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Japanese do seem to be obsessed by food endlessly photographing their meals and we have beenÂ asked to take photos of what we eat in our Northern countries. This is my Fruitarian ChristmasÂ pudding awash with Brandy. I think the Kitakata speciality is noodles!â€ (Photo with permission Su Grierson)
Su Grierson has kindly agreed to send ecoartscotland regular updates during her 10 week residency in Kitakata, Fukushima Province, Japan. Â She is circulating this introduction.
I am now trying to get myself organised to go to Japan next Thursday. I am doing a 10 weekÂ residency based at Kitakata in Fukushima province. It is quite a way from the devastated coastalÂ area but I am told we will be working there and with some of the displaced survivors. The projectÂ is funded by the Japan Foundation but I think the actual programme will be worked out when we getÂ there. It seems we will also be working with the beautifulÂ FukushimaÂ Prefectural Museum of Art. Â I will be working with 2 Norwegians, a sculptor and an architect and one Japanese artist withÂ the overall theme of â€˜Spirit of Northâ€™.
Making work for an exhibition seems to be the main thingÂ but I have a feeling that the very generous funders might have their own expectations which we willÂ find out about later! Watch this space â€“ well you can literally follow my trip by signing up hereÂ to Chris Fremantleâ€™s ecoartscotland network. He has offered to put out occasional reportsÂ from me which you will be able to find here or if youÂ join up then they will come directly to your email address.
I think this project is part of aÂ wider plan trying to restore normal life and spirit generally in this area and also to get aÂ different picture of Fukushima out to the wider world. I am well aware of some of the more negativeÂ recent press, and of course that name Fukushima will always be synonymous with Earthquake, TsunamiÂ and Nuclear meltdown, but I will hopefully try and find out for myself just what the situation isÂ now.
It has just started snowing in Kitakata so its a question of how many thermals I can get inÂ my case, but at least they make good packing for cameras, laptops and all the other paraphernaliaÂ I canâ€™t manage without.
As part of my Survey exhibition and book atÂ HorsecrossÂ in Perth nextÂ summer (Opening with Sunday Brunch on June 30th â€“ all invited!) I have been commissioned to make aÂ new work for the 22 screen Wave at Perth Concert Hall and Iâ€™m hoping to use that as a way ofÂ linking Fukushima and Perth.
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