The Magic Piper of Ishinomaki



With the support of Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site (Japan) and financed with a grant provided by Project DE. / MO. MOVIN’UP


→ Video, color, sound, 6’85’’ LOOP
2013


EN
The video The Magic Piper of Ishinomaki was shot two years after the tsunami of 2011 in Ishinomaki, a coastal town - 100 km far from the nuclear power station of Fukushima Dai-ichi. The work develops around the action of a Japanese musician and performer. By walking, the musician traces a path in a post-apocalyptic landscape and improvises a melody with a flute. No human being crosses his way. As in a ritual, the piper stops in front of buildings, streets and monuments altered by the catastrophe. The improvised music becomes the soundtrack of the landscape and the expression of the emotional state of the musician. Therefore, the performer establishes a relationship with the place and transfers this feeling to the listener.
On a more symbolic level, the sound like the radioactivity propagates in the air: invisible to the human eye but detectable in the body.

IT
Il video The Magic Piper of Ishinomaki, girato due anni dopo il grande tsunami a Ishinomaki, a 100 km dalla centrale nucleare di Fukushima, si sviluppa intorno a un'azione eseguita da un performer e musicista giapponese. Indossando una tuta anti-radiazioni, un pifferaio improvvisa una melodia tracciando un percorso all’interno di un paesaggio post-apocalittico. Senza incontrare alcun essere umano, il musicista sosta dinnanzi a edifici, strade e monumenti alterati dalla catastrofe, come in un rituale. Il tempo è scandito dalle note del flauto e dai passi dell’uomo. La musica improvvisata riflette lo stato emotivo del performer in relazione al paesaggio e diventa colonna sonora del paesaggio stesso, trasferendo il sentimento d’empatia dal performer al fruitore.
A livello simbolico, i suoni prodotti dal flauto, così come le scorie radioattive presenti nella zona dove il video è stato girato, invisibili all’occhio umano ma percepibili attraverso il corpo, si trasmettono per via aerea.

The Magic Piper of Ishinomaki -PREVIEW, 1st MINUTE- .

ryts monet, The magic piper found in Ishinmaki, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, Ishinomaki
THE MAGIC PIPER OF ISHINOMAKI, still from video
ryts monet, The magic piper of Ishinmaki, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, Ishinomaki
THE MAGIC PIPER OF ISHINOMAKI, still from video
ryts monet, The magic piper of Ishinmaki, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, Ishinomaki
THE MAGIC PIPER OF ISHINOMAKI, still from video
ryts monet, The magic piper of Ishinmaki, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, Ishinomaki
THE MAGIC PIPER OF ISHINOMAKI, installation view at Gallery COEXIST-TOKYO, February 2014, Tokyo