Rebicycling

installation-composition for 4 digital tracks

and abandoned bicycles

Tokyo Japan 2000

 

Thousands of Thousands of bicycles circulate through the streets of Tokyo every day. It is quite remarkable to observe their disordered behavior as well as the existence of great chaos when these locomotive vehicles are parked (many of them fall onto the ground, others end up being used as trash cans, etc). Yet, it is even more striking to discover that many bicycles are abandoned in the city. There is as a big mystery arising from this, do some people steal bicycles to arrive to their houses after having missed the last night train? Or, do people just leave bicycles on the streets because they will buy a new one? The truth is that in the middle of continuous and organic movement, there are many bicycles that suddenly stop their daily transit and stay parked for weeks or months at the same spot.
The police occasionally take some of these abandoned vehicles and pile them in a corner, or place them in an a special bicycle parking lot, but in spite of this, thousands of bicycles are becoming trash in Tokyo. These transportation objects have a potential capacity of being used, and yet, they have suddenly gained a state of entropy, a state of complete and chaotic stillness.
First World countries like Japan, USA or France, are countries where people consume in excess and throw to the trash what would be fixed or reused in less developed countries. And then, in Japan you have the absurdity of law, which forbids people from taking and reusing deserted bicycles.
Natural living rhythm exists in organic life, as when we go to sleep every night, but then get up the next day to become active. However, what would happen if we suddenly fall into a state of coma? A clear drama is produced when we have potential stasis and movement within the same being, but one of the two stops working.
The purpose of this sound installation work is to confront these two opposed paradoxical states (still bicycles against bicycle wheels moving sounds), hoping to spell out entropy from these agonizing beings and giving them new potential energy and hopefulness for survival. bicycles circulate through the streets of Tokyo every day. It is quite remarkable to observe their disordered behavior as well as the existence of great chaos when these locomotive vehicles are parked (many of them fall onto the ground, others end up being used as trash cans, etc). Yet, it is even more striking to discover that many bicycles are abandoned in the city. There is as a big mystery arising from this, do some people steal bicycles to arrive to their houses after having missed the last night train? Or, do people just leave bicycles on the streets because they will buy a new one? The truth is that in the middle of continuous and organic movement, there are many bicycles that suddenly stop their daily transit and stay parked for weeks or months at the same spot.
The police occasionally take some of these abandoned vehicles and pile them in a corner, or place them in an a special bicycle parking lot, but in spite of this, thousands of bicycles are becoming trash in Tokyo. These transportation objects have a potential capacity of being used, and yet, they have suddenly gained a state of entropy, a state of complete and chaotic stillness.
First World countries like Japan, USA or France, are countries where people consume in excess and throw to the trash what would be fixed or reused in less developed countries. And then, in Japan you have the absurdity of law, which forbids people from taking and reusing deserted bicycles.
Natural living rhythm exists in organic life, as when we go to sleep every night, but then get up the next day to become active. However, what would happen if we suddenly fall into a state of coma? A clear drama is produced when we have potential stasis and movement within the same being, but one of the two stops working.
The purpose of this sound installation work is to confront these two opposed paradoxical states (still bicycles against bicycle wheels moving sounds), hoping to spell out entropy from these agonizing beings and giving them new potential energy and hopefulness for survival.

This work was originally develppped as a sound installation (a 4 small preamplified speaker system and bicycles lying in the floor) and presented in the SURGE gallery in Tokyo Japan. Llater on I decided to present another version of this work for concert situation with the same sound in a 4 track speaker system but still images of abandoned bicycles instead of the real bicycles on the floor.


Rebicycling

 

instalación - composición para 4 pistas digitales

y bicicletas abandonadas

Tokio Japón 2000