In the radio program ”Wrapped Words: Listening to Japan” the visual artist Malin Pettersson Öberg is exploring how Japanese artists have been affected by the 3.11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, followed by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Through interviews with Japanese cultural workers recorded during a trip to Japan in January and February 2014 – nearly three years after Fukushima – Pettersson Öberg investigates issues of identity, appropriation and cultural translations. She asks questions such as: How does the Swedish and Japanese identity relate to one another? Which are our preconceptions of the other culture? How does the various forms of exchanges between the cultures take place? The radio program was broadcasted on Tuesday 25th November 2014 from the art space Konsthall C in Hökarängen / southern Stockholm, through Stockholms Närradio (Stockholm Near Radio). It was part of the program series Centrifug Radio Populär, inititated by the artists and directors of the art space, Carina Gunnars and Anna Kindgren. For the program, Malin Pettersson Öberg has made a selection from the interviews with focus on the nuclear accident and its effects. How do the Japanese artists perceive that the 3.11 affected their lives and surrounding community? In an essayist sound collage, voices and encounters from Malin Pettersson Öberg’s journey are recounted with her own voice. The aim has been to understand more about a sensitive and complex issue, of which Pettersson Öberg is by no means an expert. She approaches the theme as an artist, personally and emotionally, as well as intellectually. The trip and radio program are parts of her artistic research project ”Borrowed Sceneries. Enquiries of Identity and Appropriation”, carried out with support from the Swedish Scholarship Foundation for Studies of Japanese Society, the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Iaspis / The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Royal Institute of Art, Konsthall C and the visual artist Hiroko Tsuchimoto.
Interviewees: Ryo Ueda, Tetsushi Tomita, Akio and Yuki Shimada, Tomomi and Kentaro Kaneuchi, Akira Hatsusegawa and Midori Tamate, Shin Sasaki, Hiroshi Egaitsu, Takehiro Tsuchimoto, Nobuko Ogawa and Noriko Karube, Jumpei Matsuda, Miyuki Inoue and Tomohiro Saito.
Music by: Japanese Communities in Hamakita/Hamamatsu, Japan, Ho Mei Fan & the Columbia Orchestra, Coco Rosie, Bo Hansson, Space Lady, Björk, Black Box Recorder, Khonnor, L’Altra, Django Reinhart, Junior Boys, Tiger Lou, Kahimi Karie, Tindersticks, Dead Can Dance, Metric, Efterklang, Seu Jorge, Billie Holiday and Bonnie Prince Billy.