the garden of love is an installation about the cycle of life.
Life is short and fleeting. Living in Japan, I often noticed the cemeteries (“ohaka”) in the middle of the city.
They are a “Ma”, an intermediary space, in the very intense and concentrated time and space that is Tokyo. The presence of our bodies and the remains of the bodies resting in these spaces transforms the place into a liminal territory, a gateway to another dimension of life. It doesn’t matter if you believe that life continues after or not, but I experienced the “ohaka” as a place to demonstrate love and respect for one’s ancestors.
We trace our personal histories to the memory and flesh beneath the earth. We perform the meaning of these relationships through individual and collective rituals. I choose an intimate language to communicate love: that thin and delicate line that connects our past, present and future. “The Garden of Love” expresses the visceral and emotional spiral that weaves these distinct states of being.
This work is about the transitory nature of life and its absence. Humanity’s communal invention – the town – maintains this plural space in its very center, even in the extreme urban expression of Tokyo.
2007_Sergio Motta Prize for Art and Tecnology
2006_Videoforms: Manifestation Internationale d’Art Vidéo et Nouveaux Médias, Clermond-Ferrant, France
36 m square – 2 video projectors – 4 amp. speakers – salt – interface
ceramist: KYOKO TOKUMARU
ceramic production in Tokyo: ROSALEN EXHIBITION COMMITTEE/ YOKOHAMA MUSEUM OF ART (YOKOHAMA ARTS FOUNDATION), coordenate by HIROKO SEKI and MICHIKO OGURA for TRANSLOCAL URBANITIES > love politics, YOKOHAMA ART MUSEUM, 2005.
co-production: VIDEOFORMES: MANIFESTATION INTERNATIONALE D’ART VIDÉO ET NOUVEAUX MÉDIAS, CLERMOND-FERRANT, FRANCE.
special thanks: FUMIO NANJO, NAOYA HATAKEYAMA, HIROKO SEKI.