Witnesses is a part of Fukushima 1 (the room) and 2 .
This project is a diptych around the theme of the Fukushima disaster.
The two components are designed to be presented at the same time, in the same space, a few meters away from each other.
First part: "The Witnesses". Composed of three sections each measuring 190 X 22 X 15 cm.
Materials: Steel, wood, electronics and paper.
Behaviors: Lights and electro-acoustic sounds.
With the participation of Yukari Fujiwara for the translation and calligraphy.
Translation of the calligraphy:
1 - The child does not know what the father saw
Who cannot see what the child will experience.
They move forward, blind.
2 - The thunder was there,
Inside the silence and the ignorance.
3 - The future ebbs away from us like water
and the tears of Fukushima become an ocean.
"I discarded my anger. I only wanted to express empathy. And so I looked for a delicate medium, drawing inspiration from Ikebana, Sumi-e, and a precious childhood memory: the cybernetic sculptures of Peter Vogel. I had a lot to learn. It was quite a long process. Long enough that, out of everything I thought I wanted to say, three witnesses were structured by only thirty words."
The three "witnesses" are two-meter tall metal monoliths, modeled after kakemonos (vertical Japanese posters).
There is a very short text on each "witness" relating to the erosion of risk awareness and its consequences.
There is an electronic sculpture in front of each text, which is written in Japanese using calligraphy (on white boards). These three sculptures emit lights and sounds to form a chorus of asynchronous narrators. Random parasites, bangs and rumblings illustrate the text symbolically. The aesthetics of the circuits, composed of components welded together, graphically recall sumi-e.