Mythos / ミュトス (2010)

Yanobe’s solo exhibition MYTHOS was held at Nizayama Forest Art Museum in Nyuzenmachi of Toyama prefecture. The museum was rebuilt from a former hydroelectric power station operated by Hokuriku Electric Power Company. The building is located on an alluvial fan of Kurobe River, famous for repeated floods, which is unusual for the site of museum.
Based on the origin of museum, and to create the works which would surpass the huge space, Kenji Yanobe conceived the project of large scale installations and work in progress. The project was named MYTHOS, meaning legend and story in Greek, and consisted of four chapters. The project ran from June to September of 2010, separeted with four periods as chapters; Introductory Chapter, Chapter 1 “ Electric Discharge”, Chapter 2 “ Great Flood” and Chapter 3 “ Under the Rainbow”. Each chapter ran for about two weeks except fo Chapter 3, which ran for about a month.

ヤノベケンジは、元水力発電所という起源をふまえ、さらに空間を凌駕するために「ミュトス」というギリシア語で「神話・物語」を表すタイトルを冠し、4章構成による壮大なスケールの展示と公開制作を行った。期間は2010年6月から9月にかけて4 期に渡り、序章、1章「放電」、2章「大洪水」、3章「虹のふもとに」と約2 週間ずつ(3 章のみ約1ヶ月間)テーマと展示内容を変えて構成した。


Introductory Chapter showed the world of chaos and imagination by rubble and “the Ruin of Future”, Chapter 1 showed the world of beginning and creation by lightening and thunder emanated by electric discharge of Tesla coil, Chapter 2 showed the world of destruction by the great flood through draining water from huge water jar, Chapter 3 showed the world of revival by making a rainbow, casting light toward the huge trumpet-shaped object turned downward. The project refered to not only the local history of flooding in Kurobe River and the power plant, but also other stories, such as Genesis of the Old Testament and personal history of Yanobe himself including that of former site of expo ’70 in Osaka and the ruin of Chernobyl. All these stories were woven in complicated manner in this project.

序章は瓦礫と「未来の廃墟」の幻影で混沌と想像の世界を、1章はテスラコイルの放電による稲妻と雷鳴で始まりと創造の世界を、2章は巨大な水瓶からの放水・落水で「大洪水」による破壊の世界を、3 章では、「大洪水」に加えて、下向きの巨大ラッパ型オブジェに光を照射し、虹を出現させることで再生の世界を表現した。そこには黒部川の洪水、発電という歴史のほか、旧約聖書の創世記や大阪万博会場跡地やチェルノブイリの廃墟から始まるヤノベの個人史も読み取れる。それらが複雑に絡められ織り込まれている。


On the second floor of the museum, Torayan is standing on the rubble. Torayan has a Geiger Counter, which senses radiation and the display shows the amount of radiation in number. The number is counted down from 999 to 0, and at the moment when display turned 0, “ Great Flood” by draining water begins and a trumpet rang throughout the space. The sound is associated with the “Apocalyptic Sound = the sound of ending”, which seven angels rang before “the Last Judgement” as written in Revelation of New Testament. Through these chapters, Yanobe performed his version of “ the Last Judgement”.

放水・落水による「大洪水」は2 階の瓦礫の上にある《人形 トらやん》に取り付けられたガイガー・カウンターの数値が放射線を感知し999からカウントダウンし0になった瞬間に訪れる。その瞬間ラッパの音が高らかに鳴らされる。それは新約聖書の『ヨハネの黙示録』の「最後の審判」の前に7 人の天使が鳴らす「アポカリプティック・サウンド=終末の音」を連想させる。ヤノベケンジ版の「最期の審判」であるとも言えよう。


The Geiger counter of Torayan reacted to natural radiation and the counting of radiation was unexpectable. “ Great Flood” made the rhythm of nature visible in a dramatic manner. Strangely enough, the exhibition itself became a symptom for the tragic event that would happen in the next year. On 11th of March 2011, great earthquake and tsunami (Great flood) destroyed a nuclear power plant and artificial radiation leaked in huge amount.

そして、予測のつかない自然放射線のカウントによって訪れる「大洪水」は、自然のリズムを強烈に体感させるものであった。奇しくも展覧会自体が翌年の2011 年3月11日の地震と津波(大洪水)によって原子力発電所が爆発し人工の放射線が大量に漏れるこという出来事を予兆することになった。