Knock on Woods @ Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL (August 20 - September 4, 2007)
This was the second site for Knock on Woods. Set on a flowery knoll in the parking lot of a Rotterdam artist complex, this site was negotiated by ex-resident Annu Willenius with special assistance from Chris van Mulligen of Kaus Australis.
RESIDENT ARTISTS (in chronological order)
Izumi Sakamoto used leaves from the local site to create an installation while Knocking on Woods. While other residents have used the tent-cabin and site as an actual shelter or concept site, Izumi's installation made the cabin disappear as though it were only a portal to a nether world. Her installation played with the light from the ceiling of the KOW tent-cabin and transformed the interior space into a hidden exterior. In a kind of embroidery work, her leaves had the effect of a waterfall turning the world insideout. Using the "official box next to the bed" lid as a tray, Izumi performed a tea ceremony at the Knock on Woods site.
Izumi Sakamoto was an official resident on 23 August 2007.
Yoko used traditional kimono dying techniques, using berries and coffee from the local environment as dyes. She transformed the Knock on Woods tent-cabin into a fitting room where her goods were displayed. She also did a dye workshop inviting the public to participate and learn this traditional technique.
Yoko Shimura was an official residenton 3 September 2007.