For the next 4,5 months I hope to develop several installations and sculptural works, as well as collaborative art projects in partnership with the University of Tokushima as well as in the village of Kamiyama.
This project is an extension of my recent residency project in Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland that consisted in temporary installations, interventions and performances using recovered, worthless materials that are up-cycled and re-valued through art. I used, for example an old pool cover, found in the waste and shoelaces for hockey skates, retrieved from a lace factory in Way’s Mills. These works were impermanent; they existed for moments, for some days, and not longer than three weeks. The materials used for these installations were entirely recovered and some of the material has travelled with me to Japan where they will re-appear in a new context.
The new installations will be based on my explorations of the urban space in Tokushima as well as of the rural life in Kamiyama. The findings about ‘’Japanese sustainability’’ and also about Japanese living habits that are expressed in construction methods, consumerism, and also waste management will inspire the materials, sites, and concepts for the new work.
The realization of this project was made possible by the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.