Studies in Hokkaido” No.41, p13-16(2022)
Cooperation: Sapporo City Snow Management Office

Time Lapse of Snow Dump Site ( interactive version )


Snow that cannot be piled up on the roadside is loaded into dump trucks to be taken to snow dumping sites. The video exhibition allows viewers to manipulate time as they observe the generally inaccessible inner workings of a snow dumping site.
A snow dumping site in the Fukui area, where snow is dropped from higher ground to fill the valley, was photographed once every three minutes, 24 hours a day, for 194 days between December 14, 2021 and June 25, 2022. This culminated in approximately 70,000 images (*1). The total planned delivery volume for all snow dumping sites set up by the City of Sapporo amounts to approximately 19 million cubic meters per year (equivalent to approximately 1.35 million 10-ton dump trucks). At first glance, the eye tends to focus on the dynamic movements of heavy equipment, however, the safe and efficient snow accumulation process is not only systematic, but also carefully planned and refined, based on an understanding of the characteristics of the snow and the terrain.

(*1) Total number of images acquired. There may be cases where an image could not be acquired for some reason.
Cooperation: Hokuyo Kogyo Co., Ltd, and Hokkaido Road Maintenance Co., Ltd., and Sano Specific Joint Venture

Visualizing the wind with a blizzard and a laser


Every winter, social media posts proclaiming that “blizzards in Hokkaido are incomparably more severe than those in Honshu” go viral, along with photos of blizzards taken by Hokkaido residents. Whiteouts, in which the wind blowing snow from the ground obstructs visibility, are common in Hokkaido, where caution is necessary due to the low temperatures. While driving in these conditions requires special caution, the movement of snowflakes floating in the headlights, and changing in complex ways as if alive, can be fascinating to behold.
In whiteout conditions, it is impossible to follow individual snowflakes with the naked eye because the snow obstructs visibility. However it may be possible to see the movement of snow (wind) by shining a laser beam to illuminate only the snowflakes in a small area. Such an idea led to the start of this experiment.
For this exhibition, members drove through the night, chasing blizzards, and compiling documentary footage of their trial-and-error experiments with laser direction and filming methods, while simultaneously exploring the possibility of new visual expressions using blizzard motifs, laser beams for stage direction and the like. The film was shot on four occasions, including on January 25 of this year, when a major cold snap hit Hokkaido.

The S.I.D.E. Project (*1) introduced at SCARTS Mall C aims to implement “IEIE”, in which “wind” is a major component of each element of the work. This experiment, which refocuses on natural phenomena unique to Hokkaido, is one of the byproducts of S.I.D.E., which operates under the theme of “side effects”.

(*1) S.I.D.E. is a platform for a new era of research and development by SIAF Labs in collaboration with Hokkaido University CoSTEP and SCARTS.
In preparation for the Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) 2024, curatorial researcher, Hiroko Myokam, and artistic researcher, You Nakai, have been invited to work on “Side Effects 2022-2024”.
(*2) “Island Eye Island Ear” is an unfinished concert project which would transform an entire isolated island into a musical instrument. It was conceived in the mid-1970s by musician, David Tudor and has been undertaken by artists, Fujiko Nakaya, Jaqueline Matisse Monnier, and E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology).

Direction: Kei Komachiya, Norimichi Hirakawa (SIAF Lab)
Shooting: Kei Komachiya, Norimichi Hirakawa, Katsuya Ishida (SIAF Lab)
Laser design: Kei Komachiya (SIAF Lab)
Programming: Norimichi Hirakawa (SIAF Lab)
Technical support: Takuro Iwata (SCARTS)

Side Effects 2022–2024IEIE, Reflected: Phase2


Startup in snowy region

Making useful time in northern country / GoNOW by ZEROSPEC




As an entrance to the exhibition, the exhibition introduces each venue and the project of SCARTS and SIAF Labs.



Screening of video interviews with the production team.

  • Direction: Takuro Iwata (SCARTS Technical Director) , Ryuji Murakawa (SCARTS Technical Staff)
  • Programming: Yasushi Shimizu (Sapporo City University)
  • Shooting: Hiroki Yamada (SCARTS Technical Staff)
  • Editing: Riko Hirato (SCARTS Technical Staff)

Plan and Development


Established in 2015 as an aggregate of various projects under the fledgling Sapporo International Art Festival, it has continued to operate as an open and experimental platform that transcends genre boundaries through repeated trial and error. We have established three pillars: research and development to explore the creativity unique to the northern city of Sapporo; art projects that produce, exhibit, and perform works from the perspective of artists; and the discovery and cultivation of human resources and human networks. The center organically links these three pillars and implements a variety of programs. The theme of the Sapporo International Art Festival and a characteristic of Sapporo is “City and Nature”. The festival aims to foster culture and art unique to Sapporo by reconsidering not only the nature and relationship of these two elements, but also the activities that take place in them, in a variety of contemporary contexts that go beyond internationalization and informatization, ultimately reconnecting them with the local places, people, and events in Sapporo.


CoSTEP(Communication in Science & Technology Education & Research Program)in Hokkaido University, Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education, Center for Open Education, is an organization for education, practice, and research in science communication.
CoSTEP will organically link education, research, and practice of science communication, collaborate with institutions inside and outside the university, and produce people who are active in science communication.

札幌文化芸術交流センター SCARTS

SCARTS is an art center in the center of Sapporo, opened in 2018. Together with Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater hitaru and Sapporo Municipal Library and Information Center, it constitutes Sapporo Community Plaza and is the center of culture and art in Sapporo. In order to support the creative activities of citizens and to support and nurture culture and art in Sapporo, SCARTS has established three missions: “to open up new possibilities for expression,” “to create encounters with art open to all people,” and “to support the creativity of each individual.”

Exhibition Cooperation


People from Sapporo and other areas throughout Hokkaido, who want to create a better and more interesting world through tech, entertainment, and creativity, gather at NoMaps, which is a major framework for generating new value. NoMaps is the base camp for those working towards the next society and the future generation through new tech and ideas. It is also a complex festival, where new experiential value is provided by multitudes of content that is simultaneously deployed throughout the city for the public to share in the excitement of progress


Founded in 2015, this Sapporo start-up strives towards “providing new value to the future from data.” They deal primarily with the development and sales of the Smart Oil Sensor, an IoT device that detects remaining kerosene, and GoNOW, an automatic order and delivery management SaaS system for kerosene distributors.

Contact for Inquiries

Sapporo Cultural Arts Community Center SCARTS
Sapporo Community Plaza 1-2F, Kita 1 Nishi 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
TEL:011-271-1955(Weekdays 9:00am-5:00pm, excluding closed days)

Sapporo Community Plaza, Kita 1 Nishi 1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
About 2 minutes walk from Odori Station Exit 30, directly connected from Nishi 2-chome underground passage.

Sapporo Cultural Arts Community Center SCARTS (Sapporo Cultural Arts Foundation), Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee, City of Sapporo, CoSTEP, Hokkaido University
Snow Management Office, Sapporo Municipal Library and Information Center, NoMaps Executive Committee, ZEROSPEC, Inc.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2022