SurvivaBall Home Suits 2021

If you constantly travel between Mom and Dad’s house, where is your home?
What toys, everyday objects, and habits must never be absent in order to feel at home?

In the artwork “SurvivaBall Home Suits”, Oyama investigates how it feels to constantly switch between two different sets of homes. For this work, she conducted a series of one-on-one interviews about objects that accompany children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 25 who have or had to move back and forth between two homes following their parents’ separation. The artist explored what toys, everyday objects, and habits constitute important constants and must never be absent in either household in order to feel at home.

“The ring is especially important. My mom has the same one. I got it when my parents got married. Although they’re no longer a couple, I still wear it.”
Student, 18, has been moving back and forth monthly for three years.
Items she takes with her: diary, ring, and perfume.

In the artwork “SurvivaBall Home Suits”, Oyama investigates how it feels to constantly switch between two different sets of homes. For this work, she conducted a series of one-on-one interviews about objects that accompany children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 25 who have or had to move back and forth between two homes following their parents’ separation. The artist explored what toys, everyday objects, and habits constitute important constants and must never be absent in either household to feel at home.
Oyama produced wearable, oversized sculptures of participants’ personal belongings, such as headphones, cuddly toys, or a perfume bottle. For the performance, the objects’ owners moved around on a playing field in their respective costumes, telling and demonstrating their stories like pieces in a game.

The work will be part of the exhibition Look! —Revelations on Art and Fashion, which will take place from September 4, 2021 until January 16, 2022 at the museum Marta Herford, Germany. “SurvivaBall Home Suits” was realized by grant from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Presentation of Contemporary Art in Berlin in 2020.

(Text: Wiebke Hahn, Berlin)

“SurvivaBall Home Suits” was realized by grant of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Presentation of Contemporary Art in Berlin in 2020. Our special thanks go to the numerous young participants, our friends, and sponsors, who made the project possible.

Actors
Performers: 6 teenagers and young adults from Berlin (anonymity agreement).

Credits
Producer: Studio Yuka Oyama, Berlin
Director/ Script: Yuka Oyama
Production Management: inspiranten GbR, Berlin (Annette Kolb, Frauke Harnack)
Production assistance: Treasure in Style, Berlin (Kati Hetmainczyk)
1st camera and Editor: Sanson Film, Zurich (Angelo Sansone)
2nd camera: Jasmin Preiss
Media Technology: Daniel Dobrodinsky, Thomas Fellberg
Moderation: Rachel Brooker
Photographer: Zoe Tempest, Zurich
Location Scout: Annik Hofmann

Music
“Brimming with Anticipation” (2020)
Performed and composed by Psycho & Plastic (Alexandre Decoupigny & Thomas Tichai)
Presented by GiveUsYourGOLD 2020

„Anders Anderson Theme “(2013)
Composed and interpreted by David Scheler

Shooting locations
Free Space in the Box (Carolina Mojto, Stefan Koal)
Old Smithy’s Dizzle (Mike Kreyssik, Julia Pommering)

Funding
Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Presentation of Contemporary Art in Berlin in 2020

Sponsors
Media Technology: Lord of Event (Andreas Lotz)
Measurement Instrument: Zimmerei Schlösser (Lars Schlösser, Marcus Terletzki)
Camera Technology: Shawn Productions Filmproduktion (Andreas Albrecht)
Media Support: Granular (Tobias Albrecht) 
Scenography Production: LSK Folientechnik (Timo Tomaschko)
Graphics: Fruit Dude (Tobias Braun)
Printing: Media Service Berlin (Jens Peter Schwarz)
Website: 3-C-Group (Pieter Nieuwenhuijs)
Sculptures: Mayer Luftwerbung (Dietmar Mayer & Team)
Support and Catering: O.S.D Berlin (Annik Hofmann)
Insurance: Versorgungswerk der Deutschen Medien- und Veranstaltungswirtschaft GmbH (Frank Preuss)
Casting: Junges Deutsches Theater Berlin (Birgit Lengers, Lasse Scheiba) + Uta Plate

SurvivaBall
Home Suits

Program and Registration here

Opening Reception
Friday, April 16, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
(UTC + 2:00)