＜Open Call Project SOCIAL DIVE＞
Artist Kae Fujiwara will set up the city of Tokyo as a dungeon for an RPG game to make people more positive about taking kids outside of their house.
Upon first hearing about the Tokyo Biennale 2020, I simultaneously felt the desire to go, but also not to go as it sounded tiring. The reason being, I am the mother of a two year old and an infant who is a few months old. To be honest, taking my kids outside is hard. While pushing a stroller around, I constantly worry about what others may not, like narrow passages and the availability of elevators. Uneven roads that tilt toward car lanes, utility poles, and pedestrian walkways that end abruptly are just some examples of day to day obstacles when taking the kids out. Benches are never to be seen in times when I’m in need of a rest, not to mention many cafes not allowing children inside. Often times I’m about to reach a destination only to realize that it is located at the top of the stairs. Even if a place is free of barriers, my physical and mental exhaustion keeps me from truly enjoying the moment. Can anyone relate? I’m sure that there are many people out there who’ve had difficulties taking their children out, making them dislike the thought of going out in general too. Despite the difficulty, I respect the moms and dads who still take their children out into the city. I believe that they are the “heroes” who jump headfirst into the “dungeon” of a city. In finding the “unreachable places” between city districts, the tops of stone steps and the other sides of pedestrian bridges, I wish to make Tokyo a more comfortable city for all of us. (Kae Fujiwara)
(As of March 2020)
1: “GO extremely hard dungeon TOKYO : while eldest son in stroller and holding baby son.” image photo of plan, 2019
2: “GO extremely hard dungeon TOKYO : while eldest son in stroller and holding baby son.” portion of video contents, 2020, Cinematography by Nobuhiro Hayashi
3: “GO extremely hard dungeon TOKYO : while eldest son in stroller and holding baby son.” image photo of plan, 2019
Kae Fujiwara (Artist)
Born in 1987 in Ōdate City (formerly Kitaakita District), Akita Prefecture, Kae Fujiwara graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design in 2010, and from the Graduate School of Tokyo Zokei University in 2012. In 2013, she completed her studies as a researcher in the Mural Painting Laboratory at Tokyo University of the Arts. Solo exhibitions include “Plankton” (Tokyo, 2012), “Aurora Drops” (Akita Prefecture, 2014), “Ultraviolet” (Aomori Prefecture, 2015), and “Hinaimachi Sasadate” (Akita Prefecture, 2016). In addition, she participated in the two-person exhibition “Yumika Adachi Kae Fujiwara” (Tokyo, 2011) and in Trans Arts Tokyo (2012) and Ōdate & Kitaakita Arts Festival 2014, while she also led a workshop in 2015 as part of an arts education program for children funded by the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs. After completing her studies, she worked as an art teacher in a school for the hearing impaired and at various junior and senior high schools. Following marriage and childbirth, she is currently concentrating on childcare while producing work and leading art workshops for children.