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MASAKI KONO/河野真輝

BA (Hons) Art and the Environment

As a Japanese student studying BA (Hons) Art and the Environment from my home country since the start of the pandemic, I am interested in national identity and the differences between Japan and the UK.

 

My video in the Degree Show uses subliminal stimuli and incorporates aspects of collage. The work aims to investigate national identity by using elements such as British and Japanese sign language, as well as sound samples, for example greetings and national anthems. From my own country I have been influenced by Shinto, Buddhism and Japanese pop culture, but my practice has also been inspired by how my time studying ‘in’ the UK has created an interesting blend between British and Japanese culture. The philosophers and authors that have inspired me are even more international: in particular Erich Fromm, Gustave Le Bon and George Orwell and their analyses of capitalism and the gap between group identity and individual personality.

Masaki Kono

Satori Story

 私の作品は、あまり日常では重要視しないナショナルアイデンティティを再考することを目的に作られました。まず、「スクリーンは彫刻になるのでは?」という仮定のもとビデオを作ることを決めました。構成としては、パンデミックから今日にいたるまでの日本からイギリスとのオンラインでのコミュニケーションからくる気持ちと経験「伝わらないもどかしさ」「喜び」「イギリスにいた頃の懐かしさ」「会話している相手と同じ場所で会話しているようなリアル感はあるが違う場所にいる幻感」が基になっています。また、製作にあたり「いつでも、どこでも、誰でも」というコンセプトから思考しテストを重ねてきました。そのためにビデオが最適だと思いました。私の作品は主にメインの日本の映像とイギリスで撮影や録音された写真や音などの素材からなる2つに分けられます。これは、違う環境に置かれている時に馴染みのあるものを見ると安心した経験を基にしています。コミュニケーションの探求に従いモーラス信号、手話、言語など異なる素材を用いました。

 

この作品を制作、展示にあたり講師陣、スタッフ、生徒の皆様の援助があり完成しました。お礼申し上げます。

 

河野真輝

With my work, I hope to encourage people to rethink the notion of national identity which we do not normally consider. I decided to create a video which follows a hypothesis that the screen can become a sculpture. The structure is based on my experience of online communication from Japan to the UK during the pandemic. During this time, my feelings such as being glad that others understood what I said, having stress with difficulties with the online environment, and the nostalgia which experienced staying in the UK, all developed a sense of reality. In this metaverse, I experienced a contrast of having communication in real time, an illusion. The idea of illusion being in different places and in different time zones. On top of that, I considered “Every time, any time, everywhere.” With this in mind, I focused on a concept so I thought that video is a suitable or perhaps ideal medium for my project. My work mainly separates two approaches, scenes which are taken in Japan and ingredients which I recorded such as sounds and images in the UK. This idea comes from my experience in which people feel comfortable in unfamiliar locations when they find familiar things which are related to national identity. I used various approaches, for instance, morse code, sign language, quote for exploring communication and so on.

 

Creating and installing my work is completed and they are supported by lectures, staffs and students. I am grateful for your support and kindness.

Masaki Kono