The interview consists of three questions. Through various answers from different people we discover KENPOKU and ways to make the most of it. The first respondent is the artist AKI INOMATA.
- RespondentAKI INOMATA
- Born in Tokyo in 1983; lives and works in Tokyo.
Through working "in collaboration with" nature and animals such as hermit crabs, bagworms and dogs, Inomata’s projects examine various boundaries within society, such as those between human and non-human, and between nature and artifice. In her most famous work, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? (2009-16), she used a 3D printer to create new shells that featured Manhattan and other world cityscapes, and observed hermit crabs moving into them. Her key solo exhibitions include "Emergencies! 025 AKI INOMATA/Inter-Nature Communication" (2015), which was held at ICC. At KENPOKU ART 2016, she will be carrying out Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? in a location near the sea, teaming up with a live hermit crab.
What was the most memorable moment of your visit to Northern Ibaraki prefecture?
- I was shocked to find numerous areas where stratums were exposed. I felt fossils could be discovered.
Its vastness and abundant nature.
I do not have any geological knowledge but I was shocked to find numerous areas where stratums were exposed. I felt fossils could be discovered.
Please don’t miss the Japanese cormorants flying along the seashore where I will be exhibiting my work.
What would be the highlight of your work?
- When you arrive they might have a different shell.
My work is alive.
The man-made shell, depicting the landscape of major cities in the world, is what the hermit crab carries on his back as its dwelling in search of the next shell.
When you arrive they might have a different shell.
Hermit crabs cannot live without their shells.
Sometimes fighting over shells, weaker hermit crabs have their shells taken away by stronger ones, leaving them homeless with nowhere to go.
In this regard, we experience the same thing in our human world.
If you were to bring one item to make the most of the festival, what would it be?
Time. That’s all.
What I mean here is, just forget about trying to find the fastest route to travel everywhere. Get rid of the feeling of haste.
Ibaraki prefecture is larger than you would expect. It takes time to travel around.
As a person growing up in Tokyo, even it is a neighbouring prefecture, Ibaraki feels like another country. It is strange.
The Pacific Ocean, woodland villages, many animals including Japanese cormorants, waterfalls, hot springs and the dietary culture of fermented foods….
Ibaraki with its coal and copper mine industries had supported Japan’s early industrialisation and continues to do so with technology labs and Hitachi manufacturing plants called “Nissei”. The area is a hub of scientific and technological development.
With this historical background, it is inevitable that a theme such as the one that combines nature and technology is generated.
Other 3 Questions
Q3. If you were to bring one item to make the most of the festival, what would it be?
Artist Tohru Nakazaki