＜Open Call Project SOCIAL DIVE＞
Precisely at a time when people cannot be physically close to one another due to the new coronavirus, we will focus on the act of “getting close to things that are not people, things that cannot be seen”, which is the essence of Bon Odori. We will hold a virtual Bon Odori festival in which everyone can participate in a special way using analog virtual reality that has been realized by the Japanese people since ancient times through the power of imagination.
(As of June 2021)
1: “Fukuoka Art Museum Ondo” 2016, Fukuoka Art Museum (Fukuoka), Photo by Shintaro Yamanaka
2: “Kamiyama Sudachi Ondo”, 2009, Kamiyama Artist in Residence, 2009, Former Kamiyama Town Shimobun Elementary School (Tokushima), Photo by Hajime Aihara
3: 《WITHOUT-CORONA-ONDO》 Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021 Summer and Autumn Arts Project, 2020, VR by God Scorpion
[Online Event] BonDance/WITHOUT-CORONA-ONDO（August 15, 2020)
In response to the current situation where Bon dance festivals across Japan are facing cancellation due to the effects of the new coronavirus, we created a new original song “Without Corona Ondo” to pray for the end of the pandemic. Together with media artist God Scorpion, Camera Yamanaka presented a Bon dance from a virtual afterlife that was rendered on a VR platform.
Camera Yamanaka (Contemporary Ondo Composer)
Contemporary ondō composer.* Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1978. Having lived in various parts of Japan and overseas, he writes ondō songs from a contemporary perspective based on interactions with and impressions of the people of different towns. He has worked with local residents to write lyrics and compositions, arrange existing songs, hold performances, choreograph dances, create lanterns, and decorate venues, while he has also made efforts to hold an original Bon odori dance contest involving various people. An ondō song he wrote in Yokohama was performed at the APEC Forum (2010). After successfully raising sizeable support and resources through a 2019 crowdfunding bid, in 2020 he published a recently compiled book summarizing his activities titled “Yamanaka Camera Modern Obon Collection—Shall we BON-DANCE?”
*Ondō is a type of Japanese folk music.