Attracting my neighbors

Asiatopia House, Nan, Thailand, December 2017

Exhibition

My half year residency Blog : http://southeastasianresidencies.blogspot.com

In Thailand I saw pavilions everywhere, along the street or in the gardens of each house, known as ‘Sala’. They exist as the meeting point and social gathering place for each community, as well as a shelter to protect people from strong sunlight in such a hot climate. These communities often open up the Salas for use by strangers who visit there. Asiatopia House, a residency venue located in the rural village of Nan, annually welcomes artists based nationally and internationally, although they do not have a Sala. My contribution to the community during this residency was to create a Sala for Asiatopia House, using traditional Japanese design techniques and materials, such as soil walls. At the end of my stay, we invited the villagers to the Sala, where I cooked traditional Japanese food. My artwork fundamentally engages people. Due to Asiatopia House’s rural location, I adapted to working with a smaller group of people than usual, but also naturally shifted to involving animals, insects and responding to the natural environment around me. Throughout my residency I also tried to contact various creatures that I encountered, as well as spirits. I struggled throughout to make connections with all of them.

 

タイでは、いたる所の道沿いや家の庭に東屋が存在する、それらはサラと呼ばれ、強い日差しを遮り、それぞれのコミュニティでの待ち合わせ場所や社交の場となっている。やってくる見知らぬ人々に、しばしばサラが休憩所として提供される。アジアトピアハウスには国内外アーティストが招待されるもののサラがないのである。そこで、私はレジデンス滞在中に日本の伝統的な土壁のサラを作りアジアトピアハウスに寄贈した。滞在最後に日本の家庭料理を村人たちにもてなすためアジアトピアハウスに招待した。サラをフードスタンドのようにして、食べ物を皆に供給した。

私は根本的に人々と関わる作品を作る。人の少ない田舎にあるアジアトピアハウス人で制作を始めてから、自然の環境に反応して、人だけでなく、動物や昆虫なども巻き込むようになった。レジデンス通じて、遭遇した様々な生物はもちろん、幽霊のような魂とも接触しようと試みた。それら全てを魅了する方法を模索しようと奮闘したのである。

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Shiro MASUYAMA

Flax Art Studios
Havelock House, Ormeau Road
Belfast, BT7 1EB, Northern Ireland, UK

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