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“No 105” by Wang Teyu on Ogijima (Setouchi Triennale 2022)

No 105 is a pretty interesting work by Wang Teyu. It is located in an old abandoned warehouse on Ogijima and can be visited or rather experienced during the Setouchi Triennale 2022.

When you arrive there, you’re welcomed by a yellow sort of balloon.

No 105 Wang Teyu Ogijima 1

Is it a pouf? Maybe…

The main part of the installation is when you walk a little further and you see two other much bigger similar yellow sort-of balloons in an old warehouse.

Not gonna lie, my first reaction was “What the f’ is that?” It reminded me of too many half-assed terrible conceptual installations I had to suffer through when I lived in Paris (OK, nobody made me go see them). But then, you quickly understand that it’s not an artwork that you look at. It’s a piece of art that you need to experience.

You touch it, you feel it, you push it, you enter it, you crawl in it, and more. Basically, it appeals to most of your senses, not just your eyes.

And all in all, it was pretty fun to do all of that, despite the heat. I definitely have to return and crawl in that thing when it’s much cooler (finally, the temperature is below 30°C for the first time since early June, I believe).

The only thing I’m not too sure about is the color. I think that a more neutral color would have worked better. That yellow-green color really feels too out of place in that environment for me.

Here are a few pictures. I tried to film something, but it was just too messy. I’ll try again during the Autumn season.

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No 105 by Wang Teyu.

Location: Ogijima, in the eastern part of the village (behind the school)
Open during the Setouchi Triennale 2022 from 9h30 to 16h30
Entrance fee: 300 yen. Free for Triennale Passport holders and teens and children under 16
Wang Teyu online: Website, Instagram

 

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