Residency Program

International Creator Residency Program

update: 2022.10.4

Zakkubalan (Albert THOLEN & SORA Neo)

Participating ProjectInternational Creator Residency Program
Activity BasedUnited States / Japan
Period2022.9 - 2022.11
Purpose of the residency

Inspired by stories of the disconcerting natural phenomena that anticipate major earthquakes, we want to explore the puzzling moments that precede an unexpected disaster. In continuing our deconstruction of cinematic forms, we plan to divorce sound and image, presenting each separately to bring greater critical focus to each element. We will construct a soundscape that spans the fifteen minutes prior to the moment of disaster while shooting a series of documentary "moving photographs" that survey Tokyo's infrastructural and technological defenses against earthquakes—or the lack thereof for certain socio-economic classes and neighborhoods—and the city's visible history of calamity.

Plan during the residency
  • Research the contemporary reality of earthquakes—Tokyo’s current and future capacity for early detection and warning by visiting the Japan Meteorological Agency, the material consequences of a catastrophic earthquake to the built environment, infrastructural developments for earthquake damage mitigation, and the socio-economic dimensions of a potential disaster.
  • Research the historical context for, and implications of, earthquakes in Japan.
  • Research Japanese folklore and anecdotal stories related to earthquakes.
  • Record and mix the soundscape
  • Shoot, process, and edit video into a curated collection of motion-photographs that document Tokyo’s infrastructural and technological defenses against earthquakes.

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