What Will Begin? October 16, 2002
I walked onto the horserace field again. Dismantling the installations
went smoothly. Everything was gone: the Interzone, Demeter Caf_,
Winter and Horbelt's green tunnel, Kawamata's wooden track, Cai's
UFO, nIALL Caf_, Cine Nomad's tents... The place returned to a
quiet stable area in the horserace field, with birds singing,
autumn grass spreading, and the wind blowing to welcome winter.
Yes, Demeter was over.
try to think what Demeter was about, but I can't really articulate
my thoughts. Demeter at the Obihiro Horserace track ended, however,
I have a strange imagination that Demeter moved on to some other
racehorse track, just like the Ban-ei Horserace. This place makes
me imagine such things...
October 10, I went to a "challenge shop," GATE just
opened on Hironokoji Street in Obihiro, initiated by the Chamber
of Commerce. In this space, Mitsuhiro Kousaka opened an art shop
called FLOW MOTION, which sells Kousaka's art products, various
books, and art goods. As far as I know, there has not been a shop
like this in Obihiro before. I was impressed with its cool atmosphere.
I saw many support staff members who helped with Demeter here
in the shop, and it really makes me happy to realize relationships
created through Demeter will continue to grow. And that is not
all. Many young people, including high school students, have begun
to gather at GATE. I feel something new and different is going
to happen here.
night, I left Obihiro. On the way to the airport, a City Project
artist, Keiko Takada, took me to Aya Tanaka, another City Project
artist's studio. Tanaka is helping to make a new ethnic restaurant
while planning a new art project in the space. Takada is also
planning a new project. There is a movement to continue the Demeter
School as well.
than Shigeaki Iwai's Between the Ears, which will stay at the
Tokachi Pond in Midorigaoka Park after the exhibition period,
Demeter is not, in the physical sense, leaving anything behind
to the community. Demeter exists only in the memories of people.
In reality, it stays "absent." At this point, I cannot
judge whether that is a good thing or not. However, the strong
sense of absence of Demeter in others and me are moving the people
who were once involved in Demeter. I sense that something new
is about to happen in Obihiro in Tokachi.
want to quietly support whatever it is.
by Serizawa Takashi)