EARTHQUAKES

Two-channel video installation
9min
2017




Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, 2017



Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, 2017











A landscape appears assembled in the middle of an empty theatre. Without visible human intervention, a series of disruptive events magically unleash. These (un)natural disasters precipitate the scenography to collapse. As the video continues, the props' remnants left behind appear inexplicably recomposed again. The slow and controlled recording of the events is –just like the course of time in the work– circular.


A sense of objectivity, distance and control seemly conjure the catastrophic events. 'Nature' is not only staged and scaled, the disasters happening in the video are also heavily directed, all within a theatre. The video can be regarded as a metaphor for radical events that can completely disrupt life. In a time when our quality of life increasingly seems to be determined by the vagaries of nature, the work also refers to the uncontrollability of our natural surroundings, albeit in a highly controlled and artificial setting. At the same time, the disasters in Earthquakes seem to have a purifying effect. Established certainties are swept away and rebuild themselves, again and again.



Credits

Director | Maya Watanabe
Director of Photography | Fujii Sho
Focus Puller | James Latimer
Art Director | Miyashita Tadaya
Sound | German Popov, OMFO
Production Manager | Miyamoto Yoshio (-L .S .C-)
Lighting | Sanwa Pro Light, Inc., Sogo Yohe (i RYU, Inc.)
Translator | Arakawa Kosuke

Special Thanks
Haruna Hirano, Aaron Berman, Jimba Keisuke, Morita Takumi, Mukai Mari, Nishida Hanji, Shimada Yoshitaka, Tategami Kotaro, Yoshimitsu Yoshiya, Thereza Farkas, León Chiprout, Jordi Abusada, Sebastián Díaz Morales.

With the support of Kyoto Art Center, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Associação Cultural Videobrasil.