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"inhabitant on the boundary",2015 Gyongido International Cearamic Biennale

photo & movie by noubuo yasutake

【Inhabitant on the boundary】
I propose a mobile exhibition. As I walk out of the gallery with my ceramic kitchen sink on my back, the public become viewers and those who talk to me are collaborators. The portable kitchen sink becomes the catalyst for shared experiences and a new form of ceramic art.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, I visited a refuge centre and met a young mother who didn't take anything with her because she couldn't decide what she really needed. Her story relates to the English phrase, "Everything but the kitchen sink". It is a metaphor for the person who packs her entire house but the kitchen sink because it is one of the last things you would bring since it is difficult to move. The lady with the kitchen sink on her back symbolizes the question of "What do we really need to live?".
I made the mobile kitchen sink in the Artist in Residence program at the European Ceramic Work Centre in 2011. It is an original design in which I am trying to keep the typical sanitarys form and fits a universal drain system. It is a highly technical construction using a double-sided slip casting method. Then I realized the sink has no purpose without a water system. So I researched the sewer line from Gallery Isogaya i-space to the Shibaura Water Treatment Plant where the sewage from the gallery is cleaned and sent back to the river again in Tokyo. In 2013,I wore the kitchen sink and walked 4.5km following the hidden sewer line to make this documentary film. A man I met at a cafe during that walk said, "the sink is the boundary between clean water and sewage." His comment inspired me. I then naturally began to murmur, "I am the boundary between clean water and sewage."
Wherever I walked with the mobile kitchen sink, I could create a dialogue with people who have different cultural backgrounds. I had a chance to show my piece in the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennnale 2015. I researched the sewer route from the GICB area to a water treatment plant and walked with it.

related installation at Gyongido International Cearamic Biennale 2015
Topic at Gyongido International Cearamic Biennale 2015

inhabitant on the boundary in icheon,Korea_2015. 4.24 Cerapia~Miranda Hotel