Looking Up at the Sky April 1, 2002
Every time I visit the horserace track, I am amazed how large
and how high the Tokachi sky is. There is an expression, "Tokachi
Bare (Clear Sunny Day)." The vast field used for practice
running racehorses spreads without anything to interrupt the vision,
and on a sunny day, the high, blue sky forms a canopy over the
is also beautiful with clouds. I am struck by the white, dazzlingly
bright, summer clouds, moving slowly in the sky. I sometimes have
lost track of time and myself watching autumn sunsets that changed
the color of the sky every minute. I have loved to look up at
the sky and follow the clouds ever since I was a child. Now, I
stand on a racehorse track and am overwhelmed by this nostalgic
sensation. I want to lie down, looking up into the sky forever
the end of last August at the track, Cai Guo Chiang said something
profoundly interesting. "When I show my works in Europe and
America, I can't help but think of society. But when I come back
to Japan, I don't know why but I think of the universe."
Tokachi is the closest place in Japan to the universe. In the
film version of Contact (starring Jodie Foster), originally written
by Carl Sagan, a device to contact intelligent organisms outside
of the earth was placed in Tokachi and played an important role.
fact, Taiki is one of the test sites for a "stratosphere
platform" project and there is a future plan for a space
base. Stable weather and extensive space make Tokachi an excellent
site for experimentation of space development.
have been many strange coincidences in the process of creating
Demeter. Yoko Ono told us that she wants to create a contemporary
version of her previous work about the sky. Marco Casagrande and
Sami Rintala told me, upon our meeting in Obihiro, that the color
of the Obihiro sky is so similar to Helsinki's. They continued
that there is only one country between Hokkaido and Finland. From
there, ideas for their extraordinary and very attractive project
of crossing the Eurasian continent by car, collecting objects,
began. Everyone seemed to be inspired by the sky.
that's right. Let's look up in the sky. Looking up in the sky
is what is really needed now. I repeatedly feel so, especially
after September 11th , 2001. All the talks I had with the artists
about sky took place before September 11th, yet, their antenna
might have been catching something in the air. I think we are
now at the time to look up in the sky and ask ourselves what we
have been doing, what we are doing, and what we are trying to
There's no heaven.
It's easy if you try.
No hell below us.
Above us, only sky.
Imagine all the people living for today.
(John Lennon "Imagine")
should look up at John's sky.
I hope that Demeter becomes a device to look up into the sky.
by Serizawa Takashi)