3.11. 2012 (Sun.)
Okayama City, Japan



Time table

at Shimoishii Park [map]

10:00 - 16:00 Organic Market
11:30 - 12:00 Flower Ceremony
12:30 - Ambient Parade

at Ishiyama Park [map]
14:00 - 16:00 (After Parade)
Talk&Live concert

at Santa Hall [map]
17:00 - Concert &
Candle Night

at Sanyo Shinbunsha Bld.[map]
19:00 - 23:00 After Party






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311 -A Prayer Gathering for those Lost and the Hope Born-

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TOP | about ICHI@311 | Organic Life Market | Flower Ceremony | Ambient Parade
Extra Events | the Sound of the Earth - Schumann Resonance | Installation Art Area | After Party
Message : About the ceremony of silence / Akira Kuroda
Press Release (English) | Collaborators | Refference | ICHI website (Jp)


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Message

About the ceremony of silence / Akira Kuroda


“We say yes to the imagination.” – Angela Davis

Let’s try an experiment:

In this experiment, try to make every moment new. Where are you now?

It’s all right if there are people around, as long as you have a place to be still for a little while. If you want to close your eyes, have someone read the text for you.

Are you ready?

Then, imagine the following:

You are an alien born on a different star. You have been forever searching for an inhabitable planet and have been travelling from star to star for a terribly long time. It has been a matter of thousands of light years, tens of thousands of light years. You are completely exhausted. You are worn out from travelling in the pitch-black universe to the point that you feel pity for yourself. Your whole body is numb, fatigue has gathered within you like sediment. In the hope that eventually you will arrive somewhere, you travel.

Then, finally.

You landed.

This is a small blue planet. There is fire and water. It is a place, where boulders in beautiful patterns are overgrown with green. In this instant, are there people in front of you? Just like you, they are people who have arrived on this planet after travelling through the darkness.

Now, open your eyes.

If the experiment was successful, an unusual feeling is born inside of you. The somewhat nostalgic, somewhat happy, familiar landscape appears in front of you in a completely different brilliance. If you think this is hard to imagine, rest your attention on the weight inside your body. There must be something like your feet are tired from walking too much or your body is heavy from eating too much for lunch. Close your eyes and feel that weight. Suppose that is the feeling of exhaustion after traveling tens of thousands of years through the universe. That’s all? You might think it strange. It should be a harsher feeling? That might be true. But in reality, we’re not traversing the universe. We’re definitely never going to actually experience that feeling. If you think “not true,” then stay with that feeling until you can fully taste it. What might the feeling of forever travelling in search of a place where you belong actually be like? To find the answer, we use our imaginations.

Now, try imagining again.

If some absurdly sad thing happened to your body, what level of sadness would that actually be? It’s not necessary to feel that sadness itself. Only, in the event that something sadder than you can imagine were to occur to your body, how sad would you be?

Try feeling these thoughts for a little while.

In silence. Close your eyes and let your heart quiet down.

Let’s feel that together.

Everyone holds the potential to feel the same great sadness you can. But at the same time, even if that sadness poured into your body, your ability demonstrates that people exist who think the same thing could have happened to them and who with that power of imagination can draw close to you. Just like you right now, as you try to feel a great imaginary sadness. There are many people like that in this world.

You might think that what has been lost at any given time is far too great to carry. That might evoke a reflexive fear. That’s because death may be thought of as a dark hole that tries to swallow us. But realizing that that is constantly near us is not bad for us. It shouldn’t be scary, because right now, you are alive.

We are resonating together.

Your thoughts are my thoughts.

In this brief duration of silence, let’s feel that together.

Thank you for reading this.
Akira Kuroda

Akira Kuroda

Akira Kuroda, born 1977 grew up in suburbs of Chiba, Japan. Studied Media Studies in University of Brighton in Britain. While studying abroad, Kuroda awarded Bungei Award for her first novel; Made in Japan. Also in 2003, selected as a candidate of Mishima Yukio Award with her second novel; Everyday An Empty Page(Sekai No Hajimaru Asa). After the graduation, Kuroda tried a couple of jobs before becoming a freelancing translator and writer.

Tumblr: The Cloud of Unknowing
http://akirakuroda.tumblr.com/

 



TOP | about ICHI@311 | Organic Life Market | Flower Ceremony | Ambient Parade
Extra Events | the Sound of the Earth - Schumann Resonance | Installation Art Area | After Party
Message : About the ceremony of silence / Akira Kuroda
Press Release (English) | Collaborators | Refference | ICHI website (Jp)