Meeting with light in the darkness I wonder if light is perhaps the opposite of silence. Could light be sound that reveals itself to itself? A particle is a microcosm and always spins. If true, space could be a melody to which we align, a structure by which we behave, a pattern in which we fall into place?
Departing from this questionable division between nature and culture I set out to meet with the small volcanic, subtropical Islands and their native inhabitants. In intense collaboration with local communities in the outmost Northern and Southwestern Islands of Japan, I was able to Investigate how landscapes manifest themselves in the way we (inter)act, behave and remember – make ‘culture’. With a focus on the vibration of sound and breath, as well as light and color as instruments for a more profound investigation regarding these structures by which we fall into place.
The people that I was fortunate to meet, offered me shelter, time, and other ways of orienting in the world. They each showed me how the (raw) material and the human being are connected and equally important. How there is no hierarchy of values, both domains are 1 and inseparable’.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all people who I was fortunate to meet and who have generously offered me shelter, time, and other ways of orienting in the world.
This project was made possible with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund, Stichting IONA, The Embassy of the Netherlands and Stichting Stokroos