“i Emmigrant” is a relatively small scale installation among KANGAWA’s works.
He started this work by providing interviews with foreigner who left their homeland and stay Japan for a long time.
In the interviews, the artist asked them about the place which reminds them the most of their homeland. This footage depicts the image of landscapes they answered.
These scenes represents the unique and semi-illusionary world in which strangers live.
When one does not know the true nature of a place, its history and ethos, then one casts their own speculations and impressions upon it. Strangers therefore live in a somewhat delusional dream-like world, a hybrid of reality and their perceptions.
(This piece uses a similar method to “from the future” in that the artist provides a stranger to a foreign land with the means to capture their own perspective of their surrounding, he then synthesizes this raw footage into a unique and profound work.)
KANGAWA chose to record the interview using iPhone6 as it is less obtrusive than normal videocameras. Filming of this work was completed three weeks later from the launch of iPhone6 and this piece was exhibited within two months. Including its style of installation in which this minimal device was used as screen, “i Emmigrant” might be the first art piece using iPhone6 in the world.
The use of this minimal device had a decisive effect on the final appearance of the work; for example, during the interviews, viewers are perceive a communicative impression of talking with the interviewee on Face Time. (This is a contrastive installation to the other KANGAWA’s large-scale artworks.)
The films are separated into separate chapters, each with following a different narrator: Chris is a former U.S. soldier currently working in Okinawa as a tuna fisherman. When he sees Bios Hill and buffalos in Okinawa he is reminded of his days spent in the wilderness of New Jersey with his father and older brother.: Konate is a traditional musician. When he sees the roads and crucian carps he is reminded of his days when he would practice his instruments in the Ivory Coast.: Virginie is a french designer living in Fukui. When she spends time in her local cafe she is reminded of the nights when she was fourteen, talking about Nietzsche and Beauvoir with her friends until morning came.