Unbalanced Walk

Rebecca Solnit wrote in her book “Wanderlust: A History of Walking” that “walking is a state in which mind, body, and world are aligned, as if three characters are finally talking together. However, I felt the opposite.

The struggle of living in a new place as an immigrant artist. The war between Gaza and Israel that took place within a month of my arrival here. Homeless people being excluded from the city in preparation for the Paris Olympics. In order to link my own emotional turmoil with that of the world, I did a performance in which I walked 2 km in a straight line from my home to Place du Chatelet, balancing an umbrella on my fingertips.

The weather in Ishikawa Prefecture, my hometown, is so changeable that there is a saying, “Don’t forget your umbrella even if you forget your lunch box,” and it is the place with the most precipitation in Japan. This performance is a game and a special skill that I have always played on my way to school since I was a child. Umbrellas also have the effect and meaning as a protest in demonstrations. Fresh in my memory would be the 2014 Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong. Students resisted hypnotic bombs thrown by riot police by using umbrellas.

A small camera was attached to the end of the umbrella to record video of their faces and people walking in the vicinity as they advanced, vibrating and swaying. The scene where I lost my balance and dropped the umbrella was edited in slow motion. The camera was unable to proceed beyond Chatelet Square because it was blocked by the large number of demonstrators who had gathered to show solidarity with Palestine and the riot police who were intervening and restricting the demonstrations.

レベッカ・ソルニットは著書『Wanderlust: A History of Walking』の中で、「歩くことは心と身体と世界が一直線に並んだ状態であり、まるで3人の登場人物が最終的に一緒に会話しているかのようである」と書いたが、私がパリで歩き続けて感じたことはその逆であった。