THE PLAY is an artist collective that has brought together more than 100 members since its formation in the Kansai region of Japan in 1967. Members of THE PLAY are keen on devising and staging collective action whose outcomes are not predetermined. Together they create possibilities for events to take place, without ever worrying about the way things may turn out. Underpinning their collective effort is an implicit rejection of the notion that a work of art is an object with a purpose; for them, what matter most are lived experiences and real-life exchanges. Their staged actions are universal and often based on the idea of travel, of voyage. The execution processes are documented in preparatory plans, posters, photographs, and videos.
THE PLAY’s most recent solo exhibition is THE PLAY since 1967: beyond unknown currents at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2016). Their group exhibitions include the 57th Venice Biennale.