4-8 Ueno Park, 2014 - 2015
283 mixed media parts (each 20"×20") as the physical archive of 12 events
Final installation dimensions variable
Hamaguchi built a white cube (12’×12’x12’) with assistance from local carpenters as an event space located in Ueno park — a big public park in Tokyo (the site's address is 4-8, Ueno Park). Hamaguchi lent the space to some performers and event organizers during the year. In total, 12 events were held at the site including, for example, a tea ceremony, sumo match, wine seminar, tarot reading, poll dance, etc. After each event, nothing was removed or cleaned up in preparation for the next event. All of the items used in each event were left to pile up. After all the events were finished, Hamaguchi decomposed the architecture into 283 pieces — each with a dimension of 20"×20". Each piece became an independent object — part of a physical archive derived from the architecture itself, containing all the events’ elements which were held there.
Installation view, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ibaraki, 2015
Photo Credit: Shuichiro Mouri and Motoharu Yagi