SITUATIONS OF KEKKO
“Kekko” has multiple meanings in Japanese: “Depending on context, it can have different meanings, even opposite definitions. Sometimes it means yes, sometimes, no.” In Japanese culture people regard cooperativeness as more important than individuality. Therefore, they prefer to use obscure expressions in their conversation in order to avoid arguments and friction between people.
During aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, many people were urged to reconsider the sustainability of their lifestyle and energy politics, and were confronted with either-or situations. It demanded of people to make clear YES or NO decisions and led to a prejudicial and judgemental atmosphere within their society. In addition, it was nearly impossible to get reliable informational resources from the government and mass media about the safety of nuclear reactors. This led huge emotional disorientation of the citizens and made unnecessary division among them.
In this performance Tsuchimoto gave audience members several occasions to choose and to be chosen without knowing any reasons or context. She reflected upon the limitations of personal determination and questioned the utility of the alternative: YES or NO.
Performance at Konathall C in Stockholm, Sweden