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Video footage of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Itsukushima Shrine, each accompanied by what seem to be environmental sounds, is projected onto a three-dimensional object and onto the wall respectively. When moving closer to the projected images, the visitor’s shadow obstructs the respective projection, and where part of that image thus becomes invisible, the visitor notices another small display onto which different footage is being projected. On that display, people can be seen sipping juice with a straw or scratching a blackboard, making noises that are generally considered to be unpleasant. This is when the visitor realizes that what at first seemed to be environmental sounds from the projections are in fact sounds that are usually categorized as “noise.”

Furthermore, the attempt of one of the members to overcome his “fate” regarding his place of origin are portrayed in a documentary style, making an analogy to the challenge to the logical contradiction of being unable to overtake a turtle as illustrated in the episode of “Achilles and the tortoise” in Zeno’s paradoxes.

“Idola” is a term that refers to the causes of prejudices, preconceptions and other false perceptions. “Zatsuon yameyo” (“forget about the noise!,” 2014), which aggressively facilitates the visitor’s misconceptions with the ultimate aim to upset recognition, and “Unmei yameyo” (“forget about the fate!,” 2014), telling a story inspired by assumption, both raise questions like “What is it that we’re seeing?” or “What are we trying to see?” regarding the way we respond to occurrences around us. Also on display is the “Yameyo Collection” introducing part of Team YAMEYO’s endeavors advocating to “try to stop doing” things we “would like to abandon but are unable to.”



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