Aleksandra Mir

Naming Tokyo

PARIS—Naming Tokyo I, 'GNS: Global Navigation System', Palais de Tokyo, June 2003

NEW YORKNaming Tokyo II, Swiss Institute, Nov 2003

PHILADELPHIA—Naming Tokyo III, Institute of Contemporary Art, Jan 2004

The idea is based on the fact that Westerners often complain that Tokyo has no street names and that you can’t find your way around without a guide who innately knows the logic of his own city. I always thought that was such a superb form of local resistance - no key! So I felt it would be interesting to start naming the streets of Tokyo with names from Western culture and society, to help us around...

Aleksandra Mir, Naming Tokyo, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2003