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from the future

Agricultural Revolution 3.0
(Research project)

Outline

Small circulation/ecosystem, a small revolution
Space changing organically

A research project on agriculture, biotechnology and a new garden city.
This was held in multiple forms; research, installation and conversation.
Columbia University and University of Cambridge cooperated in the research and farmers, Wired, OMA NY, and more intellectual participated in the conference.
In the center of Shonai, Yamagata prefecture, with a long history of agriculture and a landscape of satoyama, we established a place growing organically.


Research
and
Drawing

Through interview to domestic and overseas laboratories and researchers and companies developing new materials, we designed the definition. Based on thorough research and collected actual materials, we drew a design.
Not in the macroscopic/comprehensive/destructive city model but in a sequence of small cycles at a low perspective, we try a new model of revolution.


Living
Research

Space changing organically

The transforming space
We established a space organically changing correspondingly to research.
In this installation, furniture, clothe, lamp, food, materials which grow during session, and open sourced small agricultural machine were showcased as if it is from theatre or cinema. This work gave the visitors physical experience to travel around the thoughts.


Living
Research
Conversation

 

We held conference at the transformed installation space. Local farmers and various guests from Spiber Inc. which locates in Tsuruoka City and develops recombinant protein materials, OMA NY, Wired, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and more discussed the possibilities of agricultural cities and the future direction in front of the local people.

 

 

 


Selected Q&A

Q. Where was it held?
A. It was held in Tsuruoka city, Yamagata prefecture in Tohoku (northeast) area in Japan. Tsuruoka art forum that was used as a venue is Kunst Halle used mainly to live in.

Q. Why is it “3.0”? / Can I see the research and interview?
A. You can see the details of the concept and text from here, and a part of the interview here.

Q. To what extent are you involved?
A. We conducted research, defined the conference, constructed the project (what to do in the conference) and decided details.

Q. What is described in the design drawings in the picture?
A. In this exhibition, the blueprint of the practices in the project was shown. In these drawings, the sceneries which are not quite different from now. In “Model Room”, a set of four drawings, a calm lifestyle and a room surrounded by clothes and furniture made from new materials were drawn with delicate lines. Most of the furniture and clothes drawn here are made from the new materials we actually found through our research. In the drawings, we can also see olives which were important as an oil crop from ancient times, rubber trees regarded as a new material for Europeans after processing, as well as motifs on agricultural myths.
These show a peaceful future different from technology dystopia. The "model" minutely carved on a copper plate rises faintly behind the reflection of copper.


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from the future

A viewpoint of a complete stranger

“from the future” started by inviting a man from overseas who has no prior knowledge of the series of events in Fukushima.
This is a video artwork filmed based on the imaginary story written and pictures taken there. Texts written by the visitor in broken English is shown in the video.



Invisible objects/information shut-off

In a place where “at first glance, there are nobody and nothing seems special”, we do not know “when and what has happened there”. Thus it is “a viewpoint of a complete stranger” and depends on the viewpoints of others.
The visitor was a young man from Cambodia who was introduced by friends by chance. Starting with a sentence that “this place resembles Phnom Penh after the Khmer Rouge” written while traveling in an unmanned area in Fukushima, the film goes back and forth between the scenes of Fukushima and Cambodia. The film was exhibited in 3ch.

The detailed information is here.

Special installation


In 2014, as a closing event of this exhibition, we had an installation in collaboration with contemporary musician Terry Riley.

 

 


Selected Q&A

Q. What is the meaning of the title?
A. In Fukushima with no people, the visitor has no idea whether the area has been in the state since yesterday or 50 years ago. This work tried pseudo visualization of “the future” that nobody remembers what happened in the area, which we cannot say that will never happen in the future. Therefore, his point of view is a "perspective from one future = from the future".

Q. Were the all texts written in the same place?
A. The order of the film and the scenes are constructed based on the story note written by the stranger. It starts from Fukushima, and then Phnom Penh, and after that, the scenes of Fukushima and Phnom Penh appears alternatively.
When he traveled around Fukushima, the stranger visited far away from a nuclear power plant which was a starting point. This reminded us of a clear fact that the land is not clearly separated but it is connected as long as it is contiguous.


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