Embedded Art September 17, 2002
Peter Gabriel created a CD-Rom artwork entitled EVE. When I first
walked into the stable area of the Obihiro Horserace Track, there
I saw the world of EVE. Thus, EVE was my initial vision for the
is a journey. It is organized into four worlds. Each combines
one Peter Gabriel song with the art from one artist to create
a musical and visual framework: Yayoi Kusamas world of Mud,
Helen Chadwicks The Garden, and Cathy De Monchauxs
Profit, and Nils-Udos Paradise.
EVE is Adams journey to look for Eve, who left Paradise,
and the story of the two sexes being reunited.
just wrote four worlds, but I dont mean to say
that they are separated. They are more like four different aspects
of one landscape evolving over a course of time. We can see a
360 degree view, and the view changes as we continue with the
journey. The odyssey begins with a world of mud, and a growing
variety of plants, evolving into the garden. The garden
becomes industrialized and becomes the world of profit.
After ruin, the land revives and returns back to Paradise.
EVE is a game and the journey filled with mysteries. Game players
explore the landscape with Adam and encounter many enigmas. They
have to explore, listen to the words of many people, and collect
art pieces hidden by the artists in the landscape
in order to enter the next phase. As they solve the mysteries,
new gates are opened and the world keeps changing its landscape.
is interesting here is that the world only changes through the
players exploring the landscape, searching and solving many mysteries
embedded in the world. I affects the world and those
changes will affect me. Such endless process of interaction
between spirit and landscape are embodied as a journey.
I saw the world of EVE in the landscape of the horserace track.
I planned to design the contemporary art exhibition Demeter as
a journey. The artworks are embedded in the horserace track and
Demeter becomes a journey for the people to explore.
We embedded art in a landscape. As an exhibition, it is not so
convenient for the audience. They cannot just walk sequentially
through the art works. The audience has to actively look for the
art. The racehorse track has many attractive objects with which
the artists have to work hard to compete. In other words, Demeter
offers us opportunities to ask the question, what is Art?
by Serizawa Takashi)