Recently I’m feeling that the available storage of memory in my brain is full and that I am having trouble memorising new things. Therefore I need to export some of these memories to secure more space for new experiences to solidify, in a similar manner to the way you export data from your laptop to external hard drives. This piece is the first attempt of this idea. First, I made a mind map of important memories in my life along a timeline, then categorised them by which country they originated from. What this revealed was that most things I experienced in my teenage years were from Japan, leading me to create a space in which biographical archiving could occur.
The work archives the manners and customs of Japanese teenage motorcycle gangs called “Bousouzoku” which were most prevalent during the 70’s and 80’s. The animation presents various iconic Bousouzoku images and themes. Particularly, the word “夜露死苦” (more commonly “よろしく”) pronounced “yoroshiku” meaning “hello”, “Nice to meet you” or “best regards”. “夜露死苦” (seen on the left and right hand side of the piece) was created by gathering characters with dark or a negative connotations, such as “夜” meaning “night”, “露” meaning “scantily”, “死” meaning “death” and “苦” meaning “hard”. “yoroshiku” was often used by the gangs at the end of sentences, for example “I never lose a fight! yoroshiku!”.
Despite their appearence, “Bousouzoku” were the primary social problem of the era, they spawned several cultural trends such as “Tokkoufuku”, a special outfit with messages embroidered on it, or ‘Call’ a rhythm made by skilfully operating the throttle and clutch. And perhaps most notably, the accentuated exterior of the motor bikes themselves, commonly customised with larger bodies and kitsch colours. “Bousouzoku” were unprecedented in their originality.
Best Category Prize
Name: Shigetoshi Furutani
Title: Champ Lord
Size: 400 x 225 cm for projecting by a projector
on wall or HD quality monitor (42 inch)
Media: Loop Animation
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2nd Place Prize
Name: Jihoon Son
Title: the sublime onanism
Media: Collage installation with printed watercolour drawings and cardboard cutouts
My works examine fantasy, unrequited love, memories, abandonment, daydreams and fears; shining a light into the darkness of the mental landscape of the human experience. Thus it includes visual interpretations of personal fetishistic experiences and desire, a therapeutic use of the creative process to ease physical and emotional deficiency and encouraging us to explore and question our own mind. Thus my works can be seen playful, melancholy, and at times shocking, I am attempting de-sensitize viewers to the everyday violence of images and reflect the fictions of memory and identity that we construct as we increasingly slip between screen worlds and the real world.
3rd Place Prize
Name: Trevor Childs
Title: Clematis Hue (ltd ed 1/6)
Size: 30.5 x 91.4 x 0.1 cm
(Framed 59 x 120 x 30 cm)
Media: Alternative Photography
An Eiffel Tower view with an optical illusion effect of an other world dipping down from the sky. One will never know if they are looking up or down.
Name: Lindsay Pickett
Title: French Connection
Media: Oil on linen
Name: Taruma Shoko
Size: 22 x 57 x 22 cm
Media: Urushi, styrene foam, agathis, carbon dust, Japanese paper