© TOCHKA, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

PIKA PIKA in Kanazawa 2008

Material/ TechniqueHD-CAM, workshop program
Size/ Duration10 min. 30 sec.
Copyright Notice© TOCHKA, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Year of acquisition/ donation2008
DescriptionNAGATA Takeshi: Born in Kumamoto, Japan in 1978.
MONNO Kazue: Born Nara, Japan in 1978.
Both live and work in Kyoto.

TOCHKA is a creative unit of Nagata Takeshi and Monno Kazue. Their animation film "PIKA PIKA" won both the special award at Ottawa 2006 International Animation Festival and the special award at the Japan Media Arts Festival of Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. In 2008, the unit also won the grand prize at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France. The work "PIKA PIKA" has broken new ground in the field of animation in that an image comes into existence only when there is people’s involvement as in a workshop.

"PIKA PIKA" is an animation made up of long-exposure photographs that have captured the trails of penlights waved through the air. "PIKA PIKA Project in Kanazawa" is a project consisting of around 3,000 such penlight doodle photographs made in workshops with local residents of Kanazawa. The work was made taking into consideration TOCHKA’s own impressions of Kanazawa – that of a place where the people have had the foresight to reinvent their town over time and thus maintain its attractiveness to outside visitors. In the work "PIKA PIKA in Kanazawa 2008", the path traced by the penlight in each photograph indicates the duration and the depth of the time that each participant devoted to the project. This work consists not simply of the resulting animation, but also the workshop program through which it was created.