At Your Service.
Daily creative treatments in urban environments delivered by artist-in-service Markuz Wernli Saitô. Rain or shine. Seven days a week. Free of charge.
In autumn 2006 everybody interested in Kyoto and Hakodate (Japan) was invited to join unusual one-hour experiences in everyday urban places, daily for 56 consequent days. In an effort to ignite our streamlined, hyper-functional lives with meaningful encounters and fresh discoveries I offered specific services for each day of the week at various times and locations. My service provision also included to file a service report and fabricate an online video clip from each action.
Project Documentary (Jan. 2006, 8:30min, 33MB)
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Describtion of daily actions
MONDAYS: Mobile Tea Ceremony.
Enjoy a simplified version of traditional Japanese hospitality in unusual settings: experience how to take a break and sip freshly whisked tea can transform the moment. Japanese tea ceremony my way
TUESDAYS: I Love Trash Days.
It's time to finally express our gratitude towards a service we take for much too granted. Let's post as many thank you notes onto trash bags which address our heros of the day: Our Garbage Men.
WEDNESDAYS: City Canal Tours.
Explore the metropolitan water ways of Kyoto and discover your town from a whole new perspective. Adventure in the open acquatic wildlife and wet feet are guaranteed.
THURSDAYS: Coin Mosaic.
Let's infuse new meaning to the tactile walkways and see how the contribution of many makes a decorative difference on under-utilized and sterile public inventory.
FRIDAYS: Tree Guarding.
Gain a new appreciation for the trees on Kyoto's speediest and grayest street - that happens to be an overlooked parkway. Let's discover how trees are living chronists of urban development and human activity.
SATURDAYS: Bridge Sitting.
Bridges are not just the dull connectors for trafic to overcome obstacles. Every bridge offers itself as a stage in the landscape inviting you to sit down and take in the scenery up- and down stream.
SUNDAYS: Vending Machine Stories.
This is the culmination point designed for busy folks who missed the weekday services. Meet the artist-in-service, hear the latest episodes of the preceeding week and ask your tough questions. This is story time.