Focus: community, ecology
Medium: film, interactive media, community interaction
Location: Setouchi Triennale, Megijima, Japan
In the Summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to lead an amazing team — Suhee Kang, Johann Barbie, Song E Lee — along with nearly fifty Japanese volunteers in a project combining art, technology, and community interactions.
During two months as artists in residence at the Setouchi International Triennale, our team explored the connection between community and ecology on this small Japanese island of Megiima, getting to know the 30 families and the story of their cultural and ecological history.
The project saw us producing video, portraiture, and landscape imagery based on the lore of the villagers and their connection to the land, media which was merged with agricultural and geographical data to create an interactive documentary that built on the project’s key ideas of human:nature connectivity.
On this island, in the liminal space between historical and contemporary Japan, the interactive documentary, along with a regional natural agriculture conference organized by our team and Aichi University of the Arts, helped visitors and islanders re-imagine roles within the vital social and ecological support systems of community and agriculture.
July 20 — August 18
Setouchi International Triennale
MEGI House and Ryusen-So
Megi-cho, Takamatsu, Japan
August 25 — September 8
Aichi University of Arts Museum
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
This project and software development is entirely open-source and available to the public. Our source code in development is available at: https://github.com/johannbarbie/MegijimaWebApp
Portraits, Landscape + Application Interface
Team at Work on Megijima
Exhibition and Community Forum
Patrick Lydon (USA) – Project Leader, Filming, Landscape Photography
Suhee Kang (Korea) – Portrait Photography
Johann Barbie (Germany) – Software Development
Songyi Lee (Korea) – Social Design
Professor Isao Suiz (Aichi University of Art), Ross McLean (Edinburgh College of Art), Ikumasa Hayashi, Kei Toh, Patrice Milillo, and Setouchi’s Team Koebi.
This project is arranged through a partnership between The University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland), Aichi University of Arts (Japan), with help from the Setouchi International Triennale.