Festival Location: St Nicholas Roof Top Garden. SNRTG2 on your festival map.
ABOUT THE INSTALLATION
Warm up the winter nights through traditional Japanese calisthenics with a digital twist
“Rajio taisō” (Radio Calisthenics) is a looped 3.5 minute projected video with soundtrack on a large screen in the St Nicholas Roof Top Garden, which the audience is actively encouraged to interact by entering the arch to perform the exercises, which will be silhouetted on the screen along with the projected video.
Rajio-taisō were introduced to Japan in 1928 as a commemoration of the coronation of Emperor Hirohito. Rajio taiso or radio calisthenics literally, “radio exercises” refers to warm-up calisthenics popular in Mainland China, Taiwan and Japan. In Japan, it is broadcast to music on public NHK radio early in the morning. The work celebrates Aberdeen’s historic link to Japan through Thomas Blake Glover, born in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire in 1838 who played a key role in the restoration of the Japanese Emperor in 1868.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jim Buckley studied Sculpture at Crawford School of Art, Cork, (1975-1981) and has taken part in exhibitions, residencies and commissions internationally since 1980. He has been commissioned by organisations as diverse as Art Connexion, Lille, France; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; Gifu Prefecture, Japan, and The Highland Council, Scotland. Jim joined the staff at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen in 1989 and was appointed Reader in Fine Art in 2004. Currently Jim is chair of Peacock Visual Arts (PVA) and a board member of Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW).