IN_BETWEEN: Empty Lots (Pictures).
Realized within just 10 days, I invited 26 citizens to tell me about their personal visions for the vacant urban spaces that are everywhere in Kyoto. Consequently IN_BETWEEN transformed a remnant space into a temporary gallery and ordinary people into artists who kneaded unfulfilled desires into play dough sculptures.
Contrary to the overall densely developed city, Kyoto has numerous empty, remnant spaces that often remain unused for decades. These unstructured places have a special and sometimes poetic character all their own. They put no restrictions on us, they invite us to dream, to make the space our own. In these places there is a sense of loneliness, but also of possibility. Due to high inheritance taxes and maintenance costs many old homes are demolished when their owner passes away. The narrow clearances are turn into parking lots or remain vacant sometimes for decades – even along major traffic arteries.
A Photographic Inventory (March 2009)
Phantom Houses (detail views)
Momentarium creates situations where our very presence becomes the catalyst for shifting experiences we can integrate into our lives by fusing reality with co-created artifice.