ローマ字

Romaji (ローマ字) is a term that defines the romanisation of Japanese script to aid translation of that language into roman characters. The term loosely describes the phonetic translation of Japanese language to English (or romanised) languages emanating from the Western world. This title was chosen for the project because the production of these video art works are born from a similar pursuit. This effort is to transcribe ideas of political theory in contemporary Asia to those people viewing the works in Kyoto, Japan.
The Econasia series is a project that has spanned four years and encompasses nine single and multichannel video art works, with accompanied photographs.
Econasia: Romaji incorporates 4 of these video works that investigate both the manmade and natural environments in North Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Local social and political accounts that relate the economic and political influences driving the socalled Asian Century are interwoven with modernist literature, sound, and contrived narratives that depict political science in the moving image.

VIDEO & SOUND: M T WALKER
SOUND COLLABORATORS: SARAH PHELAN, JONATHON NOKES
NARRATIONS BY: JUN MIYAGI, JIHYUN LEE, YANXIN LI

Vicissitude

During the Second World War Japan invaded the Netherlands colony of the Dutch East Indies (the Indoneisan archipelago). Following the Japanese surrender to the Dutch at the end of the war, some 3000 Japanese soldiers remained in Indonesia and went underground to fight with anticolonial revoultionaries. These Japanese mercenaries assisted in the rebellion against the Dutch and are still celebrated in the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetary in Jakarta (where this video is shot). Most of the Japanese remained in their adopted state and their families continue to contribute to the national diaspora. At times this Japanese influence often undermined the repressive Suharto regime that wrestled power from the original architects of the revolution (i.e. Soekarno) and imposed a nationalistic fervour that brought death and decay to the nation.

Econasia 6: Vicissitude
M T WALKER
Video 430 2012
Japanese with English subtitles
Sound: Jonathon Nokes | Vox: Jun Miyagi | Text: Soekarno 1967