Having researched the history of coal mines and miners in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, OLTA with this game / playing installation work (the experience can be completed with either one alone, in any order) questions the “gods” believed in and the “labor” dedicated to them in the present Japan, which has passed from the world of mythology to the age of modernization, and has been swept up in the postponed Olympics and the normalized state of emergency after the nuclear accident in Fukushima.
What kind of “mine” is the city in which we live? How do we use and are we made to use our bodies and words, where are we transported to, and what are we digging up and burying there as if that is what our lives are about? The audience inside the theater will be seated inside the installation, and the audience outside the theater will be looking inward through images, both experiencing a journey that opens up a new vision of nature/city/labor.
An artist collective formed in 2009 by six members (Toru Inoue, Kazuhide Kawamura, Takafumi Saito, Yoshiro Hasegawa, Meguninja, and Jang-Chi). In the form of performances, they use their own bodies to question the act of creation, and by extension, the fundamental desires and senses of human beings. Recent performances and exhibitions in which they have participated include Hyper Popular Art Stand Play (2020) and “Aomori EARTH2019: Agrotopia – When Life Becomes Art through Local Agriculture” (2019).