"What does 'monster' mean to you?" I ask to over 40 participants who have experienced my Fortune House project - mostly considered as a means to draw in and collect a selection of random 'monster' stories from people in the Koganecho area. I've been more than delighted with the results; a very eclectic and intimate collection of recordings that I've been listening to and imagining over the past three weeks. For me it was the first time I read fortunes in Japanese and also a first to make this gift of reading very public in this way. The most common question asked back to me in this process was 'Do you mean 'monster' - personally to me as an individual?" and I would respond "Yes, let's start there…" I have heard all sorts of unbelievable, magical, horrifying, scary, tales, truths, worries, fears, joys, around the 'monstrous' and now am looking forward to really sinking into it.
We open Koganecho Bazaar in less than 3 weeks! (silent scream) loch a new performance at nitehi works opens August 8 and 9th. It is what I'm calling the sister piece to Mörkö and explores the objects and stories of my mother and aunt's childhood home in Yokohama and this collection of ecclectic audio recordings of 'monster' stories from Fortune Shop participants. Very pleased to be working with my sound artist collaborator, Kohsuke Nakamura. Going under now and will come up for air soon!