Press Release

Special Exhibition for NSK 90th anniversary; the “Smooth Sailing for BEARING” NSK Bearing Art Exhibition

Tokyo, Japan, November 9, 2006 - NSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Seiichi Asaka) will hold an art exhibition entitled “Smooth Sailing for BEARING – NSK Bearing Art Exhibition” at the Spiral Garden in Aoyama, Tokyo. The event is being organized to celebrate the company's 90th anniversary and aims to make bearings more widely understood to visitors.

The “Smooth Sailing” exhibition is an art exhibition themed on products and technologies offered by NSK, such as bearings, which are usually concealed within domestic electrical appliances and industrial equipment. As bearings are usually hidden from view with little sense of presence, the exhibition aims to give a real and fun feel of what bearings actually are, through incorporating them into works of art with light, color and audio, giving visitors the opportunity to seek them out and discover them for themselves.

In addition, as part of the Rendez-vous Project that brings together art and technology, and is promoted by Wacoal Art Center (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; Representative: Yutaka Kitamura), also on exhibit are works of art created jointly by 16 groups of artists and NSK engineers. These artists active in genres such as interactive media arts, fashion and music and created the works with the concepts of breaking stereotypes and rediscovering technology in mind.

Acting as the general producer of the exhibition is Japan's leading authority in universal design, the director of Universal Design Intelligence, Inc., Manabu Akaike. The exhibition offers a fusion of high-precision bearing technology and artists' inspiration, rendering new technological possibilities.

Event Overview
Name “Smooth Sailing for BEARING” NSK Bearing Art Exhibition
Venue Spiral Garden (SPIRAL 1F)
Location 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
(Venue enquiries: +81-3-3498-1171)
Dates and Times 11:00 – 20:00, Wednesday, November 22 – Sunday, November 26, 2006
(On November 22 only exhibition closes at 18:00)
Entrance fee Free of charge
Organizer NSK
Profile of Manabu Akaike

President of Universal Design Intelligence, Inc.
Science and technology journalist

Born in Tokyo in 1958. Graduated from College of Biological Sciences, Second Cluster of Colleges, University of Tsukuba in 1980. Engages in product development and regional development based on universal design. Positively advocates bioregionalism and millennial sustainability and also participates in local government projects, industry creation projects in China, in the running of local industry creation projects based on industrial technology, personnel and local resources, and in building a database of local resources in the environmental technology field. As well as coordinating international symposiums, coordinates seminars and symposiums organized by municipalities and companies, gives speeches and writes and critiques in the fields of production technology and scientific philosophy.

Participating Artists and Exhibits
Name of Exhibit Participating Artist
Bearing Sea Katsuhiko Hibino
Bearing Glockenspiel Kohske Kawase
Jellyfish-Bearings Yuki Sugihara
“Could be Alive, Could be Dead”
“Cowardly Man”
Sako Kojima
“Bearings in the Air” Yasuhiro Suzuki
“Bearings Kaleidoscope” In Design
“BEARMS!” Yoshihiko Sato
“Ballet” CLIP
“Bearings Theme Park” Hiroko Shimizu
“White Bearings” Naoki Matsuda
“Smooth Implantation Risa Sato
“Small Spinning Land” AGOSTO creation studio
“Polaris” h.o
“PixCell_Track #1,2”
“Untitled 1,2”
Kohei Nawa
“HUMAN bearing”
“bearing Gal”
Kosuku Tsumura
“Discovered! Bearings Comics (tentative)” ShiriagariKotobuki