Tomoko Sato
“Index for a Ghost Tokyo: Introduction”

  • Lecture Performance
  • Online participation
© Masahiro Hasunuma
The city center’s vicissitudes intersect in Tomoko Sato’s lecture performance, representing the beginnings of years-long research to trace the city.

Tomoko Sato is an artist reorganizing vast amounts of research on land and history into new narratives, and pioneering techniques of reimagining their telling in lecture performances. Confluences of multiple (hi)stories, her lectures act as the materialization of potential alternative fictions via the artist’s voice and body.
For Index for a Ghost Tokyo: Introduction, Sato was commissioned by Theater Commons Tokyo to develop her research on the Minato ward area. Tokyo’s city center, Minato ward remains at the front stage of Japan’s modern history, with redevelopments drastically changing its landscape even today. To confront this excess, Sato will use Taro Okamoto’s 1957 urban treatise Ghost Tokyo as a starting point, tracing her research outcomes over the next several years on her own body. How will the resulting lecture performance invite in the vicissitudes of this region, and what kind of story will be told anew?


Tomoko Sato
Born in Nagano in 1990. Lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan. Received her M.F.A. in Film and New Media from Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts. Sato expresses with “narrative,” mainly in her lecture-performance which is her main activity.
Her recent works include “The Reversed Song, A Lecture on ‘Shiro-Kitsune (The White Fox)’” (2018), “Centaurus on Route 103” (as solo exhibition in Gallery Saitou Fine arts, Kanagawa, 2018), “Museum” (as solo exhibition “MINE EXPOSURE” in BITONG POINT, Akita, 2019), “The Debris and Tower” and “The Double Tsuburaya” (as part of “New Tokyo Excursion Project” by Port B, 2018-2019).


March 9th [Tue] / 18:00
March 10th [Wed] / 18:00

Performance times

approx. 70 min.


Libra Hall
1F Minato Park Shibaura, 1-16-1 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023

How to Participate

In-person participation | Booking essential. Show general admission pass on entry.
Online participation | Please access the event via the link sent upon your reservation.

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Concept and Direction | Tomoko Sato
Venue Support | Minato City
Production | Theater Commons Tokyo