The interview consists of three questions. Through various answers from different people we discover KENPOKU and ways to make the most of it. The third respondent is the artist Toru Nagasaki.
- RespondentTohru Nakazaki
- Born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1976; lives and works in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Nakazaki is currently active as an artist in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture. His work focuses on the slippage between words and images that occur in mutual understanding. His art is not confined to a specific form, but using natural, moderate methods, he works with signage as well as performance, film, and installation. He has exhibited widely. In 2006, he formed the Nadegata Instant Party, which is also active as a group. In 2007, he established the PLAYROOM (Tohru NAKAZAKI + Mizuki ENDO) as an alternative space and is active in its operation. In 2011, he began participating in PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!, mainly in art direction. For KENPOKU ART 2016, he is planning an installation with signs of place names from the northern part of the prefecture that no longer exist due to the consolidation of municipalities.
What was the most memorable moment of your visit to Northern Ibaraki prefecture?
- Hitachi-Taga would be a nice place to stay, too… see the work, have a drink at a bar and stay in an inn with an ocean view.
This time, for KENPOKU, I have only visited around Hitachi-Taga station, so the things I can comment on are rather limited, but 1km away from the station is a beach called Kawaharako beach, which I discovered when I was in high school. I remember going to the beach to see the New Year sunrise after staying over at a friend’s house nearby. I recognised the place when I went there this time on research. I was very excited to find out that was the same beach. There was also a bar district that resembled Golden-gai, but a smaller version. It looked very quaint, I would be interested to go and have a drink there. Hitachi-Taga would be a nice place to stay, too… see the work, have a drink at a bar and stay in an inn with an ocean view. They are both located within the range of the starting fare of a taxi. I am starting to sound like a tour guide. I can’t help it. They are all very nice places.
What would be the highlight of your work?
- The fifteen towns and villages that existed at the time will be the main motif for the signposts I will be creating. I will then create an installation piece which centres around the signposts.
Signposts are what I am going to be creating this time using the names of towns and villages as the motif. There are a total of six municipal cities in which KEPOKU ART will take place. Up to when I was in high school there were a lot more towns and villages which were merged forming the current municipalities, around when I was leaving Ibaraki for university. So, the fifteen towns and villages that existed at the time will be the main motif for the signposts I will be creating. I will then create an installation piece which centres around the signposts.
If you were to bring one item to make the most of the festival, what would it be?
- The time that allows a one or two-night stay
Car…but if I could add one more, I would say the time that allows a one or two-night stay.
Other 3 Questions
Q1. What was the most memorable moment of your visit to Northern Ibaraki prefecture?
Artist AKI INOMATA