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Perhaps Utopia
Wall painting, framed letters to the curator, pushcart.
May 2012

1 : I have been invited to make an exhibition in Germany about Japan.

2 : As I was interested by the concept of Utopia at that time, and also living in Japan, I made a proposal ; shipping the earthquake debris, such as concrete blocks, bent metal plates, broken cars, from Japan to Germany. I was curious about how a new country/a new Utopia could be raised from debris after a catastrophe.

3 : We couldn’t get enough budget, nor time to make it.

4 : I then proposed to get debris on site, in Frankfurt, because Germany has also its own scars and heavy past to carry on.

5 : Curator looked for the possibility for 6 months. She couldn’t find anybody to give us debris for the installation.

6 : I travelled to germany, walked around the entire city of Frankfurt with a wheel barrow, asked every single construction site and company where they were demolishing buildings to give us the debris. Even after explaining, they didn’t allow us to take the debris.

7 : I painted on the wall the virtual debris I would have gotten if I could.

8 : I have sent a hand written letter to the curator.

“Dear the Curator, Dear Gallerist, Dear Public

In my proposal, I have presented an installation using construction sites’ debris. I wanted to rebuild a post catastrophe like landscape in the gallery space to question “After an End, will be be able to make a better World, an Utopia?”
So, with the curator of this exhibitions, we have been seeking during six months a way to get debris in Frankfurt. It just ended up that construction companies and recycling centers refused to help us. I couldn’t make it.

The biggest reason is, in my sense, that Utopia can only be built from scratch.

I will then exhibit only the traces, the ghost of what I wanted to realize.

Thank you for your understanding.

Video and Photo documented project
2012

Berlin Mauer. I find interesting the creativity of Human-kind when pushed to its extreme situation : during the Cold war, population living in Berlin invented ways to cross through the suddenly raised wall that put them away from their beloved ones. Some of them made a tunnel under the city, others made a small zeppelin. What I find interesting is how people can be inventive to realize their dream, to change their current life. I wouldn’t call it Art, the first intention is different, but I find it horribly Human.

I went to Ostkreuz, the east-side of Berlin with a wheel barrow. I took handful of earth and Brought it to Westkreuz, the west-side of Berlin, going by subway.

震災直後、ドイツ・フランクフルト市で展覧会に招待されました。震災のイメージが強かったため、市街を歩き回り建築物解体時に発生する瓦礫などを集めインスタレーション作品を作ろうとオーガナイザーと話をしていました。破壊の後に瓦礫から人はどのように元へ戻ろうとするのか、という気持ちを表現したかったのです。1ヶ月滞在した末、瓦礫を貸してくれる解体業者がおらず、最終的にはオーガナイザーに手紙を書きました。事態を説明し、瓦礫を集め再利用し作品を作りたいものの実現できないのには理由があるのではないかと伝えました。もしかすると、再利用や、元へ戻ることではなく、人はゼロから作り生まれ変わるのではないか、と思ったのです。壁には瓦礫の後を描き、説明文を壁に貼るだけの展示になりましたが、自分にとって思い出深い作品です。