Long Notes [Social Dive Projects]
A video work encouraging people to consider the concept of social cohesion by asking individuals who once had a sense of camaraderie in their school days or of belonging to a group to shout it out.
Gathering Tokyo residents of various ages who played in rock, jazz, brass, or any other band regardless of musical genres during their school days, we will ask them to shout at the camera or generate long vocal sounds that express their feelings and longing for musical activities they have memories of. The act of shouting is often associated with a kind of liberation, as when we imagine a figure shouting out to sea. In this work, however, shouting and sustained vocal sounds are used as a medium to communicate suppressed emotions, drawing out people’s anxiety and encouraging peace of mind. Through this video work, these latent memories and energies will also be activated in the viewer.
Supported by National Arts Council, Singapore
SOCIAL DIVE: Artist-in-Residence ProjectsFor the SOCIAL DIVE Artist in Residence Projects, an open call program that was held in the previous Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021, twelve overseas artists were selected from over 1,535 applications. However, the projects of seven of those artists were postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus.
For Tokyo Biennale 2023, we plan to invite the artists who were unable to come to Japan to present their works. The artists will “dive” into various areas of the Tokyo cityscape, observe the charm of people who live and gather there, and generate new values. While interacting with society, the artists will come to reveal various connections latent in the city. These connections may offer unexpected perspectives for those who live and work in Japan today, or viewpoints that are all too familiar for its inhabitants to notice.
Production and presentation of video work, related talks, and other events in Tokyo.
|July 26 – August 3
|Artist stays in Tokyo for production
|September 23 – November 5
|Exhibition of results