Project no11.

The power of personal authority

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Instant photography, Photo archive

The project was launched in February 2021 in London, which was during lockdown, and is still in progress. We are considering future food and eating out culture. Is it possible for us to eat together, even if we are apart?

As the development of software applications, SNS and matching applications have become widespread, and as web communication services such as Zoom have become more diverse, so have new encounters and relationships with close people become technology-dependent. In such a situation, I would like to explore a new way of conducting a restaurant service.

If you would like to dine with strangers, please book a seat from the restaurant's website. We invite you to a new matching event.

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Project no12.

Controlling landscapes

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Digital image, Short film, VR space presentation

This work is a false documentary and discussion based on a report that records my trip to the Chinese city of Shenzhen for a city survey. Today, China is developing rapidly, especially in Shenzhen, which is close to Hong Kong. In the last thirty years, Shenzhen has grown from a small fishing port to a big city that might be called the Asian Silicon Valley.

 

The first time I visited, I was walking down Shenzhen Boulevard and capturing images for 3D VR. Photography in this city is severely restricted and police officers monitor it in vehicles such as Segways. People had a satisfying smile, as if they were the most blessed in the world. It's completely different from the people of Tokyo and London, who have a lot of gloomy faces.

 

I then explored a large park and climbed a small hill. A gorgeous light-up show begins at night. I was impressed with this huge paradise city and felt a little strange. This "world", completely controlled in everything, is like a role-playing game. And I felt the nostalgia of the past in the natural debris that may have existed in places.

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Project no13.

Covered by green

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Digital image, Travel experience

The region called Taiwan, located in the south of East Asia, is in a geopolitically complex situation. This project considers the political and regional characteristics of the area, which I investigated when I visited northern Taiwan.

 

Research has revealed that there are four cultures, two Chinas, and three "colours" in the area. The four cultures are aboriginal cultures of Pacific descent, Western and Christian cultures such as the Netherlands (which are similar to other Southeast Asian countries), mainly Han Chinese cultures in South China, and Japanese cultures. This is a natural situation in the history of this island. The two Chinas are red and blue, that is, communism and capitalism, and they clearly represent the history and conflict of modern postwar continental China. The three colours are Chiang Kai-shek blue  (in this case, red may be in blue), green for freedom, and independent grey. This patchwork and mosaic seems to represent this area.

 

However, when I actually visited Taiwan, it was covered with “lime green". It's not perfect, but at the moment it may be "mostly". For example, the metal-sheet roof houses overlooking Taipei 101 drew a lime green digital pattern, and the green dominated everywhere in urban and rural areas. In the first place, “lime green" is the origin colour for Taiwan and may also be the “latest” colour. This region, swirling with contradictions in cultural identities, may end up with this distinctive colour.

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Project no14.

Trace of the giant

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Digital Image

This image is from when I visited Hiroshima in 2014 to investigate a landslide disaster. The disaster killed more than 70 people. The ferocious nature of climate change sometimes puts humanity on the brink of despair and resignation. But there is the effort and enthusiasm of engineers to save their lives, and the quest of scientists to follow in the footsteps of the "giant."

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Project no15.

Relativity of the past future

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Land specific art, Digital image

When thinking about the future, it must be considered when it is looked from. What people thought of as past products might be kind of a symbol of the future in a past time. I photographed some of the British Museum's collections and displayed the products in the modern landscape. The landscape might be an unimaginable future, as seen from the past, and it becomes material that helps consideration of the relativity of time (including the facts that are displayed in museums). Will the future we imagine in our time become a past story for someone?

This series of museum art was exhibited at Hampstead Heath in London.

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Project no16.

A view of situation

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Short film, Sound piece

What kind of methodology do humans use to understand a situation when they are cognizing their surroundings? In this fake documentary, I analysed environmental sounds using a method of calibration which is widely used in the field of engineering and acted as an advanced algorithm. In this context, I have also examined carefully what happens when so called ‘artificial intelligence’ is defining the circumambient medium. From another point of view, I am a storyteller of this short film, scoping the world through a lens and learning from the electrical signal. Interestingly, the information – the ‘IMAGE’ that can be captured with a small camera – is not very likely to be linked to the various types of environmental sounds. In other words, there might be even other factors in obtaining information, and the main character of this story may someday exceed human sensations. 

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Project no17.

Ten-thousandth ghost 2020

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Text, Microscope, Short film, Performance

This project is a series of drama pieces based on my job experience in London. The ghost story is located at a private hospital in London, where I worked from September last year to February this year, and my small flat.

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Project no18.

Miserable house and my funeral on Mars

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Small Pavilion, Incense stick, Wind, Experimental sculpture

The project presents future working-classes’ living situation (mainly on Mars), criticises capitalism, and depicts post-space development in a dystopian world which I expressed by creating a "house model". In addition, in order to simulate how traditional culture continues in that world, I exhibited a Japanese-style funeral “ritual” as an inactive installation. 

The people living in a spaceship-like shack are immigrants to Mars. The wealthy people who crossed to Mars before them live in large, clean, futuristic, and healthy homes. The second habitants have emigrated to the newly developed city of Mars in search of the future, following the wealth class.

Life on Mars is very harsh. Dust is screened against with a silver sheet that was in the waste storage area. The people had religions and customs in their original home. They quietly perform rituals and pray in the tattered house.

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Project no19.

Overflow_A game for observing my: breath  (DRAWING) 

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Digital painting, Digital print, Coding piece

This digital art piece was drawn by experimental coding. Originally, I started with the purpose of physically considering a psychological test for "my fear", but the result is more psychological and emotional. The main theme of this piece is the contrast between the method and what is produced from the result.

 

quoted from Yuiko Amano, 2020, Overflow_A game for observing my: breath

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Project no20.

“Yui-ga Dokson” Project 

December, 2018- (Ongoing project), London

Web service, Wearable design, Marketing, Fabric, Trademark

The project was launched in July 2020 in Kyoto, which was locked down at that time, and started as a business in London in October. It is a charity project aimed at relief and assistance to minorities and is still underway. We are mainly working to support LGBTQ people and those who are suffering some kind of disadvantage in society due to race or gender. In addition, the philosophy of Japanese Mahayana Buddhism is applied as the underlying concept.

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