This photograph from the New York Times, taken just after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, both terrifies and inspires. The image shows a scene of human resilience in the face of complete destruction. In the middle of the hellish scene stands a mother, baby on her back, preparing a meal in an outside makeshift kitchen. Two men sit by her side, eating. In the background a pile of drift wood spontaneously recreated a wave, reminiscent of Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print. The image could be taken out of a Murakami novel. It’s both absurd and completely normal. Over the past years I’ve often fantasized about recreating this scene.
During the 4 day workshop we will recreate this iconic image in a real-size 3-dimensional installation. We will discuss together how to achieve this and with what tools and materials. And since the image shows a kitchen, we will also cook and eat inside of the installation.