2012年11月1日木曜日

Warehouse Installation Images - Part 2: The Finished Installation

The Bandai Warehouse installation opened on October 20th and runs through December 16th.  Here are some images from the finished installation.

A view from the front door the night before the entrance wall went up.

The title wall at the installation's entrance.  On the left the names of all the indigo dyers who participated in the project.

Inside the warehouse with actual lighting.

The installation with natural light from the side door.

Backlight indigo cloths.  The cloths were arranged to both emphasize their individual colors and create a sense of the unity of color that binds the farmers, processors, and dyers together in the tradition of Awa Indigo.

The indigo cloths in the natural light by the entrance.  The 247 lengths of cloth used in the project were dyed by 44 professional indigo dyers from throughout Japan.  All of the dyers use the indigo grown and processed in Tokushima.

The list of dyers on the installation's title wall.  The numbers on the list correspond to the numbers recorded on the badges.  People who made badges at any of the six Returning Indigo sites can learn just who dyed the cloth they selected for their badge.

A peak from above all of the indigo cloths!  This is what we saw as we were installing.

Title Wall: Project directed by Rowland Ricketts
Sound by Norbert Herber
One last view from outside the installation with waxing moon. 



Just too funny...

Sudachi-kun (the green-headed fellow) is Tokushima's mascot and is based on the key-lime-like citrus fruit that the region is famous for.

For the weeks leading up to the opening of the Warehouse Installation, the main display case at the Tokushima Capitol building contained this group of Sudachi-kuns making indigo badges!


Check out the details that went into this!  The one on the right is cutting out the circles, while the one on the left is pressing badges.  In the middle they're marking them with the number of the dyer who dyed the cloth, and on the bookshelf in the background there are the first two cards from the project!


Warehouse Installation Images - Part 1: Installing

Many thanks to everyone who helped out with installing the second part of the I am Ai, We are Ai Project!  Thanks to all of you it turned out beautifully!

The Bandai Warehouse before installation started.

A wire grid was stretched across the space and s-hooks were added to suspend the cloth.

The cloth was arranged to create an even distribution of color so that each color could be appreciated on its own while also creating a cohesive whole to reflect the individuals who comprise the tradition of Awa Indigo.

Strings were measured and stitched to each corner to suspend the cloths from the wire grid.  The installation was truly a group effort and never would have happened without the help of many volunteers including this group of students from Shikoku University.
Once the strings were attached, the cloth was hung from the wire grid.

Again, many thanks to everyone who helped with the installation!  Shikoku University students helping to hang the cloth panels from the wire grid.

Speakers arriving for Norbert Herber's sound work.

Norbert Herber starting to set up and test the sound work he developed for the installation.

Abe-san showing us some of the indigo he grew and dried for the installation.  This is the indigo from the sound stream field in Kamikatsu, Japan.


A few of the many people who helped with the installation!





2012年10月11日木曜日

The Fourth of Four Announcement Card


On the front of the fourth Returning Indigo announcement card is the edge of a giant stack of the cloth that will be hanging in the Warehouse Installation.  This is the same cloth that people have been making badges with and is what bridges the first and second parts of the I am Ai, We are Ai project.  Because the final Returning Indigo event was cancelled due to a typhoon, we'll be setting things up one last time as part of the warehouse installation opening on 10/20. 




Working on the Warehouse Installation

With a little over a week remaining before the opening, the cloth is being laid out and arranged for hanging.


2012年9月30日日曜日

9/30 Returning Indigo event at Awa-gin Hall Postponed

The typhoon hitting Tokushima has caused us to postpone today's event.  

The final Returning Indigo event will be held on 10/20 in conjunction with the opening of the Warehouse Installation!

2012年9月20日木曜日

The Third of Four Announcement Cards


The third announcement card features the Returning Indigo cloth and the holes that remain as visitors select their favorite shade of blue, cut it out and make a badge with it to wear.  The straw mats under the cloth are old mats that have been used in the composting of indigo and were donated by one of the five indigo processors in Tokushima.