DAILY LIFE Asia 2016
In this project, Jun Kitazawa conceives of a new art project based on his experience residing long-term in an Asian country with a different culture from Japan, for the purpose of thoughtfully gaining a sense of daily life there and using this understanding as a basis for research into the cultural background and social circumstances of the country. Over the course of one year, with Jakarta as his base of operations, he researches the lives of the peoples living on the Indonesian islands of Java, Sulawesi, and Bali while organizing his ideas. Additionally, he produces the archival work “DAILY LIFE,” which contains a variety of information including events during his stay in Jakarta, discoveries at the places he conducts research, and the ideas developed leading up to the conception of his art projects. Using one page for each day, he makes a collage of fragments for that day, including his journal, receipts, photographs, sketches, and things he picks up along the way. Ultimately, he assembles one year’s worth of collages into a booklet that totals around 300 pages in length. Through the sum total of his activities there, he hopes to re-evaluate his art projects in Japan and search for new possibilities by interacting with the actual practitioners of society-involved art that has been conducted so vigorously in Jakarta. He also re-evaluates his own methods of expression in the broadest sense, such as language and behavior, from an “everyday” perspective, without relying only the techniques of expression he has previously used primarily in his art projects in Japan.