Ubiety

BankART studio NYK, Yokohama

2013 Aritst in Residence Program

Residency period: 20 May ~ 23 July, 2013

 

In my childhood I moved a lot. Each time my surroundings changed so drastically that I could never establish a sense of belonging in any place and this leant uncertainty to my sense of being. This work comes from an idea that returning to places that lie in the centre of my memory might be a key to re-stablising this uncertainty.

Between two glass plates 16 monochrome aerial photographs of the locations, where I lived since my birth up to 2013, are placed in chronological order. On the upper plate I drew the latitude and longitude with white ink, showing the coordinates of each location. Although the coordinates of each place is different, I attempt to emphasize the timeline by connecting the latitudes.

Material: Steel, Glass, Photos, White ink

Size: W70cm×H7.5cm×D280cm

*The origin of ubiety comes from a Latin word “ubi” (which means ‘where’), meaning the quality or state of being in a place. It is similar to a Japanese word shozai – the composition of ‘a place to be (space)’ and ‘existence (time / memory)’-, and currently rarely used in Europe.