Edited cheating paper for the talk in HOM Art Trance, 19th Feb 2020

 

Introduction:

I am Fuyuka Shindo from Sapporo in Hokkaido island, Japan. It is fifth biggest city in Japan and there is lots of snow in winter.

In my art practice, I concentrated to deal with Hokkaido history these 10 years. Because I thought Hokkaido history is generally not very visible until you pay attention (,although every local history often invisible behind mainstream history). Hokkaido has very different history from ‘Japanese history’ until modernization in Meiji period. It became part of Japan at that time which is after ‘samurai’ time (after 1868). There are Ainu people who are the indigenes in Hokkaido, but Japanese government developed the land and encouraged people to immigrate to Hokkaido from all over Japan in Meiji period. The new settlers became the majority and occupied Hokkaido. My families were also migrants at that time, but this family history is not remained a lot. This story of Hokkaido Development related to my last art project called ‘Child of Settlers’.

 

Child of Settlers, 2019, Moerenuma Park in Sapporo  Photo by Keiji Stuyuguchi

 

Why start the project Second World War and Japanese Occupation:

One day I talked about second world war with my friends from Malaysia. They told the occupation by Imperial Japanese during that time, and it was difficult time and there were many war victims in Malaysia. It was first time to know that story in Malaysia. My familiar war stories were mostly tragic stories of Japanese soldiers and ordinally Japanese people. I felt my familiar war stories are the one of the war aspects. The other aspects are needed own intention to realize more.

Research:

 

The places where I visited is in Google map HERE, notes and pictures included:

 

There are reading, interviewing and other activities during the research, however I like to visit historic sites which is my center of research. Travels encourage me to concern subject matter, like this time is the war , also, the key to find own narrative of history from my experiences

Notes from the research:

 

Even though my interest is WWⅡ and Japanese occupation, this history doesn’t independently exist in Malaysia. The war is part of the history which continued from the British colonial time, then to the Malayan Emergency afterward. At first, I just looked at the WW2 and I thought it would be fine as my research, however, after a while I felt this was unrespectable attitude to the place where I stay.

 

When I visit the war cenotaphs, there have various stories from different positions, such as who was occupied and who occupied. It recognized me the war is not only one side story. However, all the cenotaphs built for calm the souls for people who died by the war. This is the point I found, when I look out over the war sits and memorials in Malaysia and Singapore.

At the same time, I recognized as a Japanese, it is difficult to away from the Japanese occupation.

 

Someone told me how the war history can be passed to present and future; as examples, one is institutional archive and another is ghost stories. First one is recorded everything as match as possible and keep then under the institutions like museum, academy and archive, then available for some occasions. I like this decent way and familiar with me. Another is local ghost stories and rumors, in these cases, the facts have already missed, and although they became simple stories, they just remained fears and cruelties of the war which is most important parts. These ghost stories were open me new direction to think about war ‘history’ of ‘archive’. It reminds me people who were in the past in difficult situations during the war, and still scare me as invisible existences.

 

 

Bicycle:

 

Uncle Kum’s bicycle shop, photo by Danial Bin Fuad

This is because of Japanese solders traveled bikes during the invasion. I picked bike intuitively as icon of my project, then just followed what happen. I have met good people who worked with bikes in the past which is another reason that I wanted to work with bikes.

 

Since I started this bike thing, it became clear I am interested in bikes, because it has social message like environmental issue, even it can use as just transport in general. For example, my favorite is uncle Kum’s shop which repairs bikes mostly rather than selling new bikes. He told me bike can use until completely break, because it can be repaired or replaced.

The bike parts that I collected

Bicycle supported the Japanese invasion, but, in present, they include message for society. It is personally interesting part with some possibility to grow my project.

 

I started to collect bike parts in Kuala Lumper. Each has stories for example, the flame is made in Malaysia company that has closed business, and the folk is old British one which was gift from someone who accidently I knew. I also started to go out with bike flame, because I want to add stories to this bike. This bike story is going to be continued in Japan.

photo by Danial Bin Fuad

Bicycle:Uncle Kum’s bicycle shop,

 

Uncle Kum’s bicycle shop,

This is because of Japanese solders traveled bikes during the invasion. I picked bike intuitively as icon of my project, then just followed what happen. I have met good people who worked with bikes in the past which is another reason that I wanted to work with bikes.

 

Since I started this bike thing, it became clear I am interested in bikes, because it has social message like environmental issue, even it can use as just transport in general. For example, my favorite is uncle Kum’s shop which repairs bikes mostly rather than selling new bikes. He told me bike can use until completely break, because it can be repaired or replaced.

The bike parts that I collected

Bicycle supported the Japanese invasion, but, in present, they include message for society. It is personally interesting part with some possibility to grow my project.

 

I started to collect bike parts in Kuala Lumper. Each has stories for example, the flame is made in Malaysia company that has closed business, and the folk is old British one which was gift from someone who accidently I knew. I also started to go out with bike flame, because I want to add stories to this bike. This bike story is going to be continued in Japan.

The bike parts that I collected

© 2020 Fuyuka Shindo