Episōdo: Beyond the ExhibitionMomentary inhabitations of time

Episōdo 08

TAMURA Yuichiro Chemistry / The Story of C

"Act 1, Carbonization" from Chemistry / The Story of C (still), 2020

In his performance of Awe / If at last November’s Yokohama Triennale 2020 pre-event, “Episōdo 00: Sharing Our Sources,” Tamura focused on a ship that brought the plague to Yokohama at the end of the 19th century. Now, in the sequel Chemistry / The Story of C, he once again focuses on a ship. The Diamond Princess, which visited Yokohama early in 2020, was hit by a fire while still under construction at a Nagasaki shipyard on October 1, eighteen years ago.(*1) As a result, its sister ship Sapphire Princess, which was being built at the same time, was renamed Diamond, and the original Diamond Princess was repaired and renamed Sapphire. A tale stemming from this episode of diamonds and sapphires will unfold online and at Yokohama Museum of Art in four parts between October 1 and 11. On October 10 and 11 live performances will be held at the venue, with elements of those performances being broadcast live online.

Dates: October 1 – 11, 2020 *Online only on October 1
Venue: Lecture Hall, Yokohama Museum of Art / Online
Admission: Free

TAMURA Yuichiro
Born in 1977 in Toyama, Japan. Lives and works in Kyoto.
Tamura’s work centers on installations and performances derived from his thorough research and deep insight on existing images and objects. Tamura creates multilayered narratives, containing a mixture of fact and fiction, based on a wide range of sources from indigenous histories to well-known popular subjects. His works were exhibited in “BODY/PLAY/POLITICS” at the Yokohama Museum of Art in 2016 and the Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2019.

*1 The Diamond Princess had left Yokohama Port in January 2020, but it was discovered that a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25 was infected with the new coronavirus. After that, the Diamond Princess returned to Yokohama Port, by which time a large-scale outbreak among passengers had been discovered, and the situation became the focus of news reports around the world. Eventually, out of 3,711 passengers, 712 became infected and 13 of those died. Approximately three months later, in May, the Diamond Princess departed Yokohama Port where it had been moored and is believed to have headed south.


Awe / If
Archive of TAMURA Yuichiro's work performed for "Episōdo 00: Sharing Our Sources"
Date: November 30, 2019


Act 1, Carbonization
From October 1, 2020


Act 2, Authenticity
From October 4, 2020


Act 3, Hemicorpus
From October 7, 2020


Act 4, Emergence
Date: October 10, 2020

The archive video livestreamed on October 10 can be viewed from the following YouTube.


Act 4, Emergence
Date: October 11, 2020

The archive video livestreamed on October 11 can be viewed from the following YouTube.