After noticing the water damaged areas of Tokyo subway stations in 2009, Mohri began collecting photo-docmentation of these phenomena and presenting her fieldwork as the Moré Moré Tokyo (Leaky Tokyo) series.
Station agents employ everyday objects such as buckets, tarps, duct tape, soda bottles, and plastic umbrellas as they do dubious battle with the groundwater eating away at the municipal infrastructure, and Nature itself; it is in these highly-costomized bricolages and their “Beauty of Use” (to borrow Japanese philosopher Soetsu Yanagi’s term) that Mohri detects the roots of human artistic impulse.
While the leaks in ordinary architecture can be remedied by patching a wall or a roof, the underground spaces of subway stations have no “exterior” — the groundwater seeping in from all directions can never be stopped. In Moré Moré Tokyo (Leaky Tokyo), Mohri construes the guerrilla tactics used to hold this leaking, corrosive entropy at bay as their own form of instant architecture.
This project is selected for the “Grow Up Artist Project 2014” organized by Asahi Art Square.
Firld Work: Moré Moré Tokyo (Water Leak Tokyo)
Form Fieldwork / Photograph
Moré Moré Tokyo (Leaky Tokyo)—fieldwork