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November 25, 2014 / blissmarket

The Whispers from The Mountain and The Sea (POSTCARD PROJECT)

 

 

 

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November 25, 2014 / blissmarket

Whispers from The Mountain and The Sea (Documentation)

RIKUZENTAKATA ARTIST –IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM 2013

JAIME JESUS COMENDADOR PACENA II / PHILIPPINES

Whispers from the Mountain and the Sea:

From the initial research last November and December 2013, upon talking to several local residents,

the story of an invisible division among the city was told, that the city of Rikuzentakata has two parts,

the people living on the mountain side and the people living on the sea side, both parts that composes

a community that celebrate life together before the tsunami incident and hopes to renew that bond

once again.

The concept of whisper is based on the idea on how Japanese people tend to silently move on, quietly

screaming their pain of memories and going through day by day with struggles on resources and definite

future as most of the people lives temporarily in the present, temporary homes, temporary communal

spaces, temporary structures, temporary meetings and engagements.

When we whisper, we silently say something important, something we don’t want everyone to hear,

but hoping everyone would understand. A whisper is a gentle approach in making a statement. A whisper

on this case is a floating memory.

To reimagine the space, part of my process is to look at the city in different physical perspectives,

going to the highest point (Hikami Mountain) and from the perspective of the sea (Hirota Bay), looking

at the city as the waves of sea approach the land. Another part of the process is to catch the sunrise

as it wakes up the city in the Hakone Mountain View Point. These perspectives in looking at the city

helps me internalize more the stories told to me by the local residents, to imagine the place before

and to realize what has happened and what was left.

POSTCARD PROJECT:

Gathered still images of the research process, details of the hiking experience, the sailing experience and

documentation of the reconstruction of the city. The Images focused on the textures, traces, details,

not showing any people.

Chosen images were then transformed into postcards.

The idea of the postcard is also based on my observation in Japan having a “postcard culture,” just like the

business card culture. Postcards are part of sharing a certain place, an event, exhibition, a company

or a personality. Postcards are used by people to send personal messages, intimate messages that are

connected to the experience or memory of the sender to the image on the postcard.

The printed postcards are then shared to the local residents as I gathered personal messages for the

city of Rikuzentakata. A message for the city that was washed away, to the people that was lost

and to the spirit that lives on today. With this process, the local residents and other visitors of the city

who participated silently engages with the city, looking at the details of the images on the postcard

and trying to relive or reimagine what it is and where it is. Upon writing the message, they revisit

the past and share their thoughts for the future, the written messages are then read by the next

participants and this process connects them to each other as they read the messages for them

by other people. This makes the postcards as vessels of communication among the people and the city.

After gathering all the messages it is then offered/sent to the sea and the mountain.

The whole process started January and ended February of 2014.

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November 24, 2014 / blissmarket

CONNECTED SPACES

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“CONNECTED SPACES”

Jaime Jesus C. Pacena II / PHILIPPINES

RIKUZENTAKATA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM 2013

 

This video shows a first person point-of-view of the artist as he explores different spaces and places in Rikuzentakata City.

Going through doors upon doors of restaurants, shops, public spaces, temporary homes, bathroom, toilets

and portalets, accommodation, construction place and traces of the tsunami incident. The artist hopes to connect all these

places together, breaking the idea of distance and inviting the people of Rikuzentakata to be a part of this one continuous

journey of connection and co-existence.

 

*This video was shown in 8 different spaces in Rikuzentakata City

1. Waiwai Restaurant, Osumitsudoinooka Market Place, Takata-Cho

2. Yagisawa Shop, Kesen-Cho

3. Bricks.808, Mirai Market Place, Takekoma-Cho

4. Mauis Restaurant, Takekoma-Cho

5. Yonesaki Cummunity Hall, Yonesaki-Cho

6. Rikuzentakata City Library, Takekoma-Cho

7. Haikara Gohan, Yonesaki-Cho

8. Nagahora Village, Hirota-Cho

Spaces featured in this video:
Mauis Hotel
Rikuzentakata City Library
Teiichi Sato’s Seed Shop
Bricks.808
Takata Driving School
Genki Village
Hikara Gohan
Naskashi-Mirai Soso
Lodge Hotel
Gymnastic Hall/Soccer field
Wai Wai Restaurant
Construction Company Temporary Space
Temporary Residence with Coffee House
Udon Place
Hikami Taikan Practice Place
Construction Area
Abe-san’s Temporary Residence
Mauis Restaurant
Futamata Bathroom
Family Mart
Kono’s Greenhouse near Apple Road & Hikara Gohan
Maiya
Futamata
Chinese Restaurant
Tapic 45
Soya Shop
Naoshi Sato’s House
Apartment Ruins
Lawson
Miracle Pine Tree

February 14, 2014 / blissmarket

WHISPERS FROM THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA

“WHISPERS FROM THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA”

Rikuzentakata Artist-in-Residence Program 2013 featuring a live presentation of video projections by artist-in-residence J.Pacena II from the Philippines in collaboration with a music performance by Rikuzentakata City’s very own Singer-Song writers Mat-san and Genta-san.

February 15, 2014 /3:00pm – 4:30pm (Japan Time)

You may view the event here via live stream:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/whisper-from-the-mountain-and-the-sea

Mirai Market Place, Takekoma-Cho, Rikuzentakata City, Japan.

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フライヤーのダウンロードはこちらから→RIKUZENTAKATA LIVE

フィリピンの映像作家と陸前高田のミュージシャンによる特別ライブ
“山と海のささやき”
WHISPERS FROM THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SEA

◯2014年 2 月15日(土) 15:00 – 16:30
陸前高田市未来商店街多目的ホール 入場無料

フィリピンの映像作家ハイメ・パセナによる撮影された陸前高田の 映像と、陸前高田のミュージシャンによる特別ライブを開催します。 ハイメ・パセナが撮影した陸前高田の自然の風景、氷上山や広田湾 や工事現場の様子、津波の震災跡地、震災前の陸前高田の個人のホーム ビデオから作られた映像をライブとともに上映します。出演するミュー ジシャンは、陸前高田のギタリストのまっと、キーボードの松本玄太です。 入場無料ですので、是非お越し下さい。

またこのライブは USTREAM でも配信いたします
(http://www.ustream.tv/channel/whisper-from-the-mountain-and-the-sea)

◯出演者

ハイメ・C・パセナⅡ世(映像)
まっと(災害FMパーソナリティ。陸前高田出身ギタリスト)
松本玄太(SAVE TAKATAで活動中。ゴスペルアーティスト、ピアニスト)

February 7, 2014 / blissmarket

RIKUZENTAKATA Artist in Residence Program 2013

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Rikuzentakata: Artist in Residence Program 2013

The scenery of memories, towards a nostalgic future

 

http://air-rukuzentakada.jpn.org/home/?page_id=5

 

DANCESIONED HUWS

“TAKATA WINTER FESTIVAL”


The Dance with Hasegawasangennkai directed by Sioned Huws in Collaboration with traditional music and dance of Rikuzentakata

February 2, 2014

Mirai Market Place, Takekoma-Cho, Rikuzentakata City, Japan

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: LEO VAN DER KLEIJ

“RIKUZENTAKATA DAILY LIFE 2014”


A series of photographs showing the daily life in current Rikuzentakata City, exhibited in a temporary blue container at Mirai Market Place in Takekoma-Cho. The exhibition is changed day by day as the artist adds and replaces images based on his daily engagement and observation along the city.

 

-January 31 to February 16, 2014 /10:00am – 8:00pm

The Blue Prefab, Mirai Market Place, Takekoma-Cho, Rikuzentakata City, Japan

 

 

MULTI MEDIA: JAIME C. PACENAII

“CONNECTED SPACES”


A video that shows a first person point-of-view of different spaces and places in Rikuzentakata City as the artists enters and exit doors upon doors of restaurants, shops, public spaces, temporary homes, bathroom, toilets, accommodation, constructions and traces of the tsunami incident. Connecting all these places together in a one continuous journey and can be viewed in different public spaces along Rikuzentakata City.

 

-February 10 to 16, 2014 /11:00am – 12:00mn

Waiwai Restaurant, Osumitsudoinooka Market Place, Takata-Cho

-February 10 to 16, 2014 /9:00am – 5PM (Closed on Tuesdays)

Yagisawa Shop, Kesen-Cho

-February 10 to 16, 2014 /11:00am – 3:00pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Bricks.808, Mirai Market Place, Takekoma-Cho

-February 10 to 16, 2014 /11:30am – 2:00pm & 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Mauis Restaurant, Takekoma-Cho

-February 10 to 16, 2014 /9:00am – 4:00pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Yonesaki Cummunity Hall, Yonesaki-Cho

-February 11 to 16, 2014 /9:00am – 5:00pm

Rikuzentakata City Library, Takekoma-Cho

-February 11 to 16, 2014 /11:00am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Haikara Gohan, Yonesaki-Cho

-February 11 /1:00pm – 3:00pm

Nagahora Village, Hirota-Cho

 

 

“WHISPERS FROM THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA”

A live presentation of video projections by J.Pacena II showing details of the natural environment, the daily constructions, some traces of tsunami and collected personal home videos before March 2011 of local residents of Rikuzentakata City. This is in collaboration with a  music performance by Rikuzentakata’s very own Singer-Song writers Mat-san and Genta-san.

 

February 15, 2014 /3:00pm – 4:30pm (Admission is Free)

Mirai Market Place, Takekoma-Cho, Rikuzentakata City, Japan

 

 

ARTIST TALK
“LEO VAN DER KLEIJ × JAIME C. PACENAII”


February 16, 2014 /10:00am – 12:00nn

The Blue Prefab, Mirai Market Place, Takekoma-Cho, Rikuzentakata City, Japan

 

February 6, 2014 / blissmarket

BAKIT HINDI Music Video

 

One of the music video projects I did for  Aristotle Pollisco also known as the rapper Gloc-9 featuring Billy Crawford., both highly respected recording artists in the Philippines. In collaboration with Edrie Myrick Beltran Ocampo as the Director of Photography, Jocelyn Jessa Ramos as my trusted Art Director who helped me gather all the images we need for this Video.
This video is directly inspired from the old school cut out collage, especially the “leave me alone” mv of the Late Michael Jackson who has been a great influence to me as well.
This video is not a direct interpretation of the song. This represents how distorted sometimes our knowledge on our own history that our present somehow is a reflection of how we see our past and how we represent ourself as a Filipino.
My deepest gratitude to Universal Records, Thea Gomez Pollisco, Sean and Shaun (Twins), Denise Barbacena, Billy, Jasper, Enan and Archie and TeamGloc-9. Cheers!

Directed, Edited, Composited and Colored by me, J.Pacena II (Cheers!)

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