Shiro and Oni Ko 白氏與鬼子
Shoji and Single-channel video ( 9'01" ) / 和紙門、單頻道錄像 ( 9分01秒 )
Size Variable / 視場地尺寸而定
( Installation view of Shiro and Oni Ko, Gunma, 2014 )
Oni Ko (O)： Finally, it rained last night.
It cooled everything down.
Otherwise it was so stuffy inside – there was almost mildew!
Shiro (S)： Yeah, this year is really hot.
It gets hotter, year after year.
I really want to soak in the Sambagawa every day.
O： I heard that you came back at the beginning of the month.
How are things at home?
How is your mother ?
S： Thank you so much for your concern.
Mother's body is still health, but she can’t work in the fields as she did before.
Last time I came back, I took her on a boat trip from Yokohama to Kyoto.
O： I'm glad to hear that.
In recent years, there are less people in this village.
Last time I heard you say some foreigners had settled here.
What’s happening with that now?
O： All of the old people in the village.
are always talking about him.
They say: After the American came here,
many foreigners came to visit.
It has caused a lot of commotion.
Some local residents have complained.
They say: There’s no difference between how foreigners talk
and motorcycles screeching in the late night.
S： Oh...What time are we living in!
It’s not the Meiji period.
Besides Meiji Restoration lasted hundreds of years.
Capitalism opened the door to this country a long time a ago.
Although we have lost some things.
But we’ve also received some of benefit from it, isn't that so?
All in all, more opening up will bring development!
(Hey...Is it my turn?)
O： .....(She sat there in silence for a long time)
S： Ah...It’s your turn!
What's the matter?
You are always good at bickering with me.
But now you don’t want speak to me?
O： I'm sorry...
Just let me remember that fire...
S： I'm so sorry, to make you remember painful memories.
That was a tragedy ....
O： No...Don't blame yourself.
At that time no one knows.
The earthquake happened in the middle of the night.
Tokyo bore the the quake’s full brunt.
A candle was toppled by the shaking,
The fire spread to the door and shoji, and the tatami burned instantly.,
The thick smoke choked the nose, and people began to panic and run out of the hotel.
The hotel turned into a raging inferno very quickly.
I had taken part in a Bon Festival dance that day,
I was very tired and was asleep, I noticed nothing beyond the situation...
S： I heard that there were a few people who didn’t escape?
O： Because of the festival, the hotel was fully booked.
Most of the victims were smothered by heavy smoke.
Only a few people survived. I’m so sorry, Unfortunately, I couldn’t ...
S： Please don't blame yourself, Accidents can’t be predicted.
But now, disaster happens too quickly.
The 311 earthquake also caused damage so far around the country,
Destruction of nuclear proportions is really beyond the human imagination.
O： That is because we believe that the progress of civilization is towards a better future.
But that is not the case. The country has been going towards modern development:
it is the era of the changes in my time. Economic, military, diplomatic and ideological
had innovations that today have affected the country’s development.
The result of the national policy of opening up let the country and
the world work simultaneously,
But after experiencing the world war and the economic bubble,
should we rethink our relationship between the personal and world?
And not only through the perspective of nation or ethnicity,
I mean just thinking of the "human being" simply,
About our possible sustainability with civilization and nature.
S： You are really beginning to moralize.....(Smile)
However in the end, the relationship between civilization and nature still subtle!
In your time we didn’t have nuclear power, There was no problem of nuclear disaster.
But natural disasters had an impact in other ways.
In my time there is no danger of the candle,
but because of the advancement of nuclear energy problems can be more catastrophic.
Perhaps I should correct that sentence:
The opening up does not necessarily bring progress,
But we can have more choices.
O： I couldn’t agree more!
S： Haha .... We’ve finally reached a consensus.
O： Oh...come on! The chirping of cicadas!
I think I should leave now... I need to find a way home with the lantern!
S： Ah! Don’t rush away! Is it game of chess have to stay until next year?...