Part of the Oasis body of work, Nest explores the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori or 'shut-in syndrome'. After experiencing a social trauma, hikikomori confine themselves to their bedrooms for days, months and in extreme cases, years on end, existing on a diet of anime, manga, gemu (video games), online chats and forums. Over one million hikikomori exist in Japan, with at least that number of family members supporting, feeding and clothing their reclusive (and typically male) child.
Nest references both the cocoon-like bedrooms of hikikomori and the Shinto myth of Amaterasu, the sun goddess, who plunged the world into darkness after retreating into a cave. Nest, features renowned Japanese butoh performer Yumi Umiumare who re-imagines a 21st century Amaterasu.
Director/concept: Eugenia Lim
Performer: Yumi Umiumare
Sound design: Dan West
Camera: Eugenia Lim, Alice Glenn, Paul Philipson
Lighting: Paul Philipson
Costume: Kat Chan
Art direction: Eugenia Lim
Shot at Schoolhouse Studios, Abbotsford 2011.
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