Sand art performance “New Kobe” | SILT-clarte- | TEDxKobe

Sand art performance “New Kobe” | SILT-clarte- | TEDxKobe


Translator: Masako Kigami
Reviewer: Abram Leon “Silt” is made up of fine particles,
crushed even smaller than sand. Similarly, each human being
is a very small presence in nature. I had this in mind when I chose
SILT as our group’s name. However, humans can form a great presence
by coming together in communities. Sand art brings together individual
granules of sand to form pictures, awakening the creative potential
hidden in sand. Sand pictures, which take
so much time to draw by hand, are erased in an instant,
vanishing like smoke. Kumamoto, Fukushima, and Kobe. People continue to make new pictures
from the crumbling sand. Sand art is like life itself. It resembles our communities,
formed by the bonds between people. We come together to rebuild, even after
earthquakes destroy our communities. Isn’t that our real power? Four years have passed
since we established SILT. We’ve felt the power of sand art vividly
in shows and workshops across Japan – people touching sand, hand in hand – children who move their hands despite
their severe physical disabilities – and the moment when they smile. A teacher once asked, “Why do you erase
the pictures you draw?” We answered, “It’s OK. Erasing
is also a part of sand art.” There were so many smiles
from supportive teachers. The beauty of the sand art
is the connection itself. Everybody plays with sand
in their childhood. It is a primal form of art. We only use our hands and sand, so it speaks to us on a deep level, and allows us to connect without a word. Lastly, let me say one more thing about
the meaning of the word silt. It is a material made
of particles finer than sand; in other words, it is mud. When I realized this, I knew that
I wanted to use it as our group’s name. Our muddy lives – doing dirty work to make a living. I feel that this is typical
of the human experience. We are SILT. Now, please enjoy
our performance, “Kobe Reborn.” (Music starts) (Music ends) (Applause)

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