Capitalist City: Interim City Design
Web service, T-shirts
In a capitalist society, there is a strong connection between the formation of cities, the community of people living there, and everything related to food consumption, clothing, and residences. In this project, the artist considers the contradiction of city planning and urban fabrication in relation to a consumerist citizenry with feudal top-down thinking, something she experienced during her architecture and city design studies.
The artist registered on a drop-shipping website and designed the interim city plan with tools borrowed from fashion. She then examined the phenomenon of experiencing pseudo satisfaction through the purchase of goods, pointing out the ironic contradiction in the design with top-down thinking spreading through the grassroots activities, such as wearing close. Furthermore, this act of selling may be able to say an endless urban formative documentary.
“Yui-ga Dokson” Project
Web service, Wearable design, Marketing, Fabric, Trademark
The project was launched in July 2020 in Kyoto, which was locked down at that time, and started as a business in London in October. It is a charity project aimed at relief and assistance to minorities and is still underway. We are mainly working to support LGBTQ people and those who are suffering some kind of disadvantage in society due to race or gender. In addition, the philosophy of Japanese Mahayana Buddhism is applied as the underlying concept.
Ten-Joh, Ten-Ga, Yui-Ga, Dok-Son.’ (in Japanese: 天上天下唯我独尊/てんじょうてんがゆいがどくそん) are the first words spoken by Buddha in Buddhist philosophy.
This maxim, which translates to 'In this whole world, I respect only myself', is not an arrogant statement about comparing oneself to others; rather, the phrase tells us that each of us is enough and that nothing about us should be added to, changed, or diminished in any systems. We should just be ourselves.
Buddha also states that the ideal human practice is to affirm oneself through nature/truth regardless of one’s property, status, education, health, or difference.
In accordance with this philosophy, this label intends to support and encourage minorities, particularly those living in urban settings with physical and personal challenges, those facing racial and gender barriers, and those in crisis.
HAPTIC CRISIS Project
Web service, Digital communication, Recipe
This text piece is an introduction to recipes that anyone can easily follow, even during lockdown. The UK has been in national lockdown since January 2021, and people have had no choice but to stay at home. However, here, problems other than virus infections can occur. The lonely situation where you can't be close to your loved ones or talk to someone in person definitely can't be good for your health. I call this the "HAPTIC CRISIS", and I insist that the problem is important and urgent. If you don't have any family or friends near you, the best thing to do is to get to know people on the Internet, make friends, order the same food from the same restaurant at the same time, and have a video chat while eating together.
This method is inspired by the Japanese saying "同じ釡の飯を食う"/"eat steamed rice from the same pot" (a metaphorical expression for a very close relationship). I currently live in the UK, but I feel much more connected with near-strangers living in the same area than talking online with my parents and friends in Japan. Even if they are not actually in the room with me, I still need someone who can share meals with me and who lives within a few kilometres or a few tens of kilometres. England and Japan are very far apart, and I need people who are closer to me than that.
The project was launched in February 2021 in London, which was during lockdown, and is still in progress. We are considering future food and eating out culture. Is it possible for us to eat together, even if we are apart?
As the development of software applications, SNS and matching applications have become widespread, and as web communication services such as Zoom have become more diverse, so have new encounters and relationships with close people become technology-dependent. In such a situation, I would like to explore a new way of conducting a restaurant service.
If you would like to dine with strangers, please book a seat from the restaurant's website. We invite you to a new matching event.