暮らしのモンタージュ|Living Montage

Introduction

"Margin of Knowledge"
and "Montage of Sensitivity"

   In this project, we record scenes of researchers exploring how people and nature are related to each other against the background of human society with various problems by interposing artists between the area and researchers.
   On the field work site, you can discover many "potential for the formation of future society" in various lives. It is very important for us to reconsider the "potential" that has been positioned as "margin" of research results as a living resource or discovery and finding its value.
   Then, we will explore ways to incorporate into art and culture as a new expression including both academic research and social implementation in the scope of view by "Montage of Sensitivity" crossing the field focusing on "Margin of Knowledge".
   Therefore, through the project activities, we would like to create a method to produce a "place" that shares "Margin of Knowledge" that we can find in our lives while inducing cross-catalytic restructuring of different cultures and experts of researchers and artists.
   So far, we have filmed in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Vietnam, Indonesia, East Timor, Japan and other places, mainly in the field of researchers belonging to Research Institute for Humanity and Nature(RIHN).

 1. New model of the visual media expression and viewing experience
 2. Educational resource as a "tool box" that can be freely utilized
 3. Platform on the web
 4. Support activity
 
1. New model of the visual media expression and viewing experience
   We will explore the balance between cultural records and artistic expressions by utilizing the recorded images of the field work and express the sensitivity and thought of researchers and people, diverse living, culture and tradition. Artifacts will be widely released at galleries, movie theaters, museums and others.
   Furthermore, we are presenting it not only as an existing format but as a new model of the visual media and viewing experience, focusing on "documentation" to make the "margin of knowledge" a live one.
 
2. Educational resource as a "tool box" that can be freely utilized
   We summarize our research results as a "device that makes use of images" that communicates knowledge of specialized areas in a multifaceted manner. And artists and researchers jointly develop educational resources as a "tool box" that people can freely use at the education site. Through these activities, we aim to establish a new research leading to Citizen Science, which has overcome the specialized field on educational activities to learn jointly with people and nature.
   In addition, we will utilize the characteristics of the video media that we can share the research process, and we will continue to provide visual feedback from stakeholders.
 
3. Platform on the web
   In order to share the results of the project widely, we will post articles related to field research, sales of goods related to support activities, and works on the web by related artists. Furthermore, we will indirectly encounter people through the "place" on the net and use it as a platform to realize various ideas.
 
4. Support activity
   In this project, we will also conduct activities that will help to solve various problems at individual sites. As an important matter in building relationships with people all over Asia and Africa with problems such as poverty, there are support activities for their living. For example, there are sales channel formation and brand formation that make use of image materials to support the creation of spice crop-based living in fragile environment of Tanzania mountains.

風人土学舎
   A general incorporated association "風人土学舎" and "Living Montage" will work in cooperation with each other. As for "風人土学舎", details will be released at a later date.


Overall view of the project "Living Montage"


the beginning of the project

   The main reason for the start of this project is that I produced the documentary film The Garden in Movement *1 which recorded the activities of the French gardener Gilles Clément. To do as much as possible with, as little as possible against - this is the attitude of Gilles Clément as a gardener. As if to embody that word, I took a close look at Clément and filmed him talking, walking, eating, laughing, observing and doing garden work.

Even on a single trip, you capture the balance of the scenery seen there.
From the various doors hidden in the landscape to the garden.
That door is open only for those who are not afraid of torn view of the landscape.
Spread the truths like bread scattered on the cooktop.
But do not leave any truth tears apart, to understand the whole thing.
According to one hypothesis, unexpectedly combine them.
Oppose the tendency to stay.
Leave the creation to happen.
For one creation, another creation will continue.
Along with evolution.

Gilles Clément, Le Jardin en Mouvement


   This is the text of Clément in the end of Le Jardin en Mouvement *2. If you replace "garden" in this word with "image", you can hear it like a proverb for the project "Living Montage" as it is. We travel around the world and make various landscapes ahead of us. For us who are not living in that place, encounters with the landscape may be only one time. So we will point the camera to the landscape so as not to miss that one time moment. Then unexpectedly combine image materials like scrap scattered on the cooking table according to the hypothesis. We aim for Living Montage to become a colorful rich place someday like Clément's garden.

Kenichi Sawazaki
Representative director of Living Montage
Artist/Videographer



*1 A Kenichi Sawazaki (2016), The Garden in Movement, France-Japan, 85minutes
*2 Gilles Clément (2007/2008), Le Jardin en Mouvement, Sens & Tonka,

Message

   We are constantly meeting each other.

   When we are doing field research in Asia, Africa and Japan, we encounter the scenery of various people and living and the feeling spreading there. They are not all beautiful. We sometimes touch the vivid reality, malice, and deep sorrow that may make us want to turn my eyes away. We will keep an eye out on them and listen to the story. Sharing the food with local people and having a day of happiness, we remember them many times. Touching people's joy and excitement, we make our heart excite. People who plow the field and plant trees feel the warmth of the soil and the intensity of rain. People who do fishing know the phases of the moon, read the tide and enjoy interactions with whimsical nature. People heat up the past and try to see the future. There is the essence of things that you should not forget to reflect the way we are.

   Everyone is a researcher. Everyone is an artist. That natural thing is about to be forgotten now. As researchers and experts who are self-conscious of their division of work and specialization are enlisting armor of esoteric terms and phrases, the hearts of people are quietly getting away from that. We would like to remember once again that people(that is, everyone of us) are researchers and artists. Once again, we encounter people's livelihoods and scenery of mind and want to be conscious of what we talk about in simple words.

   "Living Montage" is the outline emerging in many encounters. We do not know yet what kind of form it will be and what kind of contents it will be filled in. Perhaps it begins by communicating feelings.

Ueru Tanaka
Director of Living Montage
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature/Hue University

Organizer


Living Montage


Organizer
Living Montage(General Incorporated Association)
Kawami-bldg.203, 12 Shimogamo-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto, 606-0862, JAPAN
E-mail: info.livingmontage@gmail.com
Representative Director
Kenichi Sawazaki(Artist/Videographer)
Director
Ueru Tanaka(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature/Hue University)
Researchers
involved in the project
Shun Ishiyama(National Museum of Ethnology)
Emmanuel Marès(Associate fellow at the Nara National Institute for Cultural Properties)
Takao Shimizu(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Rika Shinkai(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Masashi Suda(Global Environmental Forum)
Masahiro Terada(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Yutaka Mimura(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Hidetoshi Miyazaki(Global Environmental Forum)
Artist/Designer
involved in the project
Aki Isokawa(Designer)
Masae Kariya(Artist)
Stifani Brothers(Italian Film Makers & Performers)
Sangsun Bae(Artist)
Michael Whittle(Artist)
Shinichi Wade(Artist)
Grant
The Toyota Foundation