This exhibition was made out of multiple media such as posters, photographs, and video works that based on live performance images of Japanese singer-songwriter Yuta Orisaka. This work was produced in 2018 and the theme was about Watarase Yusuichi in Tochigi Prefecture and Susaki City in Kochi Prefecture, where he visited in the same year as an artist residency.
Orisaka’s characteristic style connects with politics, ideologies, disasters and cultures that occurred at different times and places. This was an attempt to discuss oblivion and repeated history and to talk about memories.
Watarase Yusuichi was a vast pool of ponds designed to precipitate and render harmless the mineral poisoning caused by “Ashio Mineral Poison” (1890). The whole area of Yanaka Shimotsuga-gun village was abandoned in 1906 and currently this place is known for good landscape and one of the most popular bird spot. Recently, burning the field is prohibited due to the nuclear accident at the Great East Japan Earthquake. Also the mineral poisoning has not been completely detoxified yet.
Yuta Orisaka was born in Tottori in 1989. After spending time in Russia and Iran, he is now a singer and songwriter who lives in Chiba. He uses various vocal methods (homie, yodeling, poetry reading, predation, and etc.), jazz and old Japanese (the term used in the middle of the Heian period in about 800). He creates cross-sectional works those are not restricted places and times.
Susaki City is a beautiful port town surrounded by mountains and the sea and there is a beautiful Shinjo River in the center of the city. People in Susaki are not only experienced the Great Nankai Earthquake (1946) and the disasters such as the Great Tsunami (1707). Also the probability of an earthquake with an 8 or 9 Magnitude class earthquake will be occurred in 70 to 80% within the next 30 years. Currently, they are developing a 1500 m breakwater maintenance project that covers the port entrance from east to west.