Stay, create and present in th heart of Tokyo
Residence Period: 2011.09.25-2011.11.05
During her residency Yamaoka investigated the local history of Akihabara, identifying major landmarks which have now disappeared and examining the function of technology in the area which is renowned as a mecca for electronics. Examining technology from the perspective of "technique" and conveyance, she introduced the rear-car as an early technology developed in Japan, with now adaptations seen all over the world, and which has a particular presence in Akihabara. As her personal work she presented two performances which questioned the limits of public space "Love or not" in which audience members were asked to join a performance shouting insults at each other across the pedestrian crossings around Akihabara, and when the lights turned green crossing to greet each other in the middle of the road with a hug and "Angel Surveillance" a performance taking place in Akihabara station and broadcast via ustream, whereby the artist dressed as a nun prayed before each CCTV camera in the building.
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Examining the cross-section of media technology, public space and civic action mediActions poses a question to the promise of new technologies as activators of social and political change. Visions of the internet and other forms of media as the aggregators of democracy and engagement in civil society have created unfulfillable utopian dreams yet as these media forms construct a new layer of the concrete spaces which we inhabit, can we discover their potential for participation, action and activism?
Based upon these questions mediActions hosted a 6 week artist in residence program including participants from China, India, Indonesia and Japan, engaging in collaboration to investigate how media technologies and our thinking towards them may enable a new activation and inhabitation of the public spaces around us.