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“Universe 69” – phase 2 (Tokyo, Japan)

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.

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.
By analyzing separately these situations worth mentioning that the series of powerful earthquakes and tsunami in March 2011 in Japan has caused catastrophic consequences: were killed and missing almost 30 thousand people, destroyed more than 45,000 homes, another 133,000 damaged partially, put out of action thousands units of technic.
Along with these, tragic events have produced deep dramatic changes in the spiritual life, worldview, mental state, life plans of millions of people. These events have thrown an exceptional challenge to the Japanese technology and the mentality of the nation. At the same time catastrophe has reached a global scale.
Should be stated that the psychological consequences of the Fukushima, on the scale prolonging and dramatic, surpass all any other unfavorable consequences.

2016 “Panorama of the past or how to survive yesterday’s tomorrow”, gallery “co-ume lab” (Tokyo, Japan).

Participants: Atsuko Mochida, Hidemi Nishida, Kana Kuroiwa, Alexandru Raevschi, Liana Hakobyan.

Project curator
Alexandru Raevschi
Co-curator
Hidemi Nishida

With support of the Gyumri branch of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, (Gyumri, Armenia), Joshibi University of Art and Design, (Tokyo, Japan), Gallery “co-ume lab” (Tokyo, Japan).

With financial support of the Nomura Foundation (Tokyo, Japan).

Special thanks to Prof. Teiko Hinuma,  Yumi Seta,  Sanae Yamada, Atsuko Mochida, Hidemi Nishida.