/ The Future She Saw was Our Present

Artist

Introduction


2015 Four channel video installation, Color
18:52”
Courtesy of the Artist and Daisuke Miyatsu
 
 
 
In his work The Future She Saw was Our Nowadays (2015), Fuyuki Yamakawa (1973 ~) wore a mask of the legendary model Sayoko Yamaguchi (1949 ~ 2007) as he wandered and danced inside the quarantine zone around Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant. The performance created associations with “Noh,” a dance-form that serves as a “device for communication with the Afterlife.” The Well Cradle (Izutsu), a classic Noh play written by Zeami, features the spirit of a woman who had been waiting for her husband that never came back. Yamaguchi’s choreography resembled the dance performed by the spirit as if both a woman and man are in one body. The dance of the possessed performed by Yamakawa in The Future She Saw was Our Nowadays is not a requiem or remembrance between the living and the afterworld. Instead, it alludes to the link between radiation invisible to the naked eye and what blocks our exposure to that radiation.


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Oceans, Oceans, Oceans...
Where do these oceans lead to?
Do they lead all the way to where you are?
The Shioyasaki lighthouse is still at its old place.
The rock at Misaki Park, too, is still where it always was.
But now They’re building a breakwater, so one can’t go down to the beach anymore.
When I looked up to the sky, I saw a flock of migratory birds flying eastward.
I wonder if those birds can fly all the way to where you are…
Can you hear my voice?
Can you hear our voices?
The future that you have seen was our present.
“Nuclear power: the energy for a bright future”
“Reconstruction support measures are being planned regarding the Olympic torch relay and camps in the disaster-affected area prior to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Fukushima governor Sato requested that the Olympic torch be carried along National Route 6(Hamadori), as an opportunity for the world to witness the present recovered state of Fukushima. Agreements assuring further cooperation toward the Olympic Games have been made.”
Paths, Paths, Paths…
Where do these paths lead to?
Do they lead all the way to where you are?
“This is a disaster prevention announcement for Tomioka, issued by Tomioka Town. The entry permission for all areas in Tomioka ends at 3:00 pm. The retractable barricades at the entry points to the difficult-to-return zone will be closed, so please make sure to leave the town by 3:00 pm. This is a disaster prevention announcement for Tomioka.”
The future described in that book – what is it like?
Will there be another terrible accident?
Invisible to the eye.
Invisible to the ear.
Untouchable to the hand.
We are searching for to you.
Spring will be here soon.
Fukushima mon amour
“Genshiryoku Unso(Nuclear Transport)” – or… “Senso(War)”.
The future described in that book – what is it like?
Will there be another terrible accident?
What is it that you’ve seen on that shore?
Memory…is shielded.
Hope…is shielded.
Words…are shielded.
The future…is shielded.
Iodine Cesium Plutonium Strontium Americium Ruthenium Yttrium Zirconium Cerium Neptunium Curium Barium Praseodymium Neodymium Tellurium Xenon Antimony Molybdenum
That park is still there.
But the wall of the open-air concert stage is gone, swept away by the wave.
Can you hear my voice?
Can you hear our voices?
We are searching for you.
Security zone
planned evacuation zone
evacuation preparation zone
difficult-to-return zone
residence limitation zone
evacuation order lift preparation zone
In which of these are you now?

Paths, Paths, Paths…
Where do these paths lead to?
Do they lead all the way to where you are?
The power plants is still there.
But the reactors are in a cold shutdown condition they say.
Two officers wearing white masks came walking toward me as soon as they noticed me.
One of them said, “The area beyond this point is off limits. What’s your name? And what did you come for here for?”
I replied, “My name is Sayoko Yamaguchi, and I came here to meet myself.”
The officer said, “You’re not allowed to go any further, not even to look inside. Please stop filming immediately.”
So we stopped filming.

Oceans, Oceans, Oceans...
Where do these oceans lead to?
Do they lead all the way to where you are?
What is it that you’ve seen on that shore?
The future described in that book – what is it like?
Some day… will there be another terrible accident?
Some day… will see you again?
Until the day we meet again, we will be here, living our own “today”.
March 2015, From Hamadori with love.

“ The Future She Saw was Our Present “, Fuyuki Yamakawa,18:52minutes,Single channel video,Colour,2015© SNOW Contemporary