Cycling and Exhibition
"200km Cycling, Sanriku and Aceh"
Contemporary artist Atsushi Kadowaki at the age of 50 next January will ride his bicycle 270 km from Sendai via Kesennuma to Otsuchi. In Kesennuma, he will visit Indonesian people of the project01 "Indonesian in Kesennuma". He finish his cycling at Otsuchi Cultural Exchange Center "Oshacchi". The bicycle will be exhibited at the Center with the route map etc.
People and landscapes encountered by cycling will be edited to a film later and screened in various places.
＜Why does he do such a thing? >
When the Great East Japan Earthquake happened, I was in the art hall of Shiga prefecture. I was able to be back to my hometown, Sendai, with the help of various people. The next day after the earthquake, I was able to reach Omiya by train. But the train stopped there. So I bought the second cheapest bicycle at the cycling shop. The mother of the shop took me to Nasushiobara by car. From there I bicycled 200 km to Sendai. Nearly seven years had passed and I felt that I forgot what was that day in 2017. So I brought my bicycle to Aceh, the disaster area of the 2004 Sumatra Earthquake. And I rode my bicycle the same 200 kilometers at that day. I saw that there were completely different form of reconstruction from Tohoku.
This time, I ride my bike from Sendai via Kesennuma to Otsuchi for 270 km along the Sanriku coast. I will make an installation work with my bicycle at Otsuchi Cultural Exchange Center.
We will also edit a film and show people and landscape that we met on the way of cycling. In addition to it, I am also planning to show cycling between Sendai and Iwaki which I rode in March 2018 or cycling between Awajishima and Kobe in January 2019.
・１st day: March 12th Sendai-Onagawa（89km）
My home-Shiogama-Matsushima-Higashi Matsushima-Ishinomaki-Onagawa
・２nd day: Mar 13th Onagawa-Kesennuma（89km）
・３rd day: March 14 Kesennuma-Otsuchi（94km）
＜exhibition＞ Mar 15-17, Otsuchi Cultural Exchange Center "Oshacchi"
Born in 1969 in Sendai, Japan. Graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Language (majoring for Arabic). After working for a steel company he started his career as a painter. But after he joined the art project held in 2003 in Sendai, he began to join or make art projects in various towns like "Togabi Art Project"(Nagano, 2004-06), "GOTEN GOTEN Spa Art Festival"(Miyagi, 2006-08), "Kira Kira Yume Hiroba"(Chiba, 2006-), "ZAWAORLD"(Hokkaido, 2009-11), "Kabukicho 2020"(Tokyo, 2010-), "Ritto Community Art Factory"(Shiga, 2010-11).
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, "Oshiruko Cafe"(support for rebuild community at recovery housing in Sendai, 2012-), "Ishinomaki Hibi Children's Newspaper"(newspaper by and for children, 2012-), "Art Inclusion"(art factory for people with disabilities, 2013-), "STARTohoku"(art label with various expression after the earthquake, 2013-), "Aceh-Japan Community Art Project"(exchanges by art between Indonesia and Tohoku, 2017-)
Born in Hokkaido in 1962. Video artist, producer. After documentary production and video journalist activity, he is pursuing the possibility of interactive video and dialogue from "2002 Japan and Afghan High School Video Telephone Dialogue" after the Afghan War. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, he worked to support information exchange and dissemination of afflicted areas. For the first time in Japan for nationwide television broadcasting one year public access broadcast "East Japan great earthquake · what we can do for our citizens" realized (2011, BS 11). Others "NHK Special / Do you know the current situation in Fukushima" (NHK synthesis 2013) etc. He went to Aceh immediately after the 2004 Sumatra Earthquake. He continues to record video about the tsunami that ended the civil war with the central government or "send information" which makes the negative experience positive. In recent years, he began establishing the method and theory how to share the earthquake disaster structure and the earthquake disaster sharing in the remote place by utilizing the VR image. Director and Secretary General of The Laboratory for Grobal Dialogue.