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Collected Remembrance -Fieldart in Yatsuo-
Field Art 003

Documentation Video (on YouTube)

1. OVERVIEW

In “Collected Remembrance” Project, the artist interviewed local residents about stories that have fade or disappeared with the lapse of time and reconstruct them for a time-space mapping system.

Yatsuo in Toyama prefecture is known all over the country for “Kaze-no-Bon” which is a traditional festival, yet there have been some issues such as the inheritance of tradition and depopulation. By interviewing local residents and editing a sound map, the continuity and discontinuity of local history will be documented.

In the installation, a programmed three-dimensional map is projected onto a screen. Participants can listen to experiences of local residents in Yatsuo, walking through the time-and-space map like virtual reality by manipulating a custom interface.
Finally, diverse memories and feelings are collected and reconstructed onto the map.

2. SOFTWARE

This custom software using the time-and-space mapping system can build an archive.
Time axis is displayed as layers, and old maps on the layers are located at ten-year intervals (1937 to 2007). If the information, time and location, is input into a custom database, a yellow circular object representing the interviewed voice is automatically displayed onto to the time-and-space map.

3. INTERFACE

Time goes back by pushing the controller of the interface, and goes forward by pulling it. Furthermore, by panning the controller (right, left, up, down), the viewpoint of the map horizontally and vertically moves. By this means, the participants can intuitively move through the time-and-space map. Then, if the yellow object passes the white center circle, the interview can be listened.

4. PROCESS

This project was presented at an elementary school in Yatsuo, Toyama.

4.1. Interviewee

Local residents who now live in Yatsuo had been interviewed. Wide range of generations from the lower grade of elementally school students to 80’s people was selected to know the time difference of experiences. In addition, participants of the exhibition were also interviewed. Over 50 residents in Yatsuo finally joined.

4-2. Interview Detail

Two questions are asked to interviewees. One is an oral interview(A – figure1), the other is drawing(B – figure2).

A.
Please tell the most memorable incident that had happened in Yatsuo. When and where did it happen? It does not matter whether it was a good or bad memory, yet has to be an actual incident that had happened in specific point of time and space.
When you recall it, what kind of feeling do you have?
(After the interview, interviewees marked the point where that incident happened on the map of Yatsuo)

B.
Interviewees were asked to select one of old maps from 1937 to 2007 by Geographical Survey Institute, and draw a place where they had played with friends and shops where they went (items they bought too). The time of map had to be the age when the interviewee was in elementally school.

Collected interviews were shortened (about 15 seconds), and registered into a database with the information of time and location. Custom software fetches the information of the interviews and locates it as yellow objects in the 3d map space.

figure1
figure2

5. TECHNICAL INFORMATION

5-1. System

Software: software written in objective-C
OS: Mac OS X 10.4.8

5-2. Hardware

MacPro
Custom Interface (including SpaceNavigator)
Monitor Cable (15 meters)
Video Projector (over 4,000 lumens projectors are preferable)

5-3. Space Requirements

5 by 7meter sized floor and approx. 4meter of the ceiling is preferable.

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