Kenji YANAGI
Japanese / English

The world in conflict - repetition; white walls - repetition
"Specific Time and Specific Events" Series No.2 2007


Kazunori KITAZAWA text

The world in conflict - repetition; white walls - repetition
"Specific Time and Specific Events" Series No. 4

In the silent time for me
Toward the middle of the silence
  Something that stands?
In the silent time for me
A silent exit
Someone looks back?
In the silent time for me
How do you defend your silent back?

"The silent enemy" from “Song of the Single Coat”
(Yoshiro ISHIHARA, Selected Poems Modern poetry anthology 26, Shichosha)

The remains of the Matsushiro Daihonei (Matsushiro Imperial Headquarters) Zouzan underground bunker are like the dark recesses of my heart. The area around Exit No. 4 is like my body and my personal situation. In 2006 I worked at this location, repeating the actions of “sweeping”, “purifying”, and “cutting”. After these repetitions, I repeatedly placed building material for walls. I gave it the name “Specific Time and Specific Events” series. Each year I repeat these actions.
This is my attempt to interpret the source of “quarrels”, using space.
I have had long experience with land disputes. People maintain only their innocence without a black or white resolution to a “dispute”. I see such a person in the difficult-to-speak-of, dark side of my mind.
Even now, my feelings are not yet healed. In the landscape of the disputed territory one can see a special space filled with the owner’s way of living and thoughts of life and death, up to the skies above the land.
Here in Matsushiro, the thoughts of the people of Shinshu (an old name for Nagano Prefecture) on ways of looking at and thinking of their lives, thoughts on the world after death, philosophy, memories of the land, history of the region, spiritual spaces, and emotional locations are all brought out and expressed in the reality of this space.
When I stand in front of the remains of the underground war shelter, where Korean laborers had been forcibly brought and where local citizens, too, had been forcibly relocated and made to work, I feel the space is filled with the resonances of systematic state violence. When the this place is recorded in heart-felt Japanese and Hangul, when it is spoken of in the languages of many different people, when a wall is erected in front of our eyes as art through objects and action, then this special place is experienced and felt as part of a special flow of time. This site then becomes a world in opposition to the past, like black or white.
When I read the poem by Yoshiro Ishihara, I became aware that I too, through my experiences, have developed an inexplicable concept of the “silent enemy”. I am also living in a world where confrontational relationships with an “enemy” are part of daily life.
Therefore here, in the grounds of this historic war ruin, I find meaning in the creation of site specific art.

1949 Born in Ina,Nagano, Japan.

2008

JUNE "IBARUNA Story" Stones on the roadside Beneath the Wheel (Inakita High School Kaorugaoka Hall Ina,Nagano Prefecture)
JULY "Specific time and Specific events" World in conflict is repetition, repetition appears white walls series No3
MATSUSHIRO CONTENPORARY ART FESTIVAL Vol.7(Remains of an underground bunker Matsushiro Imperial Headquarters. Nagano Prefecture )
JULY SERGE PEY ANTHEM series No18 ~ 20 The Continuous Performance Art Exhibition 13th NIPAF・ASIA・Performance Art Exhibition '08 (gyouda Nagano, Tokyo)
OCTOBER  "The Salt of the Promised Land" Re-creation  Art Exhibition: Homage to Yutaka Matsuzawa (Kensei Hall RokuzanPark Azumino, Nagano Prefecture) )
NOVEMBER Ikegami Akira Case・production notes> Yanase Villa Art Education Project (Villa Yanase Tokyo National Museum Tokorozawa Saitama Prefecture )
DECENBER "A house of gamblers" "The Hill" series> The project from end-1994 (ARIAKE Hotaka Azumino,Nagano Prefecture) 2009

APRIL ["N + N"] ”The Poetry Box” Installation of the inner world (Nerima Ward Museum Tkyo)
APRIL Organized by Seizi Shimoda "Current Performance Art Current NIPAF Vol.7" free, autonomous. Free, automatic -SERGE PEY ANTHEM series No23 "SERGE PEY ANTHEM"- (KID AILACK ART HALL  Setagaya Tokyo)
JUNE "IBARUNA Story" Final chapter (Inakita High School Kaorugaoka Hall Ina ,Nagano Prefecture)



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