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Sumaurakoen | 2008

Video | 12:25 min

"Sumaurakoen" is the name of an old amusement park for children in Sumaura. It is completely deserted, but still running. Funny music is playing, artificial streams are splashing along, toy cars in the form of famous Japanese manga characters are calling with their screeching voices for the non-existing children to come and amuse themselves. Everything is rusted and the atmosphere is not pleasurable at all. An oppressive feeling arises, which is enforced by the permanent wind and the crows that are the only visible creatures here.

The video consists of a slow succession of images that are often almost still images. Sometimes motion interrupts the silence so that it becomes even more intense. The images are rigid in their composition and the theme of lattice bars and grids recur again and again.