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Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation

2020-2022 / House 2009- /

We built a temporary house on a piece of land in Moriya City unused for several years, and while living there, are thinking about humankind and its environment through farming.
Farming is the human activity of working the land sustainably. Humans cultivate the land and raise crops. But in reality, this is something difficult to experience unless you are an actual farmer or have a field.
Sandwiched between a bamboo grove and houses, the land we have borrowed from a local resident for the project is designated an “urbanization control area.” In such an area, development and building construction is in principle prohibited in order to prevent uncontrolled urbanization. So that we could construct a “house” for farming at this location, we applied for a building permit for what is termed a temporary “entertainment place.” Cultivate House functions as an actual house with a “barn” for storing tools as well as beds and a composting toilet. Part of the wall opens out toward the field like a stage.
In the field, we have planted true-bred and native species, and engage in no-till farming using companion planting and mulched grass. Due to changes in how different species grow according to the conditions of the soil, crops cultivated through such methods cannot be harvested in the same season. On the other hand, crops grow by harnessing the ecosystems that exist in the soil.
Observing the process of the crops growing, we have created prints on artificial materials found at the site like plastic and aluminum cans. We have also used the bamboo and arrowroot growing wild on the land to make objects. We cook and eat the crops, and use rice bran or husk to turn human waste into compost. Starting from a vacant plot of land, we are proposing ways to readapt human activities to the environment by finding cooperation with nature.
 
https://www.arcusprojectopenstudios.com/artist/olta/
 
“Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation”
Period: February 2, 2022 (Wed) – March 14, 2022 (Mon), 13:00 – 17:00
Location: Moriya City, Ibaraki Prefecture (will be announced to those who inquire)
Details:
1. Interior of the “Cultivating House
2. harvest of agricultural products (carrots, radishes, etc.)
3. pottery works baked with rice husk smoked charcoal, bamboo works, print works, aluminum can journal, etc.
4. tea made from radish and carrot leaves
Equipment: shoes that can get dirty, warm clothing
 
“Cultivate House: Uncertain Generation”Press Release
 
“ARCUS project 2021 IBARAKI online Open Studios”
Period:March 5, 2022 (Sat) – March 27, 2022 (Sun)
Venue:Online
 
Artist Talk
Speakers: Ieva Raudsepa (Latvia), millonaliu [Klodiana Millona & Yuan Chun Liu] (Albania/Taiwan), OLTA (Japan)
Moderator: Keisuke Ozawa(Director, ARCUS Project)
https://www.arcusprojectopenstudios.com/talk/
 
“Online Artist-in-Residence Program Final Presentations”
Resident artists: Ieva Raudsepa (Latvia), millonaliu [Klodiana Millona & Yuan Chun Liu] (Albania/Taiwan), OLTA (Japan)
Date: December 12, 2020 (Sat) 15:00-17:00
https://www.arcus-project.com/en/event/2020/ev_en201212150000.html
 
“ARCUS Project 2020 IBARAKI Artist-in-Residence Program”
Resident artists: Ieva Raudsepa (Latvia), millonaliu [Klodiana Millona & Yuan Chun Liu] (Albania/Taiwan), OLTA (Japan)
Period: September 24, 2020(Thu) – December 17, 2020(Thu)
 

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1-3, 5, 7, 9-13 Photo: Hajime Kato
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From Dawn to Dawn: A Hyper Pop-Art Stand Play

2020 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

In 2019, Olta delved into research on Sumida Ward, having been invited to “Fantasia! Fantasia!: A community where lifestyles are made real,” a project based in the northeastern part of the area. The Higashi-mukojima neighborhood, which is close to Hikifune, was once called Tamanoi and featured private brothels; even now, sparse traces remain of its “cafe architecture,” a building style associated with red light districts. Sandwiched between the Sumida and Arakawa Rivers, this area is home to a leather factory that was relocated from Asakusa due to odor pollution. It was also learned that the 1911-1930 construction of the Arakawa spillways saw the river enormously expanded by human hands, particularly Korean and Chinese immigrant workers. Many Koreans were then murdered as false rumors spread in the immediate aftermath of the Great Kantō Earthquake of September 1, 1923. The Tokyo Skytree has brought big changes to this urban landscape, which is now packed with condominiums. Its inner workings remain, built on racial and economic divisions and a history of many people’s hardships.
 
For this work, Olta created a script that interwove recreations of interactions experienced in the area with stories and records from literary figures, folklorists, and film directors, including Nagai Kafū, Shaku Chōkū, Takehisa Yumeji, and Ozu Yasujirō. It was then filmed in an abandoned factory. The set references the sketches collected by Kon Wajiro of temporary barrack structures built in the wake of the Great Kantō Earthquake, as well as the stage design by Murayama Tomoyoshi for a production of Georg Kaiser’s “From Morning to Midnight” (dir. Hijikata Yoshi, starring Senda Koreya) — featuring work by Kon Wajiro and his team, “From Morning to Midnight” was staged at Japan’s first dedicated theater for “Western-style” shingeki plays, Tsukiji Shōgekijō, which was built in Taishō 13 (1924), the year after the earthquake. As we walk through the city, the memories of the neighborhood, its origins, testimonies from the Kantō Massacre, and the gestures of its modern residents gradually come to light, forming the basis for a multi-layered narrative of events across the past to the present told through acting, narration, comics, and more.
 
Performers: Tagami Aoi, Hoshi Budō, Saitō Takafumi, Kawamura Kazuhide, Inoue Tōru, Yonezawa Erika, Nakajima Yurie, Endō Jun’ichirō, Hasegawa Yoshirō, Meguninja
Production:
Stage design, CG design: Hasegawa Yoshirō
Stage production, Props, Wardrobe: Olta
Landscape photos: Hoshi Budō, Meguninja
Manga: Satō Tanshō
Sound, Recording: Inoue Tōru
Filming, Film editing: Agata Kenji
Scenario, Film editing: Meguninja
Direction: Jang-Chi
 
Citations
Nagai Kafū, Bokutō kidan (A Strange Tale from East of the River), Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2000, pp. 29-35, 55, 69-72.
Nagai Kafū, “A Strange Tale from East of the River,” Kafū the Scribbler, The Life and Writings of Nagai Kafū, 1879-1959, trans. Edward Seidensticker, Ann Arbor: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1965, pp. 286-87, 295, 301-02.
Shaku Chōkū, “Suna keburi-ni” (Sand and Smoke II), Shaku Chōkū zenkashū (The Complete Tanka Poetry of Shaku Chōkū), Tokyo: Kadokawa Sofia Bunko, 2016.
Nagai Kafū, “Nigiri-meshi” (Rice Balls), Aozora bunko, https://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/001341/files/51972_42199.html, Accessed 12 Oct 2020.
Takehisa Yumeji, “Jikeidan asobi” (Vigilante Possy Play), Tōkyō sainan gashin 6, Miyako Shinbun, 19 Sep 1923.
Nagai Kafū, Tekiroku danchōtei nichijō (Summary, Diary of Daily Happenings at Danchō Manor), ed. Isoda Kōichi, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2015, vol. 1, p. 274.
Ozu Yasujirō, director, Kaze no naka no mesudori (Hen in the Wind), starring Tanaka Kinoyo and Sano Shūji, Shōchiku Studios, 1948.
Ozu Yasujirō, director, Tokyo monogatari (Tokyo Story), starring Ryū Shichū, Higashiyama Chieko and Hara Setsuko, Shōchiku Studios, 1953.
Nagai Kafū, “Terajima no ki” (Memories of Terajima), Nagai Kafū zuihitsu shū (jō) Hiyori geta, hoka jū-roku-hen (Collection of Essays by Nagai Kafū, vol. 1 “Hiyori geta” and 16 Other Essays), edited by Noguchi Fujio, Tokyo: Iwanami Bunko, 2018, p. 252.
 
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Exhibition
“Chōshū geijutsu sutando purē: Yoake kara yoake made” (From Dawn to Dawn: A Hyper Pop-Art Stand Play), Fantajia! Fantajia! Ikikata ga katachi ni natta machi (Fantasia! Fantasia! Cities Formed from Ways of Living)
When: 7-29 Nov 2020
Where: Hōjō Kōmuten Tonari (3-22-10 Higashi Mukōjima, Sumida Ward, Tokyo)
Support: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Ureshii yokan, Ltd.

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Stand play vol.3, 5, 6, 7

2019-2020 / Hyper Popular Art Stand Play 2017- /

“Stand play vol.7 Tekiya quoits”
 
Throw a ring made of pylon-related items, such as pylon weights and sign ropes, into the pylon and get a prize every time you succeed. The prize is the original picture of the author of the stand play manga “Oku-chan”: Saito Tansho. The event was held at honkbooks at “NORAKUMA MALL #Uru”.
 
“NORAKUMA MALL #Uru”
Venue:theca (in honkbooks)
Date:February 29 (Saturday),2020 12:00-20:00
 
https://honkbooks.com/norakumauruu/
 
 
“Stand Play vol.6 New Year’s first sale by sandwich man”
 
SAITO Takafumi and TAKAHASHI ‘Takakhan’ Seiji dress as a sandwich man in Kyoto and Osaka, and try to sell tickets for the performance of “Hyper Popular Art STAND PLAY” on the street. During OLTA’s stay in Kyoto, they went from the residence to the Kyoto Art Center at the rehearsal as a sandwich-man for 3 weeks.
 
Date & Venue: 4th January2020 Kyoto
       5th January2020 Osaka
 
spacial thanks: TAKAHASHI ‘Takakhan’ Seiji, Eriko KAMIMURA
 
 
“Stand play vol.5 Delivered by Uber Eats”
 
A delivery man carrying a Uber Eats backpack delivers a meal at OLTA FARM KITCHEN / sheep studio (Sumida-ku) to the client. The situation will be shown on the screen of the venue in a live broadcast. The client draws a text or drawing instead of the price and gives it to the delivery person.
Date: December 14, 2019 (Sat) 17:30-19:30
Cooperation: AOKI Akira
 
Fantasia! Fantasia!: A community where lifestyles are made real
Date: November 20,(Wed) – December 20,(Fri) 2019
With this project we will develop a “learning forum” through tie-ups with cultural hubs around the Bokuto area (the northern part of Sumida City in eastern Tokyo), and through art-based thinking. We will use the implementation and verification of the project’s learning programs to think about the creativity needed for well-being, and to consider the value of local cultural resources from a moderate perspective.
https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/en/what-we-do/creation/hubs/fantasia-fantasia/30841/
 
Open studio dates:
November 23, 2019 (Sat) 10:00-17:00
December 6, 2019 (Fri) 13:00-20:00
December 14, 2019 (Sat) 10:00-17:00
Venue: sheepstudio (3-20-9 Kyojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Price: Free
Organizers: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Arts Council Tokyo, Ureshii Yokan
Cooperation: sheepstudio AIR
https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/ja/events/39904/
 
Learning Lab # 05
“Search things “in Sumida”
Date: December 21, 2019(Sat) 15:00-17:00
Price: Free
 
 
“Stand Play vol.3”
 
Walk around the area with the audience and Takahashi ‘Taka Khan’ Seiji’s guide around Osaka, and collect “Hyper popular art Stand Play” by shooting with a smartphone and description of the situation at the city.
 
Date : 2019. January 12  19:00-22:00 / January 14 12:00-15:00
Venue : Sekai / Osaka City Konohana-ku Shikanjima 2-2-9
 

Hyper Popular Art Stand Play

OLTA develop from 2017 and investigate the phenomena that cause laughter in everyday life.
They will clarify the unconscious gesture of the body that occur in urban life and the random situations brought about by artificially set up temporary street objects.

 

“Stand play vol.7 Tekiya quoits” theca(honkbooks)2020

“Stand Play vol.6 New Year's first sale by sandwich man” Kyoto, Osaka 2020年

“Stand play vol.5 Delivered by Uber Eats” sheep studio 2019

“Stand Play vol.3” Sekai, Osaka City Konohana-ku 2019

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Exchange program in Taitung, Taiwan / KAWAMURA Kazuhide

2019 / KAWAMURA Kazuhide

KAWAMURA Kazuhide participate in the CRAFT TAITUNG CREATOR EXCHANGE PROGRAM, an exchange program for Kapo (Kanazawa Art Port) and a residence in Taitung, Taiwan, about one month from June 4, 2019.
http://crafttaitung.net

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TRANSMISSION PANG PANG IN ITAEWON

2018 / TRANSMISSION PANG PANG 2017- /

Collaboration with OPEN CIRCUIT
Interview with the people in Itaewon, a city of multinationals, in Seoul, to hear about the culture, history, and ordinary life of the people who moved there. The content of the interview is written on the card with a model of Yunnori, a traditional board game played in Korea, and the game goes on to tell the story of the other people living there.
 
Date: 2018 December  31th, 2019  January 5th
Venue: 5%, 90, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
 
“TRANSMISSION PANG PANG” is a project that examines the ways of tradition and transmission in modern times through the play of board games. Since 2017, “OPEN CIRCUIT”, curating unit based in Seoul, Korea, and OLTA have jointly launched a project and have observed festivals and folk songs in various places. Based on “Snakes and Ladders” familiar in ancient India from acts and songs transmitted from oral history, OLTA and OPEN CIRCUIT produce their own board games, and play board games with audiences by improvisation. The cards used in the game include gestures of festivals and folk songs, tools used for the festival, and actions such as drinking, and the player actually plays while altering various gestures and tools drawn on the drawn cards.
 
 

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TRANSMISSION PANG PANG IN OKINAWA

2018 / TRANSMISSION PANG PANG 2017- /

Collaboration with OPEN CIRCUIT
“TRANSMISSION PANG PANG” is a project that examines the ways of tradition and transmission in modern times through the play of board games. Since 2017, “OPEN CIRCUIT”, curating unit based in Seoul, Korea, and OLTA have jointly launched a project and have observed festivals and folk songs in various places. Based on “Snakes and Ladders” familiar in ancient India from acts and songs transmitted from oral history, OLTA and OPEN CIRCUIT produce their own board games, and play board games with audiences by improvisation. The cards used in the game include gestures of festivals and folk songs, tools used for the festival, and actions such as drinking, and the player actually plays while altering various gestures and tools drawn on the cards.
 
Workshop : Produce the equipment used for the performances.

Date : April 21 2018 14:00-
 
Performance
Date : April 27 2018 18:30-21:00 /April 28 2018 18:30-21:00/April 29 2018 17:00-19:00
Venue : BARRAK, Beach in Okinawa

Venue configuration : BARRAK