Tracing Water at the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2018
- When 29 Jul - 17 Sep 2018
A collaborative project titled Tracing Water by UNSW alumna Sue Pedley with leading architect Iwaki Kazuya and his Iwaki Lab from the Tokyo Denki University features as part of the 2018 edition of the innovative Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan.
Water shortages plagued the Aramachi Shinden rice growing community in Japan for centuries until the Kawanishi Dam on the Shinano River was completed in 1980. Stories about water are an undocumented tradition in the community, handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation. This project explores and evokes this history, in the shape of giant ‘water balls’, based on the tiny form of a water molecule. Conducted by the collaborators, community ‘water story’ workshops are a conduit to listen and suggestively register these memories and stories, and capture them in the present.
The outdoor work is comprised of blue woven suspended ‘water balls’, on a terrace near the Kawanishi dam and in a nearby forested ravine on the edge of the rice paddies, tracing a hidden river that once supplied water to the crops.
The indoor work is a wooden cube, lined with mirrored shelving with a single ‘water ball’ suspended inside. The water stories gathered from the local community at the workshops will be embedded in the shelves collected as sound, image and text. The Water Stories projects is part of the Hojoki Shiki 2018 Corridor component of the Echigo-Tsumari Triennal presented at the Satoyama Contemporary Museum of Art in Kinare.
Sue is collaborating with Iwaki Kazuya, a distinguished architect and professor at Tokyo Denki University to develop and fabricate this work. Iwaki has participated in the Echigo Tsumari Triennial (ETAT) in 2009, 2011 and 2015. Together with his students from Iwaki Lab (11 students and 2 graduates), he has worked closely with the Aramachi Shinden community since 2008.
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