Myanmar @House of Ebata

Burmese women artists are staying with us.ミャンマー人の作家さん達が泊まって下さってます。勇敢でエネルギーに満ち、光り輝くような美しさを持った方々で、毎日沢山の力をいただいてます。オンゴーイングでの展示は26日(日)までだそうです!The show at Ongoing is until Sunday. They are so brave, beautiful and full of energy! I am totally in love with them. We talked so much about the strange world we live in. Incredible experience. Thank you so much for staying with us😍

„alter|n|ative“ IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna

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Crisfor (AT), Barbara Eichhorn (AT), Kyoko Ebata (JP), Mario Höber (AT), Urban Nomad Mixes (AT), Angelika Kaufmann (AT), Hanna Schimek/Ula Schneider/Andrea van der Straeten (AT)

The opening will be 9th of June, the show runs until 29th of September.

Breast milk and shit, Kyoko Ebata and Hanae Utamura

When a human being is born, the first thing they do is look for their mother’s white breast milk. When we die, we expel black stool from our bodies to cleanse our bodies before we breathe our last. For humans, the time towards the end of life may be the process of returning to the mother’s body.

Recently, Hanae Utamura became a mother and Kyoko Ebata has lost her father.

For two months, Ebata stared at her father, who was only suffering in living hell even though he was definitely on his way to death. In ancient times, she would have had to kill him to stop the suffering of her beloved father, but because she loved him, she wanted him to be there, and she just kept shedding tears.

When Ebata’s father was in very pain, he said “mom”. She was not sure if he was referring to his mother or his wife, but she, who had never been a mother, was shaken by the idea of a mother, and now, confronting her own mother, with whom she had been at odds for a long time. She feels a strange sense of change in their relationship, frightened of her mother’s death, frightened of being alone, and trying to rebuild connections with others.

Alongside Utamura’s own mother is supporting her father, she who has become a “mother” experiences pure love, pleasure and pain for her child, and struggles with the codependency of pain and healing, in which she devotes herself to the other person and supports the other person’s body, while being thrown around by the contradictions of modern society, which continues to polarize, repeat, and self-propagate the individual.

The beginning of life and the experience of death, which a person experiences once in a lifetime, is a world that has no memory and can only be perceived from the outside. While there must be countless stories, it seems that there are very few opportunities to talk about this today.

In the field of life and death, there are families and people who care for them. With the development of science and medicine, humans seem to be becoming more and more free, and the choices we have seem to be getting more and more confusing. And with the overflow of information, we seem to be more and more divided.

The United Nations issued a report on “human security,” reporting that although humanity has become economically prosperous, six out of seven people are insecure. And in the midst of the corona disaster, war has started again. What was it that we had built up?

Ebata and Utamura, now living in Japan and the US, are at a turning point in their lives. They make works about these issues while deepening their dialogues, examining the history of societies and countries from personal family relationships, reviewing the values and knowledge systems that modernization has promoted, and trying to rethink what the heck it means to live as human beings on this earth.

Green, House of Ebata

Monday 14 February – Sunday 13 March 2022

House of Ebata, Tokyo

Open from 14h on Monday 14 February| 2月14日(月)14時より開場

Closing Talk on Sunday 13 March on Zoom| 3月13日クロージングトーク(Zoom)

Open by appointments for other days (Max 2 people per slot)| その他の日は予約制(一枠最大2名)

Opening Reception on Monday 14 February| 2月14日オープニング

Closing Talk on Sunday 13 March on Zoom | 3月13日クロージングトーク(Zoom)

Open by appointments for other days (Max 2 people)| 予約制(最大2名)

ジョン・チルバー|John Chilver

江幡京子|Kyoko Ebata

岩竹理恵|Rie Iwataki

サイモン・ウィレムス|Simon Willems 

ダイアナ・ズルニク|Diana Zrnic 

House of Ebata happily presents the group show ‘Green’. The focus of the show is painting and especially the problem of how to start a painting. House of Ebata strictly specifies that all works in the exhibition will be green. The choice of green may be arbitrary. And the starting point of a painting may also be arbitrary.  

“[As in the example of Duchamp’s Pharmacy] painting at its most elemental and elementary was a colour decision. But the implications of any colour decision – given due weight – are emotionally and ontologically intense.” (John Chilver) 

If green is a decision, the exhibition asks what kind of decision it can be: as the determinant of the mood, feel, image, symbol, chemical and associations. Is green a unity or an infinite subdivision? Is the monochrome the ghosted polychrome? Is green sacred or salted? Proper primary or sneezing secondary? Is green there to calm our nerves? Or to get tuned up for an afterimage that will follow that we’ll say is red?  

‘Green’ combines works by experienced painters (John Chilver, Rie Iwatake, Simon Willems and Diana Zrnic) with a novice painter (Kyoko Ebata).





Special Thanks: 岡本大河|Taiga Okamoto, 中島 ふみえ| Fumie Nakashima, John Tran


John Chilver|ジョン・チルバー

Emily Rosamond Teaching the Remedial Class in Political Economy and Algorithm Studies,2017, John Chilver, oil on canvas, 30.5 × 25.4 cm

Starting a painting is no harder and no easier than starting any other kind of artwork: it begins with a sense of something lacking, which provokes a desire for something to be made and seen. This making doesn’t resolve the lack in any real way, but – if things go well – it alters its pressure.

In ‘Pharmacy’, Duchamp tried to reduce painting to a pure decision: just get any vaguely romantic landscape image and add 2 coloured dots. This was a negation of sorts. But it still feels like an affirmation. It’s a decision but interestingly for Duchamp it was still a decision about color.

Colour is transorganic, meaning it is of the mind and simultaneously of the world. It is also radically contingent and radically discontinuous. For example, we see brown as a colour, yet brown is nowhere to be found in the rainbow. In scientific terms, brown is a corrupted orange. But in the visual world we see brown and orange as equals. 

Duchamp’s lesson in ‘Pharmacy’ was perhaps that painting at its most elemental and elementary was a colour decision. But the implications of any colour decision – given due attention – are emotionally and ontologically intense.





John Chilver is an artist and writer. His work orbits around painting, understood as a stage for scenes of agency and dispute, and styles of subjectivity. He invokes image-making as an unstable site of inquiry. Since the late 1990s he has exhibited and published widely. He studied philosophy at the University of Reading and art at Goldsmiths College, London. He lives and works in London.

Recent solo exhibitions have included Xero Kline and Coma, London, 2018; The Near Abroads, Atlas House, Ipswich, 2019; and The Scene of Instruction, Coleman Projects, London, 2021.

アーティスト/作家。レディング大学で哲学を、ゴールドスミスカレッジ(ロンドン)で美術を学んだ後、1990年代後半から、幅広く展示や出版を行い、ロンドンを拠点に活動している。作品は、主体性や争いの場面、主観性のスタイルの舞台として理解されている絵画を中心に展開され、イメージの制作を不安定な探究の場として様々なアプローチを試みている。近年の個展に「Xero Kline and Coma」(ロンドン、2018)、「The Near Abroads」(アトラスハウス、イプスウィッチ、2019)、「The Scene of Instruction」(コールマン・プロジェクト、ロンドン、2021)など。

江幡京子|Kyoko Ebata

Exploiting a friendship from John Chilver, <<Oak and Air>> 2012-2017, oil on panel, 40 × 40 cm, 2022, Kyoko Ebata (work in progress)

The Case of T&S 2020; Good Bye My Father, 2021~, Kyoko Ebata, digital video 11:41 and still pictures





When I was very young, I had made some paintings, and looking back they were selfies and also copying a sight which I see on photographs, so I would say I was taking pictures or performing rather than painting. 

I enjoy looking at paintings very much and I would like to look into the world of painting at least once in my life. However, when I wanted to paint, I didn’t know where to start. I drew a red circle on paper, but then I had to decide what to do next. I felt it was too much responsibility. Usually when I make a piece of work, I have an image or a concept in my head, or it just appears in front of me, and I feel a pang. Then it usually becomes a work of art.

So I have decided to start by ‘exploiting’ the sincere friendship of the participant, John Chilver, as I always do in other works. I had once seen a piece of his work on a mobile and thought it was wonderful, without realizing that it was only part of the work. This time, I’m going to try to enter the world of painting by copying the part of that painting.

I tried to draw a bit, but unlike photography, it’s very hard to exploit. The wet-on-wet approach is similar to a way of life. I think it is also similar to housework. In housekeeping, you have your own standard, “this place should be kept like this”, and you always work to maintain it. In painting, you have to work at a certain time and in a certain way in order to match your image of what the painting should look like. If I wait until I’m in the mood, the paint will harden. I can’t wait until I feel motivated. You have to move even if you don’t feel like it. In a way, it’s like a habit to live a healthy life. It’s contradictory to my way of making things, which reacts to external stimuli.

アーティスト。東京出身、ロンドン大学ゴールドスミス校卒業。グローバル社会、大都市での生活、戦争と平和、デザインとタブー、記憶と場所、高齢者社会、東日本大震災、環境問題、家族、愛情などをテーマに生活者の目線から時代を表現する。現在は国立市の庭付古民家をプロジェクトスペースに、制作やキュレーションを行いつつ、国内外で発表している。主な展覧会・賞与に「横浜トリエンナーレ2020」、「Volcana Brainstorm; 江幡京子展」、「The Perfect Day to Fly」(ギャラリー・ハシモト、2018)、「あいちトリエンナーレ2010」、「現代美術展企画コンペ」、「現代美術地中海ビエンナーレ2010)、「カルチャー・オブ・フィアー」、「Halle 14」(2006)、「MEDIARENA:日本の現代美術」(the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery、2004)、「ヤング・ビデオ・アーティスト・イニシアティブス」受賞(森美術館準備室、2002)がある。

Kyoko Ebata is a Tokyo based artist, studied in Geneva and Oxford for schools, and graduated from Goldsmiths’ College. Ebata works on diverse projects in various mediums around her everyday life including global society, life in metropolis, war and peace, design and taboo, memory and place, aging society, the Great East Japan Earthquake, environmental issues, family and love. Currently, Ebata runs a project space at an old Japanese house in Tokyo showing a contemporary international programme. She has exhibited widely and received prizes as an artist. Key exhibitions include: Volcana Brainstorm, Yokohama Triannual 2020; The Perfect Day to Fly, Gallery Hashimoto, 2018,; Aichi Triennale 2010 Curatorial Exhibition Competition, Culture of Fear, Halle 14, 2006; The First Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art, MEDIARENA: contemporary art from Japan, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 2004; Young Video Artist Initiatives, Mori Art Museum, 2002

岩竹理恵|Rie Iwatake

Atopon;No place|場所をもたない,2019, Rie Iwatake, archival pigment print on paper, 75 × 60 cm

作品のタイトル<<Atopon (場所をもたない) >>は、ギリシャ語で動と静のあいだにある奇妙なもの「瞬間」を意味する。




The title of the work, Atopon (having no place), is a Greek word meaning a strange thing (moment) between motion and stillness.

By dividing an image of a landscape into sections and changing the size of the print particles in each section, the effect of combining images with different perspectives is created. The point of view is not a fixed point, but represents a fluid visual experience of time and distance.

There is a parallel relationship between the image space and the art material space on the same screen, with the landscape appearing as you move away and reducing to ink and paper as you approach.

To be able to see/to see/to be able/ see, observing and perceiving complement and interfere with each other. In the interlocking flow of seeing and looking, there is a visual experience that only the subject who is looking can see/see.

神奈川県在住。金沢美術工芸大学工芸科卒業、筑波大学大学院芸術専攻を修了後、ペルーやパリ、横浜、台湾など様々な場所を移動しながら作品を制作・発表してきた。片岡純也とのユニットでの発表が多く、キネティック作品と平面作品を組み合わせた空間構成が特徴的で、素材や図案の出会いに物語を生み個々の作品の題材がゆるやかに響きあう手法を使う。近年の展覧会に「MOTアニュアル2020 透明な力たち」(東京都現代美術館、2019)、「二つの心臓の大きな川」(アーツ千代田 3331、2017)、「BankART U35 Junya Kataoka+Rie Iwatake」(BankART Studio NYK、2017)、「PyeongChang Biennale 2017」(韓国、2017)など。

Rie Iwatake lives and works in Kanagawa, Since graduating from M.A. Art and Design Science, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki in 2006 and B.A. Textiles, Department of Craft, Kanazawa College of Art, Ishikawa, she has traveled to make works in many locations including Peru, Paris, Yokohama and Taiwan. She often works as a unit with Junya Kataoka, combining kinetic and two-dimensional works in a spatial composition that creates a narrative in the encounter of materials and designs, and in which the subject matter of each work is gently echoed.Recent exhibitions include “MOT Annual 2020 Invisible Powers” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo in 2020; Big Two- Hearted River, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 1F 3331 Gallery, Tokyo in 2019; “BankART U35, Junya Kataoka+Rie Iwatake” BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, “PyeongChang Biennale 2017” Gangneung, South Korea in 2017.

サイモン・ウィレムス|Simon Willems 

‘Untitled (Dance/Work) 1, 25 x 40cm, Oil on Linen 2021
‘Untitled (Dance/Work) 2, 25 x 40cm, Oil on Linen 2021

Green (Expand Monochrome)

Cast your eye to the left and the colour hovers between snooker table felt and AstroTurf, a brief entry of artifice that shouldn’t really work. Rebelling in the lower region of the painting, the riverbank in Morning Mist at Anderlys is a curious proposition: pitching green against green. It’s not just the colour, willing itself towards neon that appeals, when the cartoon graphics so characteristic of Felix Vallotton elsewhere (anticipating Hopper and Katz), accentuate this tension. Move to the right and the surface fogs – like Whistler’s Nocturnes – Green Earth and White stilling the river through a yellowing glaze. Except there’s a bluing in the mix, a mineral effect, and it’s hard to discern whether Oxide of Chromium or Pthalo are to blame. Either way, lime holds sway (Cinnabar Green, to be precise), marshalling the trees in the mid-distance.


<<Morning Mist at Anderlys>>の下の方にある川岸は、緑と緑をぶつけ合うような不思議な試みをしている。このネオンに向かって進んでいく色彩だけが魅力なのではなく、フェリックス・ヴァロットンの特徴である(ホッパーやカッツを先取りした)漫画のようなグラフィックが、この緊張感を際立たせているのである。


Nocturne in Blue And Silver, 1875-80, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Morning Mist at Anderlys, 1917, Felix Vallotton 

Afterthought: Picasso’s Blue Period strikes a chord not so much because blue is the signature, as to how this is achieved. Whether you’re looking at The Old Guitarist, Two Women at a Bar, or The Blue Room, what is primary is not the idea of monochrome as a point of singularity, so much as a space of difference, fuelled by the possibility that blue is a range as much as a given pigment. All hues are up for grabs, that is the point: monochrome doesn’t have to mean Gerhard Richter or Mark Tansey. Navigate the surface of any one piece and you’ll find Cerulean, Prussian and Cobalt, not to mention complementary earths, in all manner of applications.


The Old Guitarist, 1903/1904.Pablo Piccaso

Two women sitting at a bar, 1902, Pablo Picasso

The Blue Room, 1901, Pablo Picasso 

Simon Willems is a London-based artist. He is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Reading (UK), where he completed a practice-based PhD in Fine Art in 2019, having graduated from the Painting School at the Royal College of Art in 2000. He has shown widely in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and North America, including solo exhibitions at Torrance Art Museum (Los Angeles), FRAC Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand), Elephant West (London), Galerie Polaris (Paris) and Wallspace (New York) His work has featured and been reviewed in Flash Art, Art Review and Elephant Magazine amongst other publications, and was included in the survey painting publication, A Brush with the Real:Figurative Painting Today (Laurence King Publishing). Willems has written and published articles in the Journal of Contemporary Painting, the Journal of Organizational Aesthetics and the painting journal Turps Banana.

ロンドンを拠点に活動するアーティスト。2000年にロイヤル・カレッジ・オブ・アートのペインティングスクールを卒業し、現在はレディング大学(イギリス)のブリティッシュ・アカデミー博士研究員として、2019年にファインアートにおける実践ベースの博士課程を修了。トーランス美術館(ロサンゼルス)、FRAC Auvergne(クレルモンフェラン)、Elephant West(ロンドン)、Galerie Polaris(パリ)、Wallspace(ニューヨーク)での個展をはじめ、ヨーロッパと北米の各地で発表している。作品は『Flash Art』『Art Review』『Elephant Magazine』などの出版物で紹介され、絵画の研究書『A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today』 (Laurence King Publishing) で紹介された。また、『Journal of Contemporary Painting』、『Journal of Organizational Aesthetics』、絵画専門誌『Turps Banana』に執筆している。

Diana Zrnic|ダイアナ・ズルニク 

Time Does That, 2022, Diana Zrnic, 80 X 70 cm, Oil on canvas

Is painting an overly chewed bubble gum that lost its flavour? It became almost radical to push  the pigment over the flat surface in the last few decades, criticized as old-fashioned,  commodifying, or irrelevant. The fact that painting is in its most usual form flat like the screens  in our pockets and on our tables makes one wonder whether the oldest art form, questioned to  the point of crucifixion unlike any other, is in fact the most relevant in relation to the context  of vast digital networks. Often contrasted rather than compared for the obvious physical/digital  differences, paintings and screens are, all in all, both portals offering the clashing of realities in the strong illusory conjunction between real and projected spaces.

Simultaneously shrinking and stretching space of the mind and the surroundings, painting and  the Internet pose a question of where we see things being real. In constant search for bits of  that real, even in the unreal, we are looking for something that resonates or vaguely resembles  our sense of existence, genuineness, relevance, and importance. 

While offering spaces we cannot touch or step into, paintings and screens are still excellent  hosts. Although physically fragile, they have the strength to put up with any content we lay on them. Resilient to stories, figures, crazy ideas, good or bad antithesis, they testify to there being  no actual or absolute truths by offering a variety of possibilities. 

With painting, the key notion is that of the frame and what fits inside. Constraints are essential  to the very existence of painting as it depends on the limits of the object it inhabits and the  architecture it becomes a part of. Contemporary painting means pushing against some  constraints while working along with others. While a rejection of the weight of painting in the  80s was an inspection of what painting is and what taking pleasure in the paint is, today, it is  not so much about rejection as it is about arriving and departing in different directions.  

Although always present, stripped of its prominence by consciously holding onto its own  materiality, painting is coming back, and the world is flat once again!





Diana Zrnic, born in 1995 in Zagreb, is an emerging artist living and working in the UK. She  completed her postgraduate degree MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, in  2021 after graduating from the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb in 2018. Zrnic attended three  residency programs; in Barcelona, Berlin, and Lapua, which resulted in group and solo  exhibitions. Most recent shows include Grads Now at Saatchi gallery in London and the 6th Biennial of Painting at HDLU in Zagreb. Mainly working with paintings and sculptures, her  latest work explores notions of hybridity, simultaneity, and displacements of our lives and  world. Imagery seen in her work deploys experiences of disparate forces, the reality of being  implicated in an excessive number of processes at various scales and how, in a material sense,  the body is the co-processor of digital information.

1995年ザグレブ(クロアチア)生まれ。2018年ザグレブの美術アカデミーを卒業後、2021年ロンドン大学ゴールドスミス校の大学院MFAファインアート課程修了。イギリスを拠点に、主に絵画と彫刻を制作している。最新作では私たちの生活や世界の混成性、同時性、変位といった概念を探求している。作品に見られるイメージは、異質な力の経験、様々なスケールで過剰な数のプロセスに関与している現実、そして物質的な意味で、身体がデジタル情報の共同処理者であることを表現している。近年の展覧会に「Grads Now」(サーチ・ギャラリー、ロンドン)、「第6回Biennial of Painting」(HDLU、ザグレブ)など。

Contact info(a) for direction to House of Ebata and appointments.

House of Ebataへのアクセス、予約についてはinfo(a)kyokoebata.comにお問合せ下さい

The Case of T&S 2020; Good Bye My Father


<<The Case of T&S; Good Bye Father>> was shown as a result of works shop which I was invited as a guest work shop a guest workshop leader on martial arts to investigate a relation between love and violence through working with martial art groups in Dili.

I was not sure what I could show next to the performance of violence by people from Timor-Leste. Only violence I can think of is that our family decided to watch my father’s death at home last year, and he suffered so much at the end of his life.Living in Japan, I don’t really see real violence in everyday life, rather violence does not take physical form anymore. For some people violence is a form of communication and entertainment, or we talk about harassment all the time. Japan is more or less in a peaceful state but I feel how we humans are helpless. We need to keep making new friends and learn from each other.


唯一の私が思いつく暴力といえば、昨年、私の父の死を家族で自宅で看取ったことです。父は人生の最後にとても苦し見ました。ビデオ作品<The Case of T&S 2020; Good Bye Father|お父さん、さようなら>>では父の最後の息を引き取るところを見せました。 



A Photography Exhibition’7,610-kilometer Distance: Finally, We’ve Met One Another’byREKREATIF photographers from Timor-LesteFine art students from Silpakorn Universityand Kyoko Ebata, a guest artist from Japan1-24 AprilPSG Art GallerySilapakorn University, Bangkok

  • About the new video work in progress

Kyoko Ebata’s father died of advanced cancer after a 22-year battle with the aftereffects of a brain hemorrhage. Due to the Corona disaster, her family decided to take care of him at home.

With so little information, Ebata was not able to make rational judgments as she stayed next to him day and night, thinking that she had to say goodbye to him at the moment of his death.

Tasting the pain of not being able to help someone who was suffering in front of you and the fear of having their life or death in our hands, we hardly left his side for two months, watching him dying, saying goodbye twice, and the third time he really went.

The love of his family for him to live was violent in a way, and he would have liked to die right away, but because of his love for his family, he survived and met his end. The regret that everyone must feel is that there must have been another way to make him feel better, and it is important to tell the story of his death to the next generation.

The “end-of-life care” that is currently being promoted in the Corona disaster is completely different from the great deaths welcomed by large families in pre-modern times, and completely new from the “end-of-life care” at home in today’s nuclear family-oriented society. We need more knowledge and an auditing system.

While there are still people who see it as unavoidable to kill those who do not want to die if it is war, those who want to die have no right to die. How to deal with this contradiction only adds to the confusion. Have we changed in any way? Have we become happier? I feel the need to know more about death.

The end-of-life care of her father was also an opportunity for her to reflect on her mother, with whom she had a long history of disagreements and had hardly spoken to for over 20 years. She discovers her mother’s complex and deep love for her father, and is perplexed by the reality that her mother, who has lost her father as a guardian, is gradually accepting that her daughter is becoming a guardian as she ages, but Ebata feels that aging is gradually creeping up on her as well.

While having conversations with Utamura, who is raising her child, about life and death, love and sorrow, she also feels the importance of sharing these experiences with many people.

Currently, Ebata is working on a documentary about her father’s end-of-life care and a film about life and death based on her research of folk traditions passed down from generation to generation, centering on the old well in the house where her father grew up.









Workshop for Young Timorese Photographers

Martial art performance photography

Workshop: Nu’udar Ema; How do you cope with being a human?


22-26 February 2021 

Online/Timor Leste and Japan

Online/Timor Leste and Japan


workshop reference

©︎Silvestre Rudiyanto Soares

Exhibition opening Wednesday 31 March 2021, 15:00, PSG Art Gallery Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Exhibition period1-24 April 2021 10:00 – 18:00, Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays




©︎Hipolito Da Silva Baptista

“The virtue of all-in wrestling is that it is the spectacle of excess. Here we find a grandiloquence which must have been that of ancient theaters. And in fact wrestling is an open-air spectacle, for what makes the circus or the arena what they are is not the sky (a romantic value suited rather to fashionable occasions), it is the drenching and vertical quality of the flood of light. Even hidden in the most squalid Parisian halls, wrestling partakes of the nature of the great solar spectacles, Greek drama and bullfights: in both, a light without shadow generates an emotion without reserve.” R. Barthes, Analysis of wrestling from “Mythologies”

Goal: Understanding the culture of the participants with critical thinking and appreciate beauty and humanity

Definisaun: saida mak Arte Marsiais? / What is Martial Arts?

Historia: halo referensi ba realidade iha Timor / Reality in Timor-Leste

Solusaun: Dame/ Peace and  Unity

Workshop Reference 

To study love and violence in human nature, REKREATIF, a collective of young Timorese photographers will study forms of martial arts and document the movement each other as central players of the free practices and spectators of the practices.


Make something NEW

that only a contemporary Timor-leste can make.

Why there is the issue with martial arts groups in Timor-Leste?

A tradition is often created to unite a group of people. 

What is tradition to you?   

Investigate your feeling while the performance.

Do you also feel affection as well as excitement and anger?

War is there because of love, 

you love somebody so you protect him/her. 

That is the beginning.

We need to control the violence in ourselves,

that is why we made society and institutions.

How can we love our neighbour? 

Acacio Pinto

Silvestre Rudiyanto Soares

Hipolito Da Silva Baptista

Silvestre Pires Castro

Rofino Leandro Ferreira


“There is a miracle in every new beginning.”  Hermann Hesse

Because of the Covid 19, we had to find a way to do the workshop remotely. I wanted to take this challenge into a chance to do something that I don’t usually do. Every work of mine always has my strong ego as a female Japanese artist. 10 out of 11 participants in the workshop are men. I thought this is a chance for me to do something that only boys can do.

I never really had a problem being a woman,  but sometimes I felt I can’t join the boy’s club, like pro-wrestling  in school (Yes, it was the 80’s). I couldn’t help myself to stop them and I was called Eba-police, which comes from a children’s TV show combined with my surname Ebata. I envied the boys talking about their secret base. They seem to warm friendship through pain as a sign of accepting each other.So I wanted to propose a project that only boys can do.

Learning about The 1999 East Timorese crisis, it seems to be appropriate to do something about violence , not to celebrate and as a disaster tourism, but to understand what is violence. A primitive violence can be a tool of communication and the physical power has been celebrated throughout human history. A love towards beauty, power usually encourages desire of possession and leads to violence. But love can survive as a noble mind.

It is great to have peace, in Japan physicality including violence becomes more like a fantasy rather than reality. But there is a downside of higher suiside rate and lower childbirth rate. To not have real space and real small violence, things can go crazy.

The sad history of the East Timorese crisis can be strong aura of the identity of the artists, and to think through physicality is very important part of martial arts, to have harmony in mind and body, which all of us feel strongly during the Covid 19 where everybody has to stay at home at the moment.

When I proposed the idea to the participants, they were shocked, saying it was dangerous. Apparently the martial arts groups are a hot issue in East Timor at the moment. It was a kind of miracle that I pointed out the important issue. 

Near the end of his last book Chaosmosis (1993), Félix Guattari asks: ‘how do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art?’ For Guattari, art is an endlessly renewable source of vitalist energy and creation, a constant force of mutation and subversion. He lays out a tripartite schema of art’s development, arguing that we are on the brink of a new paradigm in which art is no longer beholden to Capital. In this new state of affairs, which he names the ‘ethico- aesthetic paradigm’, art should claim ‘a key position of transversality with respect to other Universes of value’, bringing about mutant forms of subjectivity and rehumanising disciplinary institutions. Transversality, for Guattari, denotes a ‘militant, social, undisciplined creativity’; it is a line rather than a point, a bridge or a movement, motored by group Eros.

In other words, I would like to investigate  love and violence in human nature with REKREATIF  studying physicality and emotion through forms of martial arts. Although I need more research I could somehow understand this martial arts movement needing to protect themselves among different political powers and after the crisis, and low employment rate of course. However I hear that there are positive sides of this group that they are uniting the community.  Young people are full of  energy. After all an martial arts suppose to unite body and soul. The energy of people is so attractive. 

I don’t consider workshop as a form of education, for me it is just making a project together as usual. But after I spent time talking to each participant and learnt a lot, it reminded of the do famous Paulo Freire’s education as a practice of freedom (educacao compo praticia) a little and made me like the idea of workshop. I am excited to see from this beautiful island East Timor.

– Kyoko Ebata, Tokyo,  17 February  2021

In the End

Through the Covid 19, I made a lot of  good friends without meeting in person from a country where the sun rises and  in same time zone as Japan but in completely different season. I feel I know them and I can trust them. What an interesting world. Although in terms of violence, I didn’t learn anything, I think. I only learned through conversation, book and photographies. I even admire them looking at the pictures that the participants took. I am not sure how I would feel  I were there in Timor-Leste. I guess there are things that we cannot learn without being there.

Through the workshop, we tried martial arts performance in a kind of mockumentary, and even invented one dancing like technique which I would like to call REKREATIF Dancing Puch (please collect me if is not cool) if no one object. One of the REKREATIF member succeeded invite a person from  different martial art group, which seems to be quite a difficult thing. I see this is as a kind of symbolic gesture of friendship of mart art groups in dispute, and very proud of them. 

Other discovery was that there are ao many strong women in Timor-Leste. The women there are so beautiful and healthy. The recent trend of plus size fashion models, they really should use the women from Timor-Leste, they look happy, beautiful proud and strong. Maybe this is another fantasy I build up from the pictures and not from the reality by not being there. I see so many possibility here where a democracy has just starting to grow and makes me excited..

But if they are interested, perhaps the performance can be developed into Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Or if there are next time for me to visit Timor-Leste, I would like to do something about dance that I like, exchanging  denser representatives from each tribes and learn another style from different tribe and have a dance festival. 

In the show we could only show a few works, I tired to show different emotions in the model, passion, pain, excitement, concentration, cares and affection. So pictures with similar expression were turned down, but it does not mean they are not good picture. REKREATIF produced many good pictures in very short time. And without  the members like Janicia and Binsar who helped for translation and solved communication problems, we could not do this workshop. Also in the first one on one interviews with all the members of the participants, I feel very welcomed especially there was one who brought his family support our challenging project. I learned about the history between Timor-Leste and Japan too.  I am so glad that nobody got injured in the end and I would remember all the words and smiles  that we exchanged. 

Thank you very much Ms. Toeingam Guptabutra, Faculty of Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand, The Japan Foundation Asia Centre for giving me wonderful opportunity.


– Kyoko Ebata, Tokyo,  25 March  2021

Eyestalk Ablation, Yokohama

Eyestalk Ablation
by Tim Byrnes and Kyoko Ebata
for Volcana Brainstorm or, How to Make Shrimp Feel Sexy
by Elena Knox (Yokohama Triennale 2020 edition),
Ladies 2F, PLOT48, Yokohama Triennale 2020  
会場: 横浜トリエンナーレ 2020 PLOT48, 2F 婦人トイレ 



ノックスの課題に答えたティム ・バーンズと江幡京子は、一般的に繁殖を促すために養殖のエビに施されている眼柄除去の技術をハロカリディナ・ルブラ(ハワイ原産の体長2ミリ程のエビ)に施こし、ウランガラスでできたエコスフィアに放した。



An ecosphere is closed, self-regulating system containing ecosystem. There is a problem, even though  the system is balanced, shrimps stop making offsprings. 

“Keep your species alive in the sphere by making offspring!” This is an assignment given from a workshop, Volcana Brainstorm organised by Elna Knox. 

Tim Byrnes and Kyoko Ebata have applied eyestalk ablation which is used frequently in in aqua farming to encourage reproduction, to Halocaridina rubra Holthuis, a small Hawaiian shrimp of approx. 2 mm in length, and placed to an ecosphere made of uranium glass carafe. 

 A baby shrimp may be born during the Triannual and the regendry problem since 60s may be solved. 

Here is a question, do females have to have a scar to reproduce in the closed system= the earth? Do we reproduce if a female is scared?

DIY operation tools| DIY手術道具
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Eyestalk ablation is the removal of one or both eyestalks from a crustacean. It is routinely practiced on female shrimps in almost every marine shrimp maturation or reproduction facility in the world, both research and commercial. 

The aim of ablation under these circumstances is to stimulate the female shrimp to develop mature ovaries and spawn. Most captive conditions for shrimp cause inhibitions in females that prevent them from developing mature ovaries. Even in conditions where a given species will develop ovaries and spawn in captivity, use of eyestalk ablation increases total egg production and increases the percentage of females in a given population that will participate in reproduction. Once females have been subjected to eyestalk ablation, complete ovarian development often ensues within as little as 3 to 10 days. 

Halocaridina rubra, the Hawaiian red shrimp or volcano shrimp is a small red shrimp (less than 15 mm) of the family Atyidae, with the common Hawaiian name ‘Opae’ula. Halocaridina rubra is endemic to the Hawaiian islands, and most commonly found in anchialine pools in fresh lava substrates. They are very strong and commonly used in demonstrations of completely closed self-sustaining ecological systems. 

An ecosphere is materially closed ecological systems which are self-sustaining over a period of years.  At room temperature, and with only low inputs of light, the algae produce oxygen which supports the shrimp and bacteria. Bacteria break down the shrimps’ wastes. The breakdown products provide nutrients to the algae and bacteria upon which the shrimp feed. The manufacturer states that shrimp live in the EcoSphere for an average of 2 to 3 years, and are known to live over 10 years.

Such systems are not indefinitely sustainable in the sense that the reproductive capability of the shrimp is highly suppressed and the ecosystem perishes after a single generation. For a truly self-sustaining closed system one therefore must demand that the participating species have the ability to reproduce. As one of the most common techniques employed to enhance the reproductive ability of crustaceans in aquaculture, eyestalk ablation is a prime candidate for realizing a truly self-sustaining ecological system. 

For the work <<Eyestalk Ablation>> Tim Byrnes and Kyoko Ebata performed DIY eyestalk ablation on Halocaridina rubra Holthuis and placed in a carafe made from uranium glass. Following their work<< Nutopia 2011>>, where they created a biotope containing a nuclear powered energy source after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the uranium carafe is a symbol of the toxified environment of the modern world. 

If we, as humans, interpret that the violent ablation constitutes a significant individual threat, can we assume that the shrimp farm females need to be in crisis in order to “feel like” reproductive sex? Moreover, might physical safety and bodily autonomy even prevent child-bearing in closed environments? 

Do females have to have a scar to reproduce in the ecosphere= the earth? Ebata and Byrnes seek for a solution of the declining birthrate.


Eyestalk ablation とは甲殻類の目がついている細い棒状の部分である眼柄 除去のことで、リサーチ、商用等の目的に関わらず、世界中ほぼ全ての海洋性のエビの成熟・繁殖施設で、日常的にメスのエビに対して行われている。 


ハロカリディナ・ルブラはヌマエビ科の小さなエビで、ハワイの固有種である。 その体長は最大1.5cmに満たない。原産地のハワイではオパエウラと呼ばれ、 溶岩が流れ出ているアンキアライン池に生息する。他に多くの名前があり、ハ ワイアンレッドシュリンプ、スカーレットシュリンプ、ピクシーシュリンプ、ホロホ ロシュリプなどがある。ハロカリディナ・ルブラは非常に強いことから、完全に密閉されたエコシステムの実演に使われることが多い。 

しかし、この密閉されたエコシステムではハロカリディナ・ルブラが産卵がしないので、本当の意味で持続可能なエコシステムとは言えない。密閉された環境ではエビの生殖能力が抑圧され、一世代のみしか生き延びることがないからだ。真に種の継続が可能な密閉されたエコシステムを作り出すために、一般的に最もよく行われている生殖を促す技術である眼柄除去をハロカリディナ・ル ブラにも施すことは、不妊問題の解決の有力な候補であると言えよう。 

<<Eyestalk Ablation>> において、ティム ・バーンズと江幡京子はハロカリディナ・ルブラにDIYで眼柄除去を施し、更にエビをウランガラスでできた水差しに放した。

ウラングラスはごく少量のウランを含有していて、紫外線で光る特質がある。バーンズと江幡が福島第一発電所事故の後に作った作品<<Nutopia 2011>>で、原子力を利用したエネルギー源をビオトープに設置したように、ビオトープを現代の世界と見立て、ウランの水差しを毒されてしまった環境の象徴とした。


メスのエビ=女性は閉じられたエコシステムの中=地球では、傷がなければ生殖することができないのか、傷つけられ、 弱い立場であれば生殖するのか?バーンズと江幡は種としての人類の生存について問う。

Texts on the walls

entrancebut we are not shrimpだけどわたしたちエビじゃないし
mirrorAre you happy now?
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you walk around me like a dog
I order myself to be still in love and at the same time to be no longer in love. 

The sense of belonging and collective mind brings the group of people to stability.
When a modern person realises his/her independence, the desire for love becomes deeper.

In the contemporary world, where not only female but also male are excluded from labour; there everybody wishes to be beautiful and loved

cubicle 2
you hum like a monkey

We kept on killing the sacrificed  shrimp. Because we found a fictional story and cannot go back before we found it. Moreover, we believe that to keep on doing this is the freedom of choice and gives us reason to live.

I don’t need porno, I just want to give what a man want. In fact all the porno actress are my enemies who steal my man.

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you giggle like a cat

We might have lost our ability to tolerate confusion, doubts and contradictions.

We regard abnegation as something to keep within the enclosure of our my Image-repertoire.

The lover who loves me the most is the other who harts me the most



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We’re going home

Show me whom to desire

We should get pregnant when we are young and stupid, and beautiful and biologically at the height of the physical strength..  And we, the society should look after like the wise elephants do.
Japan may sank after the next large earthquake or nuclear power station accidents.

Japanese would wonder around the world like the old time Jewish people who lost their country. The key to unite Japanese together would be food as a religion. 

Objects: the memory of a date of my father





Special Thanks; Elea Himmelsbach, Tomoaki Asano, Taiga Okamoto, my father and many others.

<<Nutopia 2011 >> by Tim Byrnes and Kyoko Ebata for Volcana Brainstorm or, How to Make Shrimp Feel Sexy by Elena Knox (Yokohama Triennale 2020 edition)

Artist Kyoko Ebata and physicist Tim Byrnes have been working on a series of experiments and studies, Nutopia, including making sealed bottle environments, simple power plants – eventually towards making a simple nuclear powered device to illuminate a small quasi-natural scene, Ebata has also been inventing ceremonies. These activities are recorded as photographs. Their activities work as ways of making of the invisible consequences of Fukushima something quite immediate, something that can be engaged with to understand the world.


at Volcana Brainstorm by Elena Knox, Yokohama Trianual 2020

Nutopia 2011

Nutopia 2011 is a collaboration project between a physicist Tim Byrnes and an artist Kyoko Ebata, started after the Fukushima incident in Japan. 
Ebata and Byrnes made a hypothesis to make a nuclear energy power plant in model scale just to  the illumination of  a small biotope (a sealed environment in a bottle). The purpose of the experiments is to try gain a relation to how we live in the world, making simple power generators and bottle gardens, sometimes inventing ceremonies in the process, documented in photography. 
The thematic starting point of the project w
as to think about the way we live in a world with the aid of energy at the same time referring to romanticised landscape. After the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011, there was a sense that the landscape of Japan couldn’t be perceived without reference to radioactive material. The energy issue is a very complicated one, and Byrnes and Ebata thought that it might be valuable to think about the energy issue on a smaller scale to see what it offers to a wider understanding of the context of nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster – a process with both subject and objective elements, and an engagement between Ebata’s fearful opposition and Byrnes’s belief in the potential of new energy.
As the project develops, the discussion between the scientist and the artist itself has come to symbolise relations in the wider world, the process of experimentation itself was emotionally loaded with the aura of the disaster, and as the process developed, ceremonies were added that reflect a willfully subjective approach to human life. Through, their approach trying to conduct the experiment in a “right” way ethically and legally, they try to understand the reality alongside re-acknowledging the difference in the value system and the fact that no right way exists. While Byrnes tries a scientific way, Ebata takes romantic attitude, and calls a impromptu funeral Shrimp Funeral and conducts another one, Melting in Seas of Tears by melting the frozen tears of her own together with the dead shrimp.
In July 2013, “How we Dance in the Wind”, a one day show of three artists concerned with how, in the way we relate to them, we can deal with what is troubling about the unknown, undetermined or unseen, was held in a private garden of Ebata in Tokyo curated by Ebata Alasdair Duncan and Ebata, invited Tatsuo Majima. Prototype PROTOTYPE III (ii): HEAT PACK, and PROTOTYPE IV (ii): GLOW STICK were shown together with the photographs was exhibited
In August, following the garden show in Tokyo, another group show “Gardening” at a garden of Duncan in London was held with different curation and artist. For this show, “Prototype V: Three devices of class B Radioactive source” were exhibited. Prototype V, in Garden Projects #2 uses light from tritium, a radioactive isotope, sandwiched between solar panels to create electricity which powers several LED lights. We have succeeded to complete the task of setting up a semipermanent device powered by radioactive substance and set up in a sealed environment which represent the earth.

The radioactive substances regulation laws differ in each country. In order to conduct whole process by law, the tritium sticks were purchased in Holland and sent to UK. The device was assembled accordance to “Guidance on the scope of and exemptions from the radioactive substances legislation the UK”, September 2011, Version 1.0 (*1), tritium light sticks used here are categorized as class B which is target of exemption if it is under 1X10(12) bq (non-mobile).

The process of making the project – planning and making devices and environments, undertaking ceremonies, and documenting these – is one of building close-at-hand meta- phors which we can relate to as stand-ins. By making a metaphoric things to stand in for that which we cannot know, we are able to suture, to stitch up, to close, some of the discomfort of that not-knowing. In the place of the mere gap of the unknown, is placed a sign for that unknown as some- thing knowable as unknown.


Prototype I

Prototype II

Prototype III

Prototype IV

Funeral I (Shrimp Cocktail)

 Ceremony I

    1) Place the deceased shrimp in the glass 
    2) Place the glass together with other empty glasses to form a cocktail tower.
    3) Poor alcohol to empty glasses
    4) Place candles, incense and flowers
    5) Light up the candles and incense
    6) Pray
    7) Sing any kind of religious song (in my case Ave Maria)
    8) Drink alcohol
    9) Cremate the shrimps
   10) Dig a hole by a tree and place the cremated shrimps
   11) Drink alcohol

Funeral I I (Melted in the Sea of Tears)

Collected tears (the ice above contains the tears of the artist)
I kept on making experiments and kept on failing them.  So it was quite natural that I had to hold another ceremony. I was easy to cry those days and sometime I cried so much because there were quite a few sad events happened including my mother’s hospitalisation.  I thought if I cry so much I should be able to keep the tears in a container to make ice. I think I was influenced by a story on radio that a radio announcer collected his sweat to make salt at home.

Ceremony II
 I. Collect tears into the container when ever tear drops
    II.  Add the collected tears to the ice cube maker together with the deceased shrimps
 III.   Freeze the ice cube maker
 IV.   Take the ice out and place in the glasses
 V.  Place the glasses together with candles, incense and flowers
 VI.   Light up the candles and incense
 VII.  Pray
 VIII. Sing any kind of religious song
 IX.   Drink alcohol while the ice is melting
Exhibition View in Tokyo

About the show
Collaboration with Tasuo Majima and Alasdair Duncan View in London

Prototype V

The tritium light sticks are actually generating the LED.

<First Plan>

Brazil nuts are radioactive; needs 10 billion kilograms.
投稿日:01/13/2013 作成者: KyokoTim wrote;
brazil nuts 1,000 to 7,000 pCi/kg of radon-226 and 5,600pCi/kg of potassium-40
bananas 1 pCi/kg of radon-226 and 3,520 pCi/kg of potassium-40
potatoes 1 to 2.5 pCi/kg of radon-226 and 3,400 pCi/kg of potassium-40
DIY Nuclear reactor in US and Sweden
投稿日:01/13/2013 作成者: Kyoko

“Radioactive Boy Scout” 1994
David Charles Hahn (born October 30, 1976), also called the “Radioactive Boy Scout” or the “Nuclear Boy Scout“, is an American who attempted to build a homemade breeder nuclear reactor in 1994, at age 17. A scout in the Boy Scouts of America, Hahn conducted his experiments in secret in a backyard shed at his mother’s house in Commerce Township, Michigan. While his reactor never reached critical mass, Hahn attracted the attention of local police who found radioactive materials in the trunk of his car. His mother’s property was cleaned up by the Environmental Protection Agency ten months later as a Superfund cleanup site. Hahn attained Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America shortly after his reactor was dismantled.[1]
While the incident was not widely publicized initially, it became better known following a 1998 Harper’s article by journalist Ken Silverstein. Hahn is also the eponymous subject of Silverstein’s 2004 book, The Radioactive Boy Scout.,vepisode,1,1
Swedish man arrested for building nuclear reactor in kitchen, 2011
A Swedish man who kept a blog chronicling his attempts to build a homemade nuclear reactor in his apartment has shut down the project after being arrested by police and held under suspicion of breaching radioactive material safety laws.  If convicted of an offence, he faces heavy fines or up to two years in jail.

↑The bottle of chewing gum sold in 2011 says words of Madam Curie: There is nothing that you should be scared of in your life. All should be understood.

Tried heating up nails to get the heat and it stank a lot!

Changed to BQ style with cole which seems o all right, at least less smelly.

The power up electronic circuits!

投稿日:01/20/2013 作成者: Kyoko
 Now working with a heat pack (ホッカイロ) with an aid of powered up electronic circuits.The lights has      been on for half a day now… I wonder how long it is going to go.
I have managed to break it by spilling water when I carried. 

A Shrimp Couple and a Tanishi Family
投稿日:01/27/2013 作成者: Kyoko
It was full of life and death this weekend.

We have started to try out with the biotope to go with the nuclear power station and went to buy stuff from a pet shop in Kabukicho.

There were beautiful waterweed and all these beautiful fish in tank. But it was rather strange to see fish and weed from Brazil or Africa.  A bit of a flesh trade that was, like what is going on upstairs in Kabukicho, the biggest red light district in Asia.

In the end we bought  a pair of shrimp which was next to Amano shrimp around 2 cm which we were going to buy initially. The Amano shrimp was bigger than we expected. They all come in a beautiful plastic bags separately, beautifully brown up in a round shape. 

We brought back a couple of Amano shrimp- alike, a couple of shell (Tanishi) and waterweed home: The shrimp and shell happen to be originated in Japan and we were proud of our choice. As soon as we got home, we have added stone from garden and water from the store and little animals to the glass jar.   

We watched for a while and discovered that there are man and woman in these spices. Couldn’t tell which one is which but it was so nice to imagine that the shrimp and shell are on date. 

After a while we have made another discovery that there were baby shells.  Apparently, if a shell get pregnant, she keeps her babies inside herself until hard shells are formed and then she releases  the babies into water. So the shell was pregnant when we bought her and she was in labour while we were having a drink. 

It was looking good for a while but after the dinner, we noticed that the shrimp was upside down and  moving only a little and the shell was also not climbing the glass as it suppose to be.  And the shrimp sunk into the bottom of the jar and hardly moved. 

It might be the stones from my garden, we suspected. The red brick stones in my garden were bought via internet, a pretty ones but cheap. I bought the stones via Internet and we don’t know where the stones come from. Even if it is from Japan, no, if it is from Japan, then might have radioactive stuff (still hard to understand how to say this right) on them, or nobody checks what is going on at the actual site. 
We don’t know how it was treated to make them look clean. It should be better if it is toxic, it means less weeds. I rescued the shrimp which was alive with a spoon in a hurry and thinking it would also heart him/her, but better than being in the toxic water. 

The shrimp and the shells were the first pet I ever paid money for. I had a cat and birds when I was a child. But the birds flew in from the sky and stood on my arm, and the cat came with my father on a rainy day. I was responsible to look after a bird. One day I forgot to take the birdcage back on winter night. The next morning, the bird was dead, lying on the bottom of golden cage. It was a white Java sparrow with red eyes. The closed eyelids were greyish pink. Since then I swore myself never to keep a pet if I cannot look after. The first pets ever since then were reproduced and was dead soon after in few hours.

On the following day, the other shrimp was dead. We researched the courses and  I went to get freshwater from the local shrine, it supposes to be better to use water which has many bacterias. After placing everything back, the shrimp in better condition and the shell family is happy sticking on the glass wall. I am wondering if I should add a new shrimp to make a couple, it might be too crowded in there.
Shrimp #5
投稿日:01/29/2013 作成者: Kyoko

In the end, I bought another shrimp. I asked the shopkeeper about the shrimp. The shop keeper said “shrimp is sensitive with water and not good at lack of oxygen. It would be difficult to keep it without air pump. It would be better to keep killifish (medaka) .” But, the how-to for a biotope with shrimps says it is possible. So I have decided to follow the textbook. I placed the duck weed in a separate bucket for a week and changed water a few times hoping that it would wash away the pesticide by now. But  I am not sure any more. I bought the shrimp by knowing that I might kill it.
Came home and of course
投稿日:01/30/2013 作成者: Kyoko
I think a shrimp is dying. It’s neck is turning into red.  I am so so so sorry…
Oh, no. 
投稿日:01/31/2013 作成者: Kyoko
Yesterday morning, I thought, one of the shrimp was dead. In the end it was lying on the bottom of the jar not moving at all. I was very sad. I was thinking to give a name for a grave. Then I remembered a saying that a scientist does not give a name to an animal for experiments.  I now know why. 

When I got back home, I tried to get the dead shrimp out from the jar but I was too tired so I added the new couple without weeds to the jar so that they won’t die of hunger, and then went to bed.  

This morning, I checked the jar. Then I couldn’t find the dead shrimp, but instead, I found a shrimp with reddish neck. I am totally puzzled. I called the pet shop, found out the name of the shrimp next to the Numaebi (Amano shrimp), it was mimami numaebi (Southern Amano Shrimp). According to the shopkeeper, Amano Shrimp does change its color into the blue or red. If a shrimp is sick, it also change the color into red. 

Oh, no. He/she is suffering. I should hurry and rescue my poor shrimp.

The 2nd Tanishi
投稿日:02/23/2013 作成者: Kyoko

The 2nd tanishi now has children. Quite a few of them, I think.
The condition of the glass is not that good. Strange web like thing is growing in there.

Shrimp Funeral a la cocktail
All the shrimps were dead again. I am afraid it sounds a bit weird but I wanted to do a little funeral for the shrimps. I realised that I had so much variety for the funeral, Buddhism, Christian, Voodoo, and so many others, as well as Burial or Cremation. Though, I didn’t have enough time to prepare much for this because the shrimps were getting rotten. Decided to improvise with things I could  find around my house..
It was unusually warm day for February. I set up a trey with incenses, candles, flowers, alcohol.  The one glass contained duckweed, the other one contained Campari soda, three glass in the middle contained Sake, and on the top  3 shrimps lied with flower. It represents this life, the next life and purification (oh, I sound mad). Frankly, the incense was necessary, because the “body” smelled. Only religious song I could sing was a catholic song in Latin which I remember from school. I felt very strange but it was necessary and beautiful in a way. And the ritual was in Buddhism I guess because only funeral I attended was Buddhism for my grandparents. I have to admit that it is a bit sick that in the end it turned out as a shrimp cocktail.

The next step was a cremation. I found a leftover charcoal from BBQ so I put the shrimps on top and burned it in the garden. Soon, they smelled rather yummy. I could have eaten as a part of ceremony but I am not that brave or crazy, so I continued to burn them until they were black and  to the ash. I have buried them and poured sake over. And the ritual was finished. I was very drank by the end of it. I thought the idea was completely kitschy and damn but it was not too bad in the end. I guess it was the power of rituals.

A group exhibition in Ebata’s garden in Tokyo

In London. Alasdair Duncan is developing the Nutopia

Later in Tokyo, the plants are growing and change through the season. 

SqW: Lab 2020, India

Core fellows Charlie Levine, Katsushi Goto, Rose Van Mierlo and Vishwa Shroff will be returning with 2020 invitees Adam Nathaniel Furman, Kyoko Ebata, Ana Čavić and Veeranganakumari Solanki.

The aims for this second Laboratory are similar to the first – to examine the domestic through drawing while encouraging dialogue around creative practices and processes across disciplines. We continue with a new series of Play Projects that explore curatorial methods, the dolls house and (fictional) narratives.

from “Tender Buttons