I have visited Japan, and also Tokio, in 2009 and 2010 for working stays and artistic research, and my interest in the Japanese culture is still growing.
During my stay, I want to investigate Japanese images and myths dealing with natural forces and the problem of human control over them. The power of natural forces and the antagonistic power of human technique, which can turn into a curse, has been again and again painfully felt by Japanese people, recently in March 2011 and still, but also many times before.
I am interested in the clash between nature and human control, and also in the struggle with controlling human drives. Such is e. g. reflected in ukiyo-e-woodprints, in Kabuki-theater, and in oral narrations and folklore tales, for example about ghosts in Shinto and Buddhist religion, and also in popular culture like Manga-tales. These tales can give an insight in collective fears and desires.
Based on a collection of stories and material gathered during my stay, I want to develop drawings and spatial paper structures, which incorporate and transform the essence of those myths about natural forces, and make them palpable in physical space.
Within the programme of Tokio Wondersite, I want to create a dialogue with the art community of Tokio, and also with people from other fields. During my stay, I hope to learn from Japanese culture and art. I also hope that my work can provide aesthetic experiences which can overcome the restrictions of culture and space, which divide individual human beings.