I Live in Fear - Record of a Living Being After March 11
The artist-duo Fischer and el Sani produce video works employing a wide range of modes and methods, including documentary, film, and photography, focusing on architectural structures and places that have lost their original purpose due to changes in social and political systems, and on history, memory, and complex web of human emotions tied to these locations. Fischer & el Sani have participated in residence programs and international exhibitions throughout the world, including in Japan, and have exhibited work that delves into recent Japanese history. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, they created Spirits Closing Their Eyes (2012), a work dealing with a physical and psychological state of emergency – following the continual nuclear disaster in Fukushima – which oscillates between actual threat and subtle changes in
For their new work for the Aichi Triennale 2013, I Live in Fear - Record of a Living Being After March 11, Fischer and el Sani invited fugitives who escaped from the aftereffects of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, residents of Aichi Prefecture and actors to a screening of Kurosawa Akira’s film I Live in Fear (or Record of a Living Being) (1955) to re-evaluate Kurosawa’s concern after the nuclear weapon tests on Bikini Atoll in the ’50s. The screening was followed by a discussion and improvisation workshop that focused on the exploration of fears and uncertainties surrounding the nuclear catastrophe and threat of radiation.
Ida Shihoko, Curator, Aichi Triennale 2013 / and the artists