MINO ARATA + AMIMORI SHOHEI
The first performance of King Richard III, a tragedy by Shakespeare, was given in 1591. King-Richard_3.tomb, a collaborative piece by Arata Mino, a photographer and playwright, and Shohei Amimori, a musician and composer, was created by referencing King Richard III, which depicts Richard III, a brother of the king and a Machiavellian, ascending to the throne using his eloquence to scheme the downfall of his political opponents and his subsequent defeat, deserted by his followers after a short reign.
“I am at Richard III’s tomb. Richard III used to be here. I am sad because Richard III died. Richard III had been killed here. Now, am I Richard III?”
Set in Tokyo of 2019-2020, with accelerated urban development plans underway for the upcoming Olympics, a person wearing a parka and a jacket is walking along a temporary enclosure of a construction site while dragging a guitar and reading the lines aloud. A person holding a microphone accompanies the person from the front, recording the ambient sounds of the construction site as well as the spoken words. The man holding the guitar utters things while imitating Richard III, seemingly acting as a mouthpiece for a certain entity. He simultaneously strikes the guitar on the road, damaging its wooden body, and occasionally making sounds from it. Perhaps the resulting sound image and the man’s monologue lamenting the tragedy are instant reactions to the front Tokyo puts on amid its definite decay.