Jorge and Yukari
Setouchi Triennale 2016
Global Joint Project between Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Tokyo University of the Arts
Complex Topography: Movement and Change
Organizers:Tokyo University of the Arts; Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; Kagawa Prefecture; 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Kagawa Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation, Setouchi Triennale Executive Committee
Cooperation:Special Place of Scenic Beauty Ritsurin Garden
Kagawa Prefectural Takamatsu-Kougei High School
Planned by: Tokyo University of the Arts, Fine Art Department, Global Art Joint Curriculum, London Unit
Almost three centuries ago, despite the isolation policy in the Edo period, Gulliver visited Japan. Not only did this adventure excite the imagination of eighteenth-century English people about unknown places, Gulliver’s visit also had an effect upon the places he visited. The samurai Hiraga Gennnai was born in Takamatsu in the year following the publication of Gulliver’s Travels in 1726. About fourty years later, influenced by Gulliver’s Travels, Shidoken started an exploration that would take him to discover extraordinary people and places.
Following the example of these two characters, together with local students in Takamatsu, Jorge Martín Marchesi (Spain) and Yukari Sakata (Japan) propose a fiction that materializes in the reality of the garden. They invite visitors to take part in this process of transforming the space through imagination. To create fiction is not difficult. Anyone can imagine out of the ordinary, share it and play with it joyfully.