森美術館で開催中のSTARS展では、村上隆の最新作、《Let’s Go See the Nuclear Reactor》と、《原発を見にいくよ》(ビデオ作品)が展示されています。


村上隆 Let’s Go See the Nuclear Reactor
◇ Let’s Go See the Nuclear Reactor 2020年 アクリル絵具/アルミフレーム 57.7×49.1 cm (筆者撮影)


この写真は「クリエイティブ・コモンズ表示 - 非営利 - 改変禁止 4.0 国際」ライセンスの下で許諾されています。

 キャプションには、ビデオ作品に流される以下の音声(音楽付・和文は上の作品中にも記載)が記されていました。


Next Sunday, My girlfriend and I we are gonna go see nuclear reactor. We'll take Yamanote Line and then the bullet train, and then rent a car drive on out to No.2. Last month at the protest march, we were the only one's who didn't know much about nuclear reactors. Everyone else seemed to know so much not just about the reactors, but about food contaminations, companies trading seeds, problem with imports, but we didin't know anything. Even if we tried to read up, we probably wouldun't understand anyways, so we decided to go have a look for ourselves instead.

And so we arrived. We made it into the"Restricted Area" no problem. It was so easy to get through, our spirit were high. And then we saw it. Reactor No.2 It felt so sublime. Oh the wind coming off of the see it was so chilling but the birds were singing and the flowers were grinning such a beautiful place. Like a Science Fiction movie, we felt like we, were walking in a post-apocalyptic world. Oh what a thrill. My nose was running cause I have hay fever and I couldn't  stop sneezing.

On next destination... that famous ghost town shoping street. We were looking forward to seeing wild boars like we saw on television but we didn't see any, and nothing much happend. On our way back, the shops were open for business as usual and we had some spectacular seafood. "Aren't you glad we came?"  We felt warm and satisfied. "Do you think humans will always look the same?" "Nah, we 'll genetically modify ourselves so we can withstand radiation and we'll mutate." "No,no, no, I think we'll all die out."  We said as we smoked in the parking lot outside the convenience store. Oh the wind coming off of the see it was so chilling but the birds were singing and the flowers were grinning such a beautiful place. Like a Science Fiction movie, we felt like we, were walking in a post-apocalyptic world. Oh what a thrill. My nose was running cause I have hay fever and I couldn't  stop sneezing.

And then we thought, about our future happiness. What is true happiness? When I go home, I borrowed my friend's Geiger counter and took a reading from the bottom of my shoes. It made a hellish sound and so I tossed these shoes away. Oh the wind coming off of the see it was so chilling but the birds were singing and the flowers were grinning such a beautiful place. Like a Science Fiction movie, we felt like we, were walking in a post-apocalyptic world. Oh what a thrill. We never join another march. "Next time Let's go see some giant crater in Russia or battleship island." we said. That's our plan anyway...


 何も知らずに原発反対のデモに参加した若いカップルが、実際に原発を見に行くというものです。ここに込められているメッセージは、おそらく、あれだけの深刻な事故だったのに、その後遺症に目をつむり、のほほんと生きている日本人に対する警鐘でしょう。初期の等身大フィギュアの《ヒロポン》にも、村上の自国文化に対する解析と警鐘らしきものが感じられますが、最新のこの作品には、より明解な思想が盛り込まれています。

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