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UNIVERSE 69 — phase 1 (Gyumri, Armenia)

The project “Universe 69” investigates the events in the life of Armenian and Japanese societies. At first glance, it is a society with different cultural traditions, mentality, and the level of involvement in the contemporary technological epoch, language, culture and many others that forms an integral part as a nation, as well as the territory on which this nation was formed and is living until this day.
However, the tragic events that took place in Armenia and Japan unites them into one whole. We are talking about the earthquake, which happened in Armenia in December 7, 1988 and the events that occurred in March 11, 2011 in Japan.
The experience of gained traumas acutely bared sensitive aspects of human subjectivity, has concentrated emotional side, which was making it as a carrier an irrational principle, while not offering nor any potential scenarios for the resolving the situation.
In the formed conditions, it is necessary to comprehend the lessons for the Armenian and Japanese society. Comprehend the lessons — means to change public opinion on the problem and the attitude to it, in a way that clearly understand the real danger of the possibility of occurrence of such events, to anticipate their material and spiritual consequences to take exhaustive measures to prevent them, to support full readiness for effective action experts and the population in a situation of disaster.

«UNIVERSE 69» — phase 1 (Gyumri, Armenia)

During the soviet present, each separate republic was part of a general socialist system. Inside (without taking into account the price that had to pay for it) there was a relatively prosperous vacuum in which soviet citizens lived. An ordinary individual was generally confident in the future, in available labor employment, housing and communal conditions, education, health and other basic factors of existence.
However, in the last stage of its development inside of the state organism began to be formed “Behavioral sink”, which started denoted the transition to a destructive and deviant behavior.
In the project “Universe 69”, we explored the causes of internal fracture of the Armenian society on the example of the inhabitants of the city of Gyumri, which was almost destroyed by a natural disaster on 7th of December in 1988.
Unfortunately, the city has not had time to fully recover by reason the collapse of the USSR. Until this day, the city lies partly in ruins are keeping not lingering scars of change. the experience of gained trauma acutely bared sensitive aspects of human subjectivity, has concentrated emotional side, which was making it as a carrier an irrational principle, while not offering nor any potential scenarios for the resolving the situation.

2015 «Universe 69», “Gallery of Sisters Miriam and Yeranuhi Aslamazian”, Gyumri, Armenia.

Curator of the project: Alexandru Raevschi
Coordinator of the project: Hidemi Nishida
Assistant of the project: Anna Khachatryan

Participants: Atsuko Mochida, Hidemi Nishida, Kana Kuroiwa, Yumino Hagiwara, Anna Khachatryan, Maro Sahakyan, Artush Mkrtchyan, Karine Khachatryan, Nina Pijoyan, Zaruhi Arshakian, Juliet Avagyan, Alexandru Raevschi, Suzanna Sahakyan, Liana Hakobyan.

With support of the Gyumri branch of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, (Gyumri, Armenia), Joshibi University of Art and Design, (Tokyo, Japan), “Gallery of Sisters Miriam and Yeranuhi Aslamazian”, (Gyumri, Armenia), the municipality of Gyumri, (Armenia).

Special thanks to Sargis Hovhannisyan, Vahagn Ghukasyan, Hambardzum Ghukasyan, Argishti Harutyunyan, Stephan Ter-Margaryan, Artush Mkrtchyan, Hrachya Hakobyan, Susanna Hakobyan and Anna Hakobyan.