The (anywhere) syndrome (Research)
Agricultural Revolution 3.0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the earth got a hole.
“The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole” is an installation inspired from a film, "The China Syndrome" in 1979.
"China syndrome" is a joke that describes a fictional result of a nuclear meltdown in the United States, in which reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the antipodes, China, In this fictitious story, the reactor components did not go though the underlying earth, however; this art work produces a situation in which the viewers can see “the sky from the antipode through the hole on the floor” as if it is a stage setting.
“Earth Hole” is a video installation in which the screen showing “the scenery from the antipodes“ is embedded in the venue where the natural environment is reproduced. The viewers will see the starlit heaven at day time and brightening blue sky in evening twilight as if they peer down the hole. This surrealistic and hopeful juxtaposition will give the audiences a mystic experience and evoke curiosity and imagination.
This work will evoke the viewers a speculation over the coexistence among developing technology, nature, and human beings, and the inevitable aftermath and hopeful future, rather than blind criticism.
Even if this imaginary situation were to occur, the scenery from antipode will not be seen. However, this work portrays an alternative landscape vision which is different from dystopian near future.