Ueno Park I, 2004
First version of Ueno Park at CCA Studio’s, Kitakyushu, Japan.
Site-specific Installation. Two video projections, half open wooden structure, wall, blue light, blue plastic sheeds on the windows. Two 30’ DVD’s in continuous loops, with sound.
'Ueno Park' is part of the project ‘Men become Flowers’, started in Kyushu (JP) in 2004.
Between 2003 and 2004 Gartz resided at a studio in the CCA Center for Contemporary Art, in Kitakyushu, Japan. Japanese life is filled with contradictions and, because of this, difficult to grasp for an outsider. The country looks hypermodern, at the same time tradition and protocol seem to determine everything, and individual freedom is less relevant. During her stay Gartz was taken by the beauty of the Japanese landscape and the way everything is designed. She also noticed the shelters of the many homeless, whose stay in public space is tolerated. It is caused by the economic recession that has afflicted the country for years. Parks look like campgrounds filled with improvised tents of blue plastic. Gartz connected with some of the homeless and captured their habitat in lustrous green environments in drawings, video and slides. She also explored semi- covered spaces like shopping centers, underground corridors that connect skyscrapers and tourist accommodations where the homeless crowd together.
From: VRIZA press release, 2005. Also see: Ueno Park II