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《木の役》(2007)という作品を制作中に、富士山麓の自殺の名所、青木ヶ原の樹海で、同世代のオタクによる自殺の痕跡を見つけた。現場の完璧な景色と不条理な世界観、そして前向きな言葉が書きなぐられた遺書である。言葉を失うほどの衝撃を受けたが、作品化にあたってどれだけ悩んで議論を重ねても、アートのセオリーではそれは不可能だとの結論にしか至らない。けっきょく、ほとんどそのままのかたちでギャラリーに設置し、首を吊ったと思われる紐の輪っかの部分に、「なんともいえない」感じをイメージして作った白い人形を座らせて展示。そのすべての物と経緯に《ともだち》と名づけた。なお、現場に遺体はなかったため、自殺の真相は不明。 During the making of 「Wood Actor」 (2007) in the sea of trees Aokigahara at the base of Mt. Fuji, well known as a suicide spot, Chim↑Pom found a suicide note by an Otaku [geek] boy around the same age as the group members. The perfect scenery of the site of his suicide, absurd expressions, and his positive words dashed out in the suicide note. Shocked and at a loss for words, Chim↑Pom ended up with a conclusion that the theory of art could never express it no matter how much they discuss situating it as a work. Consequently they exhibited the tableau in the gallery space almost as it was, where they made a tiny white doll as expression of their “ambiguous feelings” and put it upon the noose that he supposedly used for hanging himself. Chim↑Pom gave the title 「TOMODACHI (Friend)」 to all these objects and the whole series of events. Even so, his body was not found at the site and it remains unclear whether his suicide was really carried out.
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