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Reborn-Art Festival 2017

Kyunchome join "Re-born Art Festival" in Ishinomaki, Miyagi where had biggest damage from tsunami since 2011. We will exhibit new art work made with local people.   

July.22 -Sept.10


Koganecho Bazaar 2017
This group exhibition's main theme is "Multiple ways to encounter the other".



Deleting them with the sky (2017)

One fine day, we asked them questions.
"What are things you don't like?", and "Do you have anything you want to delete?"
We went to delete them emerged by those questions together. What we used were an iPhone and a mirror. Under the clear sky, we faced to things which somebody in somewhere want to delete.



Running at Night(2016)

Made with refugees and immigrants who live in London.They seven move forward in the darkness with lights in their mouths.The shape of lights made by them looks like "Plough".It never disappears. When night comes, it tells us the direction to go.



" New Faces" made here 2016
Supported by CTIC, a refugee support centre1030 audience came

Exhibited in our solo exhibition "Hi from the darkness"(2016, Komagome Soko, Tokyo). This is a work with audience and we developed a work "New Face" made in Berlin into it. Refugees came to Japan to escape stayed at site everyday, and audience made one face with a refugee with blindfold in team up in pair.

In Japan, refugees are invisible existence. We occasionally come across the situation that audience were perplexed because they had never met the being of refugee. They faced a refugee in darkness, and got no choice but to think about refugee's situation and Japan which is a country never tries to accept them.



New Faces(2015)
movie 21:58

Made in Germany with Syrian refugees. We make one face with people had to escape from their own country with our eyes covered. We live by moving. We move to live. Then, the number of people and faces are increasing.

※This uploded video is short version.



Needle and thread and (2016)
movie 10:00
Exchanging each others glasses and thread a needle. We sometimes are driven to desperation for like those things and help each other, how strange humans are.



The Story of Making Lies (2015)
movie 23:48

We made this work with people who can’t go back their home because of the nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima and still live in temporary housing. We asked them to remove barricades that block the way to home with Photoshop.
Those barricades are removed on the screen, however the conversation while removing shows us invisible barricades that stand between the past and now.

※This uploded video is short version.



WAKE UP! (2015)

The alarm clock is set at the time when historical event had occurred and placed next to a sleeping stray dog.

You cannot predict when the war starts, terrorism takes place, or earthquake strikes.When will the world alarm clock goes off next?

※This uploded video is short version.



Rhythm of Survival (2015)

While ago, I went to Jukai (The Sea of Trees by Mt Fuji) and found a person who hanged himself.I freaked out and screamed, "I'm so sorry" again and again.
I also said, "It's not your fault. It must be the outer world that has done something bad." I'm not sure if what I said was right.But one thing for sure is that we still thrive in the outer world.

Later on, I brought the rope back in town and played rope-jumping with people. Some coudn't jump at all. Some avoided to jump. The other one was good at jumping, but at some point he suddenly stopped.
This is the survival rhythm for everyone.



Flower Path(2015)

We collected rotten floral tributes and made them into a path.

As time passes, the prayer goes bad and gives out rotten smell.
Do you consider this decomposed prayer to be still sacred?
Or should it be put away?
This path is made of kindness and goodwill that are no longer treatable.



The sun in the shadow (2015)
Movie 09:02

Everybody knows 'Tower of the Sun'.
This tower is named after the "sun", but in fact the sun is drawn in the back of the tower. The 'Black Sun' on the back is so weird that it is not hard to imagine a powerful image on the front. Moreover its back faces north, and therefore this 'Black Sun' doesn't get the sun throughout the day. The 'Tower of the Sun' that put the 'Black Sun' on its back looks as if it were a human being that shoulders the despair. We and also Taro may have to shoulder this 'Black Sun'

Taro Okamoto prize special exhibition



The sun in a palm (2015)

In 1991, the mural made by Taro has been demolished with the Old Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building where the mural was placed. The mural was embedded with the building, so it was impossible to save the mural by moving it. The sun that does not withdraw, looks like Taro himself. Although because of that, the sun was destroyed. In Toshiko's diary, it says right before the 'Wall of the Sun' was destroyed, Taro stroke the wall. That was an event happened five years ago before Taro died.

Today, we will evoke the appearance of the 'Wall of the Sun' on the day that was demolished. The sun that was broken by the power that cannot resist, is no longer the dead. Those shards can be our arms to resist.
We all, right now, need those kinds of arms.

Taro Okamoto prize special exhibition



Missing Sun(2015)

The 'Sun of the Underworld' is missing because of the confusion of the demolition of the exhibit.
"Missing Sun" – is a strange phrase. Is there case that the sun goes somewhere? I asked the blind people who doesn't receive the light of the sun. "Do you recognize where is the sun?" They found the sun without any difficulty, just then the sun was reflected in their eyes.

Taro Okamoto prize special exhibition



Time of Ocean(2014), TIme of Town(2015)

We dived into sea next to the Fukushima no.1 nuclear power plant, and made an hourglass made from seaweeds growing on rubble washed by tsunami.
An hourglass made from a piece of a building fragment at the ghost town near a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl.
Each hourglass falling each grain keep counting down for "RESET"



Connected to something(2014)

At the foot of Japan’s symbol, Mt. Fuji, lays a vast forest called Jukai (Sea of Trees).

It's rumored that once you enter the forest you lose a sense of direction and can't fin d a way out. The forest is also well-known suicide spot. Those who are lost deep inside,set off for the final destination—death.

Wandering among thick trees many of them ask themselves whether they should go on or return.There are many ropes on the ground left by those who had thought of turning back.

We followed those ropes leading somewhere deep in the forest in hope they'd guide us to someone as in "hide-and-seek."
Hide-and-seek is a common children's game in Japan. One calls out "Are you ready?"
while others are hiding. They answer "I’m ready" if they are, or "Not yet" if not.

People waver between life and death in the forest, as if in "hide-and-seek." Calling out "Are you ready," we headed towards the heart of the forest. Deep in the forest we'd wait for an answer.

from press media



Infinitely Shifting Time (2013)video10:02

The Earthquake in Tohoku in 2011 caused Tsunami that washed off everything on the shore. The fisherman's town and the port were torn down and made into multiple sandy beach. We scooped up the newly made beach with a metal detector to find those things left behind. We dug up the sand and found some accessories and house wreckages. We planted myosotis on the site we found those remains. The floral language of myosotis is " Forget-me-not".



Flying Carp and Me (l2014)video06:23

In Japan, when a boy is born, there's a tradition to decorate with gigantic carp made of cloth to wish he will grow up strong and healthy. When I was born, my grandma bought me a flying carp. My carp didn't fly a lot because I grew up mentally sick, dropped out high school, and ended up as hikikomori (did nothing but stay inside the room) for 6 years. So I tailored my flying carp into a suit, dived into the sky with disappeared wishes.



Flow in red (2013)
medium: 1t of rice, plaster, warning tape, video

The floor is filled with 1 tonne of rice that are contaminated because of the nuclear accident. The visitors must step on the rice, which has sacred meaning in Japan, in order to watch the video. On top of the red rice mountain, there's a fist sticks out, holding a warning tape.( If you look down the mountain from the top, it appears to be a Japanese flag.) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident is now considered as a "local matter." This installation reminds people that it is a "national issue."



Toll the new year's bell, inside the prohibition (2014)

Every new year's eve in Japan, people go to their local temples to ring the bell to exorcise all the negatives that had happened that year. Exactly when it turns to the new year's day, the sound of the bell echoes all around in Japan.

However, probably the only place in Japan you cannot hear the bell gong is the area surrounding
the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. In fact, since 2011, no new year's bell has rung in this place.

On new year's eve of 2013, we entered the area, sure enough, to toll the bell.



Stone Now(2013) Concrete,stamp

A stuck of concrete pieces were displayed at the exhibition. Each piece had a stamp on, says, "stone now." Visitors were allowed to take one home with them alongside the caption written that, "Lucky charm. Take free."



Somebody here (2013)
acrylic mount photo / fingerprint / fingerprint collating kit / frame

Summer of 2013 was the time when parts of the evacuation zone in Fukushima, mostly along the coastline and around the Fukushima Power Plant, became freely open to the public. The towns were exactly the same from the time when the Tsunami hit, just like the whole city was vacuum-sealed.

We found some clothes in the dryer in a laundromat being left there over 2 years.
We saw thick finger grease on a window glass of an abandon car washed away by the Tsunami.

Nobody can live here, and nobody really is here. In a town filled with absence, we collected fingerprints and traces of the people who once was there.



Like howling to the farther world (2013)


That day the earthquake struck the nation, and when emails and phones were completely shut down, Twitter was the only available communication. All sorts of messages like "I'm safe" or "Is everybody OK?", or even "Where is electricity available? Is the train moving?," spread through the internet that day. Everybody was shouting out towards somewhere about something, just like the wolves howl in the woods to communicate.

We realized wolves can tele-communicate without electricity, and so, we tried to howl as the they do. What we discovered was it was fairly impossible to deliver our voice to a distance location.

The video records us practicing and the actual howling we did in that place.



The Human Character (2013)

movie 03:41

The Chinese charter for the word "human" is "人," which always is taught at school with the same saying, "the character 'human' represents how one person and another are holding, supporting each other."

The phrase, "We must support each other!," once was a national slogan after the catastrophe in 2011, but it is forgotten from people's mind by now. Nobody is conscious about how to settle the nuclear problem nor the reconstruction in the damaged area, but does refuse to eat food from Fukushima Prefecture. There seem to be some degree of unspoken prejudice around this issue.

The whole place, around the power plant, may no longer be inhabitable, yet, there may be almost nothing that we can do.
So, I wrote the letter, the "human (人) character," onto plies and mountains of rubble and wastes, while repetitiously speaking to myself, "the word ''human' is made with two people supporting each other," on and on, and on.

* There were more than 1,000 people killed by the Tsunami in this district, and more than 200 still remain missing.



Do Not Enter (2013)

In 2011, the worst Tsunami hit Japan. What Tsunami left behind were some house wreckages, broken furniture, and DO NOT ENTER tape. Why are we restricted when Tsunami is the one invading our land? We tried to stop the wave with the DO NOT ENTER tape.



「New Japan Paradise」(2013)
radioactive wastes, paints

We drew a blue circle on a bag of radioactive waste.If you reverse its color tone, it will look like Japanese national flag.
Two years after 311, on New Year's Eve, the evacuation area has become a ghost town.Occasionally seen figures are all decontamination workers, fully dressed in radiation protection suit. They were silently cutting down the contaminated plants.
Those plants were put in a massive bin bag, all lined up on road. It looked like an installation.
Walking on the road where you never meet with anyone, and the bin bags lined up on both sides of the road made us feel likewe are on the back side of Japan.
At dusk, the speaker reported the today'sresult of decontamination operation although nobody is in town to hear it.In F town, 0.2 micro sieverts. In the area M, 0.3 micro sieverts.



Our War(2013) /NATO Bullet

There are so many internet slangs that are related to "death." If our generation were to go on war, we will scribble slangs on bullets like American soldiers made a doodle on the atomic bomb.



"FLOWER 400" 2012
Soil, Flower

Flowerbed was placed at the entrance. Its width was as wide as the corridor.
During the a-month-long exhibition, 10,000 visitors stepped on the flowerbed.
In the beginning, people hesitated to step on flowers, but after the first person stepped on,they continued one after another. It gradually became a trail, then a waste.At the end of the flowerbed you'll see a notice saying,

"It feels like we are always stepping on something like a flower."



"SHIT!!" 2012

When spring comes, swallows create nests all over the place.
It would be cool if they could also break the security camera with SHIT.



"DQN☆Guest Book" 2012
Spray paint, paint, marker

Every wall and corridor is a guest book. Spray paints are prepared everywhere at the exhibition.Visitors can spray their names on wherever they like. For a stiff curator, museum attendant, couple, old lady
on a wheelchair, let's all debut as DQN!

*DQN= a slang means a hood, gangsta



"Bye bye Tin Badge" 2012
Capsule-toy bending machine, tin badge

This exhibition took place in an abolished school
where there were many scribbles on walls left by the past students.
"Goodbye Denki University", "I'm graduating", "I couldn't get a job...",
"3 more days till the last class", and so on.

All those scribbles were collected and made into tin badges.
They were sold by the capsule-toy bending machine.
A sentimental scribble would be a good souvenir for visiting an abolished school.



"Tokyo and Me" 2012

It was painted on the window of the 14th floor of the building.
If you look down you can see Chiyoda City, the center of Tokyo. Among those tall buildings you can also see the buildings of Japan Federation of Economic Organizations which dominates Japanese economy.

We asked our friend, who graduated university but couldn't get a job,
to write a word "unemployed" facing that building.
Does it reach to those scumbags?



"Ballon Rabbit" 2012

The man in a rabbit suit gives away balloons to kids.
However, the rabbit deliberately let the balloon go right before the kid catches it.
Every single kids look up with astonishment first.
Then, they react differently, some laugh and run after the balloon, some just stare at the red balloon in the blue sky and some jump and burst out laughing.
It's not necessarily a sad thing to watch the balloon fly away.
It seems that the balloons flew away and became the red sun.



"Koenji Rabbit" 2012

During the exhibition, the pink rabbit suit man appeared at the near by Koenji-station.
When pointed a camera at, he gives the middle finger. With a pink skin,

he could give the finger to anything in the world.



"Catfish's Vow" 2012

Japan is well known for earthquakes, with major earthquakes occurring once in every 100years.
Inevitable natural disaster is the despair that we have to live with.
However, Japanese people even made earthquake into a comical character, so called "Namazu-e"(namazu=catfish).

Namazu-e is the ukiyo-e which was painted and widely spread in 1855 when the large earthquake came.
The legend was derived from the anxiety about the major earthquake: an earthquake occurs when the gigantic catfish, believed to be living underneath Japan, goes mad. Since then, various catfishes were depicted; the one in rampage, helping people to reconstruct, and apologizing to people by the wreckage. It resulted in the image of earthquake as catfish among Japanese people. Nowadays, there's always a catfish on earthquake-related items such as the earthquake sign in town or an iPhone app which alerts up-coming earthquake.

I recalled this catfish when 311 happened in 2011. There was a rumor on the Web, "was it the catfish went mad again?" . We all knew that the catfish doesn't exist and it is a superstition. However, we are so desperate that we had to beg the catfish, like calling on God, knowing it's superstitious. So we went to a Japanese cuisine to help out the catfish on the verge of being cooked. We took him to the shrine known for the earthquake and catfish, made him promise "never let the earthquake happen again." After that we set him free in the river. This movie is the documentary of our 3 days with the catfish.

-Exchanging vow with the catfish we saved-

Kansai (west) area shook when we were in elementary school.
Tohoku (north-east) area shook when we became adults.
It is natural that someday the ground right beneath us will shake too.

Under our feet, there's an active fault which leaps and ends the world once in a thousand or 100,000 years.

When we call, we call on God.
Although we don't know if he really exists or not.
Actually we believe he doesn't.
But we still call on him.
The gigantic catfish may not exist either.
But we still beg him.
Vow with the catfish.
It's similar to prayer.


"Going to Bury the Time Capsule in the Evacuation Area" 2011


March 30 2011>> We visited a village. Refreshing air. Beautiful landscape. It was impressive to see the kids playing at the only book store in the village.

April 22 2011>> The village was designated as the evacuation area.

May 21 2011>> Evacuation is under operation. The local municipal office soon to be closed.The young clerk in the book store said, "I wanna stay here until the last minute. But we have to close the store soon."


Let's party together when the village is released from being the evacuation area. We buried the time capsule putting the tools for the party.





"Kotsutsubo" (mortuary urn) is a jar you put the bones of the departed.I got my mother to paint my white, tasteless kotsutsubo.With her touch up, tasteless, cold kotsutsubo became a perfect home for me to live later on.

A suggestion for buying a home This home means the last home you live in.You go in there after your flesh, fat, past, future, anything you don't need is burnt.

Let's get the home painted by your mother, who sent you into this world.

You can choose how your home should be thinking about the time you were born while your mother thinking about your last moment.

Before everything goes to ashes,Let's make a home decorated with your past, future, love and all the unnecessary stuff.This is a kind of family ceremony.


-Case of Honma family- Pink elephant and his friends
These cute animal are all hand-painted by my mother. She's been working on them for almost 30years, meaning since way before I was born. I remember playing with them when I was little. Presumably, these wooden, curvy animals were my first friends. I wanted my last home to be surrounded by them.

Also, I never expected this to happen, my mother painted big portrait of me on the back of the rid. Imagining me being stared at by myself forever frightens me a little.





"Kyun Kyun ☆ Guerrilla"

It is said that the affluence of an international exhibition can be measured by the number of guerrilla. Sadly, there's no guerrilla in any international exhibitions held in Japan.
In that case, Kyunchome will take the initiative of acting a guerrilla.


"Creep In, Hanawa chan ep1. Yokohama" 2012

There's a custom in Japan to send "hanawa" (wreath) for a happy event such as store opening and weddings.
It is a very kitsch object usually decorated with many vivid-colored flowers.
They used be everywhere even in a small store, but lately you rarely see them.
Apparently, hanawa culture is dying out because of the depression. Also, hanawa is becoming unwelcome because of its size.
We bought a hanawa sitting in the storage of a hanawa company. Made a hole on the center of hanawa so that a face peeps out.
We went out into the town wearing hanawa.

In the town we talked to various people, with the hanawa on.
Asking, "Did you have anything happy lately?"
When we find a happy event we write it down to share it with everyone.
Celebrating things you don't care in the everyday life and share the happiness with people in the town makes things into unusual happenings.

10min. movie

Examples of extracted happy events
"Everyday healthy"
"I was almost killed by my son, but I survived"
"My 2year old grand child is bilingual"
"The lunch menu came with a free spaghetti"



"She Was Just an Ordinary Girl Who Jumped Off" 2011
Delay certificate, photograph

I remember clearly, when I just moved to Tokyo, that the fully packed train I was in suddenly stopped.
"We are rescuing the injured person. Restoration is not yet planned."

The guy next to me mumbled, "Damn it" and clucked. This made me realize that I'm in Tokyo now. Until then, I never knew that you can get a delay certificate when a train severely delays. In my hometown, train only stopped because of natural disaster. Anything get hit by train was a dog or raccoon.
"You become professional by running over 3 people" said the would-be JR staff on the Web. I thought, what a scary city Tokyo is.

On my 5th year in Tokyo, I started to understand the hatred toward people who stops the trains.
I guess you must become ignorant to the possibility that the cause of delay might be someone's death when the train stops everyday.
A piece of paper, "delay certificate" proves the fact that the train stopped. One's death becomes a paper and handed to thousands of people. People immediately get rid of it.
This is how it works.

When I was tidying up my wallet, I found a delay certificate I got from a station staff. Even without realizing, I possessed the trace of someone's death in my wallet. I searched what happened on that day on the internet and found out that a woman in age of 20s jumped off the platform.
I could see a figure through a piece of paper. Since then, I started to collect delay certificates.

With a collection of delay certificates in my hand, I went into the town. I decided to leave the memory of delay at the scene, thinking about the girl I don't know

*delay certificate = a piece of paper you receive when a train delays. It shows the time and date of delay. The design is different in every railway company.


"Delay Penguin" 2011
Delay certificate


The train stopped and I got nothing to do so I made an origami penguin using the delay certificate, a delay penguin, instead of Suica penguin. Someday there will be a thousand origami penguins. Let's pray for the girl jumped off.

*Suica penguin = It is the penguin character of a prepaid card for train ride in Tokyo. This is the most famous character in Tokyo. Every commuter sees him as they travel.



"She Was There" 2011
Capsule-toy vending machine, ticket

Again, Kyunchome had another exhibition using capsule-toy vending machine. 1 play: 100yen. The capsule contains "the one-way ticket to the spot where a girl jumped to her death."
Let's get out of the gallery and go to that platform.



"Instant Cheers" 2011

You can easily install the cheering voice recorded at Tokyo Marathon which 300,000 people participate.
We gave a 300,000 people worth of cheering voice, played by a radio-cassette recorder, to a lone runner by the Imperial Palace.
"Keep in there!", "You are almost there!", "Hang in there!"
See? They are with you! Go for it!

5min. movie
*Tokyo Marathon = The biggest marathon in Japan. About 300,000 people participate.



[High Price]We Buy Your Greetings for One Hour[Welcome to the store] 2009

No matter how hard I worked on job hunting, what I got was not so different from a part-time job. The only work I did was just greeting to the customers for a whole day.

The number of greetings people do among Japanese service industry is probably the biggest in the world.It is unquestionable duty for any clerk to greet to a customer with a smile and everybody conforms to this custom.

I was greeting regardless of whom I am greeting to. I sold my time for greeting meaninglessly even though there's no one greets me back. It was so stupid that I couldn't stand it any longer. Then I came to think why not buy this meaningless greeting.

I counted how many times a clerk in a convenience store (open for 24/7, usually young part-timers are working) greets in one hour. The average was 50. I went into the town and asked various people to do the job for me, "greeting 50 times for 800yen(an average hourly wage in an convenience store)".
"Welcome to the store!", "Thank you for your purchase."

10min. movie

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