Sarah WESTPHAL

Residency Program

Exchange Residency Program (International creators from abroad)

update: 2022.9.20

Sarah WESTPHAL

Participating ProjectExchange Residency Program (Creators from abroad)
Activity BasedBrussel
CityTokyo
Period2022.9 - 2022.11
Purpose of the residency

I am interested in Tokyo as a unique metropolis where natural forces create an omnipresent expectation of disasters and in Japan as a collection of islands surrounded by the ocean. During my stay I want to explore how natural forces (e.g. water, wind, earthquakes) can be non-human agents for producing images. Unlike previous work in which I used footage filmed from a boat, I now want to explore the underwater world of Japan by jumping into the water with my camera.This experiences I will use for building immersive installations.

Plan during the residency
  • prospecting dive sites, establish collaborations; interviewing islanders about their relationship with the ocean 
  • physical training; preparations for technical equipment 
  • test set-ups filming underwater, recordings (Tokyo area, Izu Island and Bōsō Peninsula); experiment how to integrate these experiences into immersive installations
  •  experiments for enlargements/microscopy of the recordings that I will make in collaboration with departement Marine Biology UGent (BE) for installations  
  •  establishing new contacts in fields of dance and opera; visiting the Life Safety Learning Center for Earthquakes in Tokyo 

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