Earth Line
Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, U.S.A.
March, 1991
'Earth-Line Project' will theatricalize the outdoor locations by making an ³Earth Line², an assembly of cloth dyed with soil from the site. Totally different and adaptable theatrical space can emerge depending on the partitioning of the line. A hint of the longer widely known technique of soil dying from Okinawa and Amami will be used. It remains open as to whether Fliridaıs natural swamp lands will be utilized or whether a mud pool will be made. In any case, the process will be adapted to the conditions of the site.
Artist takes the plunge into a watery medium
Ikeda staging performance piece for ACA


John Wirt
News-Journal Fine Arts Writer
Sunday News-Journa
l

NEW SMYRNA BEACH ­ Ichi Ikeda, a performance and environmental artist from Kanagawa, Japan, is creating an environment for ³24 Hours of Light,² a collaborative performance piece heıs staging with his fellow master artists in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, choreographer Kei Tkei and musicians Yukio Tsuji and David Moss. Portions of the work will also be presented at the Walker Art Center and UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, co-sponsors of the work.
Because Ikedaıs preferred medium is water, he is known s 'an artist of water.' Examples of his uhique water projects are on display at the ACAıs gallery in an exhibit titled ³The Voice of Water.²
Because Ikeda speaks minimal English, his neatly typed English-language ³personal history² offers insights into his work and love of water.
Water, it says, ³is chaos embodied, impregnated with double meanings. Through waterıs conflicting nature, reality can be captured in its natural chaotic state, (In a) competitive society that values rigid ideology, the philosophy of water is an important offering indeed.²
The artistıs works include 1987ıs Earth Drawing and last yearıs ³Blue Flag Project,² both part of a continuing theme, ³With the Water as a Planetary Network.² Ikeda created ³Earth Drawing² by digging a cube-shaped hole in the bank of the Hang River and filling it with 100 pieces of canvas. The canvas was removed after 45 days and placed in a gallery. Where it revealed 'the events of the earth.'
Ikeda calls his part of the ACA collaboration ³Earth-Line Project.² It will include an assembly of cloth dyed with soil from the site, a reflection of the Japanese technique of soil dyeing formerly used in Okinawa and Amami.
Before becoming a performance and water artist, Ikeda, 47, was a director and playwright. He grew dissatisfied with both activities. ³In a play, a director controls the action of the actors,² Ikeda said at the ACA last week. ³But I disliked such behavior. The actor and actress should be independent.²
While many artists strive to dominate and manipulate their mediums. Ikeda seeks the opposite. Consequently, he reveals in the fluidity of water and its natural unpredictability.
³Water is the only material human beings cannot control, cannot conquer,² he explained. ³Water is always changeable. The characteristics of water are very suitable for me.²
The artistıs desire for harmony extends to his work with other artists. ³In the world, I believe one of the most important things is cooperation,² he said. ³Cooperation means there is an absence of conflict, of fighting. Human beings and nature should work in harmony. Itıs important to work beyond the differences of culture and history and social systems.²
While many artists strive to dominate and manipulate their mediums, Ikeda seeks the opposite.
Soil Dyeing in the wetland of the Turnbull River flowing beside the Atlantic Center for the Arts
Ichi spreading the soil-dyed cloths on the outdoor theater for drying in the sun
work for drying the 'Earth Line' on the beach
Earth Line installed as a stage of the dance company "Moving Earth", Florida, U.S.A.
Earth Line installed for the 24 hours dance performace of the Moving Earth in the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Earth line in Aizu Tajima
A Navel of the Earth

The former Yaso Mine Primary School, Fukushima, Japan

August 21-27, 1990
Transformative Project by Ichi Ikeda

A Navel of the Earth
reconnect our world to the mother water

Vertical cross & horizontal cross

The ³vertical cross² will extend from the central core to four different directions, that is, North, South, East and West. If you look down at it from the sky, itıll seem to be something called the ³cross of the earth² that appeared from inside of the earth to the surface.
As for the ³horizontal cross², youıll have got to imagine its reality with your devotion to the earth because the horizontal line connecting the water in the sky with underground water is ordinarily invisible. However, if you stay there in sympathy with the rhythms of the earth, youıll discover the new story of the water what is called ³Water as a Planetary Network².

With the water as a planetary network

This project will be made public on every important space on the earth as a suggestion to think about the future of out planet.
Please listen carefully to the amazing stories of ecology on this planet.

water pool full with blue water installed at the center of the crossing
Ichi Ikeda's performance in the water pool lighted up by four car lights

RETURN