2015 Residency Application Open

Following three successful residency projects to highlight the issues of the post Tsunami and Nuclear Fallout situation in Japan, we are excited to announce yet another residency project in London UK.
The residency will take place in 2015
at Husk Gallery, Limehouse with support of Mophe Arts, Art Centre Group and Art Action UK.org.

This year, our call for residency is extended to include not only the artists from any media and practices, but also the curators who are engaged with the Post 311 situation on the ground.

 Please see application details on

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After the tsunami; linking the past, present and future in post-Fukushima Japan

Art Action UK would like to present Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi’s new film installation, ‘under the wave, on the ground’; a film about memory, recovery and hope following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear fallout in Japan. 
© Komori and Seo, "under the wave, on the ground"
The film follows Abe Hiromi as she returns to the site of her family home in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture; a place devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.  For Abe, remembrance is vital in coming to terms with the disaster and for rebuilding the future.  In the film, she tenderly lays out her parents’ clothes in the warmth of the sunlight, in a gesture of honour and commemoration.  For Komori and Seo, small acts such as this one promise a beautiful future.

‘Under the wave, on the ground’ has a subtle political undercurrent.  It asks us to question the apparent separation of social concerns from political concerns following the disaster.  In Rikuzentakata, the government are spending vast amounts of money removing a section of a nearby mountain in order to redistribute the rubble and raise the level of the land.  At first glance, this courageous and diligent effort reassures us that the city has a promising future.  However, the reality is much more complicated. 

Soon after the disaster, those able to attend a local meeting formed a consensus regarding the investment of aid.  Even though the tsunami was 17 meters high, it was decided that the ground was to be raised by 12 meters.  As time has passed local opinion has become more divided between those who have the power and ability to make decisions regarding the development of the city, and those with less influence, who nevertheless have questions about the redevelopment programme.  The media does not cover local issues such as how aid money is to be spent and how the history of the city is documented.  For many residents and survivors, the "positive" actions of the government feel brutal- the ‘top-down’ political process turns a blind eye and deaf ear to the people of the city, who want to link the past to the future, rather than bury it.

Komori and Seo moved to the Tohoku region in 2011 and to Rikuzentakata in 2012 and have been living, working and documenting the lives and feelings of local citizens.  As artists, they are forming a new collective memory in the hope that people in the future will think differently about the way in which disasters such as these can be managed politically.  For many local residents, Komori and Seo are mediators and witnesses in the rebuilding process; they are the eyes, ears and voice of those who feel overlooked by the government.  They are not trying to make a judgement or to point a finger at individuals in political power, but they want people to ask more questions and to be more receptive to the concerns of the residents.

Part of the documenting process is to share these feelings with global audiences.  Seo explains that although their feelings are discounted when it comes to local politics, many residents appreciate the fact that people from other places can hear their voices and empathise.  Above all, the artists want to help those recovering from the tsunami and nuclear fallout to keep their memories alive and sustain a feeling of hope for Japan’s future. 
                         (Text by Jessica Holtaway)

We would like to invite you to see ‘under the wave, on the ground’ at St Paul’s Church, Deptford this weekend; Sat Oct 4th and Sunday October 5th, 2pm-4.30pm.

Please tweet your responses to the exhibition to @artactionuk2014 and follow us on Facebook; Art Action UK
Komori and Seo are back for DeptfordX Festival
After a very successful residency project, Kmori & Seo have been invited back to London by Deptford X Festival. Komori & Seo, a young duo who won our 2014 Art Action Residency Award, returned to Rikuzen Takada where they have been working amongst victims of the 2011 Tsunami and Nuclear fallout. Their experience during the 2014 Art Action Residency has given them a renewed determination to continue with their method of research and have been archiving the forgotten aspect of the local population's stories.

They will be showcasing their new work, "Moving Mountain" which focuses on the paradox causued by the enormous effort to re-build the area affected by the Tsunami.

Film Installation 
St. Paul's Church Crypt, Deptford
27th and 28th Sept and
4th and 5th October

Artist Talk and Discussion event
Kaori Homma and Natsumi Seo
Deptford Lounge
30th September

he Utopian Promise of Post-Tohoku (2)

Komori and Seo 's work is featured on the article
by Adrian Favel

Komori and Seo at the Lanch of Deptford X 2014

Komori and Seo's installation event at Deptford X
"Calling from the Waves" received a large number of visitors and very enthusiastic reception from the audience.
As a result, Komori and Seo are invited to the Deptford Festival in autumn along with Bob and Roberta Smith and Kaori Homma. Under the theme proposed by Bob and Roberta Smith, " Value of Art", Art Action UK will present Komori and Seo's new installation which working title is " Moving the mountain".

Komori and Seo are here to bring the voices from affected areas

As a young emerging artist duo, Komori + Seo  has been working in Rikuzen Takata in Tohoku area hardest hit by 2011 Tsunami. Over 2000 People lost their lives in this provincial city with population of 15,000. The entire town structure was devastated by 70 feet high Tsunami, while Fukushima Nuclear Fallout which followed the Tsunami still continues to threaten the livelihood of the people.

photo by Takehiko Murakami

The artists duo moved to this city immediately after the disaster, and now live and work amongst the victims which gives them a very special access to the local people’s raw perspectives. Komori and Seo’s works are accumulation of documentation and the reflections from this rare vantage point. 

2014 Residency Artists Duo Arrived

Our 2014 Residency Artists Duo Komori and Seo arrived to UK from Tohoku, Rikuzen Takada, one of the area hardest hit by 2011 Tsunami in Japan. Nearly 2000 people lost lives in this city with population of 15,000, and entire town structure was devastated. Fukushima Nuclear Fallout Disaster which followed this physical devastation still continues to damage the local fishing industry.
Komori and Seo moved to the area immediately after the disaster and now live and work amongst the victims of the Disaster while documenting and archiving the local people's voices while also keeping reflective log on their own observations in their Blog.

During this residency we are hoping to share Komori and Seo's rare perspectives through Art Exhibitions, Talk Events, Open Studio and workshop sessions.
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2014 Residency Artists announced

This year's Residency artists  Komori Haruka and Seo Natsumi were selected after rigorous selection process. As a young emerging artist duo, Komori + Seo  has been working in Tohoku area hardest hit by 2011 Tsunami. Their works are accumulation of documentation and the reflections on the situations they are encountering as they live and work amongst the victims of disaster in the area. We are hoping that their account will bring new insight to the issues we no longer hear about, since the media coverage over the dramatic pictures of Tsunami has receded.

Komori + Seo’s residency will take place May- June 2014,
Husk Gallery and Project space, 649-651 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7LW

Supported by
In association with
Project for Fukushima  Scree

You may recall the horror witnessed in 2011 of the Japanese tsunami and nuclear fallout disaster seen all over the TV and worldwide web. 3 years after, the media has since moved on. However, though largely ignored by the press, the Fukushima situation is far from over, affecting many areas in Japan as well as the Pacific. Some researchers have gone as far as to speculate that the situation in Fukushima may even be more severe than that of Chernobyl. And yet, we must ask, if the situation is so grave, why do we simply not hear about it?

We are holding an event to profile the issue and how we as artists can open up much needed discourse through Art Action UK- Project for Fukushima :UK Residency 2014.
27th February, 6:30-8:30pm. Café Eterno, 34 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9PS.

The event includes the screening of footage from Respite Residency 2012/2013, a live link with Japan, art exhibition, raffle, performance, drinks and nibbles.

Art Action UK- Project for Fukushima is now in its third year. In 2011, soon after the disaster, Dr. MOURI (a prominent art critic and social commentator based in Tokyo), Kaori Homma(artist) and Meryl Doney(curator/director of Wall Space) established an artist led initiative, Art Action to invite emerging artists linked with Fukushima to carry out residency projects in UK. So far Art Action UK, with support from ACG and Morphe Arts, has delivered two residencies accompanying various events including exhibitions, performances, film screenings, panel discussions joined by the Turner Prize nominee The Otolith Group. Art Action UK- for Fukushima triggered a good volume of twitter traffic among the cultural sector in Japan,and our events were covered by media such as Kyodo News, York Times and NHK radio. 

We believe that as individual artists we can question the given and as a collective we can break the silence. We hope you can come and join us.

Art Action Project; for Fukushima Event

  Scree Rpofile Eve
Screenshot from Hikaru Fujii's work ( 2013 residency artist)