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)

General flow of the production process:

Object interview, portraiture sketch in watercolour, rendering and creating a Marquett, drawing a digital 3-D drawing, production of a sculpture in plastic.

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—White (2020), plastic, PE sponge, textile, 190 x 181 x 129 cm.  Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Accompanying Objects White (2020), photograph, dimensions variable. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

School student, 17, has been moving back and forth weekly for two and a half years. Items he takes with him: headphones and perfume; he has the same toothbrush at both homes.

“At my father’s place, I have the same toothbrush as I have at my mother’s. The toothbrush is the only thing both homes have in common; everything else is different. I spend a lot of time on the computer with my headphones on. It makes me feel at home no matter where I am.”

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Green (2020), plastic, PE sponge, textile, 150 x 90 x 75 cm. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Accompanying Objects Green (2020), photograph, dimensions variable. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Pupil, 10, has been moving back and forth for six years, at first weekly, then irregularly. Items he takes with him: schoolbag and cuddly toys.

“I go to school, and I’ve been moving between my parents’ homes for six years. The items that move with me are my school bag with the things I need for the following week, my clothes, my backpack, and Kiwi and Ninamy cuddly toys.”

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Pink (2020) plastic, PE sponge, textile, 136 x 136 x 128 cm.  Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Accompanying Objects Pink (2020), photograph, dimensions variable. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Student, 27, has been moving back and forth weekly for 18 years. Items she takes with her: candles and plants.

“I’ve realized that I just need a nice light to feel at home. I have my string lights and candles with me, and also mirrors and plants.”

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Black (2020), plastic, PE sponge, textile, 200 x 61 x 100 cm. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Accompanying Objects Black (2020), photograph, dimensions variable. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Student, 19, has been moving back and forth weekly for ten years. Items he takes with him: things he needs for his university, laptop, shoes and clothes.
“Because I always travel between apartments with my brother, we share many things. One of the few things I do not share with him are my shoes, favorite long-sleeved t-shirts, and Kong-fu uniforms.”

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Red (2020), plastic, PE sponge, textile, 180 x 180 x 129 cm.  Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Accompanying Objects Black (2020), photograph, dimensions variable. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

School student, 18, has been moving back and forth weekly for fourteen years. Items he takes with him: headphones, t-shirts, training gear, and running shoes.
“It takes me 30 minutes to get from my mother's to to my father’s. While I’m commuting, I listen to music. I have my headphones on and enjoy the time. It’s like I’m in another world. I am in a kind of trance. When I arrive in the appartment, I wake from it. That's why it's not so bad for me to change places.”

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Yellow (2020), plastic, PE sponge, textile, 100 x 100 x 121 cm. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Accompanying Objects Yellow (2020), photograph, dimensions variable. Photograph: Zoe Tempest

Student, 18, has been moving back and forth monthly for three years. Items she takes with her: diary, ring, and perfume.

“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.”

“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

Work Descriptions

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—White (2020)
Sculpture: 190 x 181 x 129 cm. Plastic, PE sponge, textile. Photograph: Zoe Tempest
Marquette: 20 x 16 x 27 cm. PE sponge, wood, acrylic paint. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Red (2020)
Sculpture: 180 x 180 x 129 cm. Plastic, PE sponge, textile. Photograph: Zoe Tempest
Marquette: 23 x 27 x 29 cm. PE sponge, wood, acrylic paint. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Yellow (2020)
Sculpture: 100 x 100 x 121 cm. Plastic, PE sponge, textile. Photograph: Zoe Tempest
Marquette: 12 x 8,5 x 27 cm. PE sponge, wood, acrylic paint. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Pink (2020)
Sculpture: 136 x 136 x 128 cm. Plastic, PE sponge, textile. Photograph: Zoe Tempest
Marquette: 16 x 16 x 33 cm. PE sponge, wood, acrylic paint. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Green (2020)
Sculpture: 150 x 90 x 75 cm. Plastic, PE sponge, textile. Photograph: Zoe Tempest
Marquette: 30 x 13 x 24 cm. PE sponge, wood, acrylic paint. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, SurvivaBall Home Suits—Black (2020)
Sculpture: 200 x 61 x 100 cm. Plastic, PE sponge, textile. Photograph: Zoe Tempest
Marquette: 19 x 7 x 24 cm. PE sponge, wood, acrylic paint. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, Sketch for SurvivaBall Home Suits—White (2020), water colour on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, Sketch for SurvivaBall Home Suits—Red (2020), water colour on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, Sketch for SurvivaBall Home Suits—Yellow (2020), water colour on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, Sketch for SurvivaBall Home Suits—Pink (2020), water colour on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, Sketch for SurvivaBall Home Suits—Green (2020), water colour on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm. Photograph: Thomas Kierok

Yuka Oyama, Sketch for SurvivaBall Home Suits—Black (2020), water colour on paper, 21 x 29,7 cm. Photograph: Thomas KieroK

 

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