Sunday, 24 November 2013

Concept / コンセプト

My Borderline Project has drawn smile from a lot of people. I have met and talked to so many people face to face through the project. I feel I have been doing the meaningful activity though art here in Northern Ireland.

I just put the concept of my Borderline Project below:

In 2013 I was commissioned by the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013 to realize a unique art project. In the project I have converted the interior of a caravan into 2 parts, one half has a British design and the other half an Irish design. Many things that have either a British or Irish character are also displayed symmetrically, British objects on the British side, Irish objects on the Irish side.

Throughout 2013 I have been showing the caravan in the Ebrington Square where the venue of the Tuner Prize exhibition is located, as well as some border points between Derry~Londonderry (Northern Ireland) and Donegal (Ireland). Through communication with people whom I have encountered, I have continued to develop the project by adding objects and/or correcting the display in the right direction.

Since I moved to Northern Ireland, I have not been sure about the particular difference between Irish and British culture under the complex society of Northern Ireland. The project has helped me to learn and understand about each culture and society. The outcome of the caravan is that it is becoming like a small museum, showing the differences of each culture.

I have also been carrying out the project from an outsider’s point of view, with my Japanese identity. I don’t believe in any religion. I don’t have any political incline. Because I can be neutral between Irish and British society, I believe the project makes more sense.

I have struggled to keep an equal balance on both the Irish and British sides. But sometimes I found it difficult to collect Irish things, compared to British things, as some of the Irish culture has been disappearing. I have revived some of the Irish culture by importing stuff from the USA. (There are many Irish immigrants there and they have some business related to their roots.)

I have been learning a lot through the project. It's not so easy to invite many people inside the caravan as the caravan is normally private thing. But, if anybody enters, they are always fascinated by the project and start talking about Irish and/or Northern Irish culture, society and their personal history.









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