nobody e-mailed me today either i dooon’t like milk my little home The children here are patients with a Japanese culture-specific syndrome called “Culture-bound syndrome”, the symptoms of which include a fear of people (Taijin-kyoufusho) and eating disorder. Having them wear their large white parkas from head to toe, I have tried to express the barrier in their minds [...]


nobody e-mailed me today either


i dooon’t like milk


my little home

The children here are patients with a Japanese culture-specific syndrome called “Culture-bound syndrome”, the symptoms of which include a fear of people (Taijin-kyoufusho) and eating disorder.

Having them wear their large white parkas from head to toe, I have tried to express the barrier in their minds that causes them to try to avoid contact with other people. Instead of being placed at the spotlighted center of the exhibition hall, most are placed in corners, behind pillars, or on the ceiling, where they are not noticeable, to show their shyness. Their hesitant gazes and gestures towards their audience, however, seems to be an expression of their wish to communicate with others. They are in fact interested in us, yet never try to approach us. Seeing the little girl’s frustration at not knowing how to communicate, you may feel she is adorable. At the same time, however, you may also feel isolated from her, someone who is not far away at all but always stays away from you.

another book i spent ten minutes in a bookstore thumbing before deciding i really must buy the thing - supercute sculptures by ryoichi yamazaki - many more examples on the artist’s web site - the titles are half the pleasure for me, as they are phrases i use myself often - “i hate everything” - “i don’t feel like it” - “i’m not coming out!” - “i didn’t do anything today, as usual” - “please don’t talk about difficult things, like politics” (exactly trevor! says konomi) - probably some nara inspiration here but a hundred times better imho


Posted: 2009-08-31 11:45:02Author:trevor brown