stage 17: newspaper people in hiroshima86 (performance)

8.6.2014

newspaper people in hiroshima86

♡ 日本語 ♡

8月6日の広島。アートが街中に溢れる日。この日の散歩は本通商店街から原爆ドーム前まで。4時間程かけて歩きました。

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♡ English ♡

August 6 is a special day for hiroshima. It is a day of remembrance and a day when the city is filled with art. For this stage, the newspaper people slowly strolled down Hondori Street to the A-bomb dome in four hours. While 86 is a day that carries a special meaning and is not any ordinary day, the city is filled with art on this day as a means of commemorating and, in a way, honoring the everyday life that now takes place in this city.

Performance concept: One of our first projects (“newspaper people in the city”) is a performance piece in which we insert foreign figures (dressed in elaborate newspaper dresses) moving almost in slow motion into the familiar city. First designed as a reaction to the fast-paced life of Tokyo, this performance was designed as a means to “break” the space and speed of everyday life in the metropolis. In the city, everything and everyone moves at a fast pace. For people in the city, engrossed in their smartphones or preoccupied with being on their way to their destinations, the city becomes merely a backdrop to their everyday routines and not necessarily a space that is experienced. By inserting these foreign figures (and performance) into this space at a radically different pace, we attempted to design a “soft” space where time stops and the rhythm of everyday life is broken. What we hope this reveals is the hidden beauty of everyday life and routine. All of our projects are based on this concept of inserting a “softscape” into the context of everyday life to celebrate the everyday, or all of our unbirthdays.

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