This catalogue is published to accompany the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003. The endeavor of the Triennial was to create an opportunity for regional independence, in the form of an art festival with artists' involvement.

The works of art for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial explore a new possibility of art. The process of creating works of art on other people's properties are involved where various conflicts are caused and emerged into a new energy.

Four exhibitions were held in conjunction with the Triennial, namely 'Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art', 'Culture on Cloth: Arctic Inuit Art', 'The Breath of the Earth: Joman flame-shaped vessels in Tokamachi' and 'Akiyama-go'. In addition to local festivities, there were many other events such as the Echigo-Tsumari Art Symposium, Global Environmental Seminar, sport games, music/film/dance performance, theatre and concert.

With media's views on the Triennial, documentation of the preparatory process and artist biographies.

Other participating artists include: Jean-Michel Alberola, Maria Thereza Alvez, Ghada Amer, Stephen Antonakos, N.A.R.A.Expedition, Robyn Backen, Stefan Banz, Christiaan Bastiaans & Nan Hoover, Jonathan Bepler, Lauren Berkowitz, Christian Boltanski & Jean Kalman, Jean-Francois Brun, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Architect Office Casagrande&Rintala, Didier Courbot, Linda Covit, Sue Gallagher, Anne Graham, Jose de Guimaraes, Nigel Helyer, Jenny Holzer, Peter Hutchinson, Fabrice Hybert, Magdalena Jetelova, Sabine Kammerl, John Kormeling, Janet Laurence, Claude Leveque, Loredana Longo, Juha Maki-Jussila, Josep Maria Martin, MVRDV, Nikos Navridis, Hermann Maier Neustadt, Carsten Nicolai, C.M.Judge, Peripherique, R&Sie sarl d'Architecture, Tobias Rehberger, Pedro Reyes, Sophie Ristelhueber, Jorge Ismail Rodriguez, Lluis Sans, Andreas Sitorengo, Kiki Smith, Mike Stubbs, Alite Thijsen, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Maaria Wirkkala, Paul Wolterink, Sonja Wyss
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Portents of a Restoration in the Arts - Yusuke NAKAHARA, 中原佑介
Human Time, That is Human Land - Fram KITAGAWA, 北川フラム
Revitalising The Local Life, Or How Art Becomes Life Itself - HOU Hanru, 侯瀚如
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003
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Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003