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Sweet Democracy

Shingo Suzuki

<Open Call Project SOCIAL DIVE>

This is a “half right to vote” project in which elementary school students over the age of 9 are asked to hold a mock vote, ingraining democratic principles into the children who will enter society not far into the future. It serves as a simulation of how we can independently play a part in the growth of society. Students will answer questions like, “When you turn 18, what would the representative of your choice do for society?”, “If you were to become a representative, what would you like to do to make society better?”, and then put their ballots into a transparent box. The answers on these ballots will be displayed for public view.

Moreover, there will be an artwork titled “Ant Diet Building”, which is a visualization of a model building resembling Japan’s Diet Building, but made of sugar cubes that are being eaten away by ants. This work sends a visual message that if all of us take action, then society will change. The project will be archived and made into a publication.

(As of March 2020)

1: “Sweet Democracy” sugar cube artwork “Ant Diet Building”, 2020
2: “Sweet Democracy” drawing “half right to vote”, 2020
3: “Budget” paper cranes made with bank notes of top five military spending countries, 2008, project space KANDADA (Tokyo)

Artist

Shingo Suzuki (Artist)

Based on the theme of macro and micro perspectives, he develops works that show the relationship between society and individuals. Until 2008, he was engaged in planning, administration, and design for command N, an artist initiative of which he was a founding member that organized exhibitions such as Akihabara TV and Sukima Project in addition to running Project Space Kandada. In his solo exhibition Palm up to the Sun (Project Space Kandada, Tokyo, 2007), he created minimalistic works by collecting, arranging, connecting, and stacking everyday things and small toys in order to consider the fractal relationship between individuals and society with the aim of promoting mutual kindness. Major group exhibitions include Open the New page! Artist Initiative command N 20th Anniversary Exhibition (3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, 2017), Neo Tokyo (The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2001), and Shinjuku Shonen Art (various locations in Shinjuku, 1994).

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