• Artists: Motoyuki Shitamichi

  • Taro Yasuno

  • Toshiaki Ishikura

  • Fuminori Nousaku

  • Curator: Hiroyuki Hattori
  • Research


August 8 – 10, 2019

Ishikura revisits Tarama Island to investigate the Sumafusara ritual. Although Shitamichi had scheduled to be there as well, his flight is canceled due to the typhoon and is unable to join.


March 27 – 31, 2019

While the other members are in Venice setting up the exhibition, Ishikura, who remained in Japan, is spending several days on Tarama Island to investigate the Mushiokuri event. Ishikura is drawing on the “Cosmo-Eggs” project to expand his research.


January 22 – 29, 2019

Ishikura travels to Taipei, Taichung, and Taitung to research the local myths in Taiwan. He inspects the Taipei Biennial and Taiwan Biennial. He gives a presentation at a symposium at the Taiwan Biennial 2018 “Wild Rhizome.” In Taitung, he gives a lecture titled, “On the Necessity of Myths: The memories of the end the beginning of the world.” Ishikura conducts a cosmological survey of the native Rukai tribe.


November 29, 2018

Shitamichi and Hattori go to Sendai. They visit Kazuhisa Goto, who is researching tsunami boulders from a tsunami engineering perspective at Tohoku University.


November 16 – 18, 2018

Shitamichi goes back to Tarama Island in time for the Uganbutuchi event. He videos tsunami boulders during the sugar cane harvest.


October 29 – November 4, 2018

Ishikura and Shitamichi investigate the Miyako Islands and Tarama Island. They participate in the Myakuzutsu ceremony on Ikema Island in the Miyako Islands. On Tarama Island, they mainly conduct investigation for Tsunami Boulder. Shitamichi takes videos of tsunami boulders, while Ishikura researches myths and stories related to tsunami boulders.


August 17 – 25, 2018

Shitamichi, Ishikura and Hattori investigate the Miyako Islands and Ishigaki Island in Okinawa. They also visit Hateruma Island and Kuro Island. Ishikura also takes a look at the Sohron Festival, a lunar calendar Bon Festival event held in the Yaeyama Islands from the 23rd through the 25th, August.


July 7 – 9, 2018

The team investigates the Miyako Islands in Okinawa. Ishikura has other plans, so Hattori goes with Shitamichi, Yasuno, Nousaku, and Sato from the Japan Foundation.