'hōjō_10x10feet_shift', 2018, Simulation / © Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
'hōjō_10x10feet_shift', 2018, Simulation / © Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

'hōjō_10x10feet_shift', 2018

video installation

The "Hojoki" (An Account of My Hut or A Ten Foot Square Hut) is a collection of essays written in 1212 by Kamo no Chomei, a poet and recluse in the Middle ages in Japan. He willingly lived
in a 10-foot square ("hojo") hut "cell of observation" amidst continuing disasters such as earthquakes, fires, and famines, from which he observed, considered and recorded the world for 25 years. In 'hōjō_10x10feet_shift', 2018 the basic forms of this room are projected with moving light fields on a 10-foot square. So the video installation is trying to transfer this spot with a re-staging into the actual time, in the era of globalization.

The 7th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale will be held from July 29 to September 17, 2018. As a part of this, The Hojoki Shiki in 2018―Spatial designs of 10 square feet and their development exhibition will be launched in the Triennale's main facility, the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE. Since its inception in 2000, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, devoted to its overreaching concept that "Humans are part of nature", has taken place to revitalize the ageing, depopulated, rural region by getting the most out of the ability of art to discover features of the land and the festivities that art has by nature. At a time when the paradigms of modernity have yielded problems that can no longer be ignored, Echigo-Tsumari’s site-specific art, struggling with the fetters of homogenization and globalization, has explored the relations between the earth and human beings, and received increasing attention within and beyond Japan. The Hojoki Shiki in 2018 exhibition is the starting point of a long-term initiative of "Echigo-Tsumari Hojo Village" in the central area of Tokamachi City. This initiative aims to revitalize the area through embedding 50 to 100 small spaces of different functions into the existing buildings (empty houses and shops, etc.).