Social Near-death Sensations

Social Near-death Sensations (S.N.S.) / Omodaka + Teppei Maki

It appears that every moment of life would be re-experienced along with a strong emotion in the “Life Review” which is to occur in the near-death experience. Experiences of the past which you have forgotten everyday would be seen as the panorama, reproduced to become a realistic picture and re-experienced as well as the perspective of themselves also from the point of view of others who own once affected.

We assume that such flash-backs are also seen in groups of individuals when the society itself is faced with a near death experience. We have looked at these assembly of individuals that we call society in our work ‘Social Near-death Sensations’ to try and look deeper into this phenomenon. The society we have focused on is Japan right after it was hit by a massive earthquake five years ago. This animation was produced as overlapping situations that are condensed into increase of social crime, political instability and serious environmental problems. These are in a sense the Japanese social near-death experiences.

社会的臨死感覚

臨死体験者に起こるとされるライフレビューは、個人の人生の全ての瞬間が強い感情を伴って再体験される。日常忘れていた過去の体験がパノラマとなり、現実的な映像となって目の前に再現され、その際には体験者である個人の視点だけではなく、かつての自分が影響を与えた他者の視点からも出来事を再体験するらしい(Wikipediaより)。

多数の個人の集合体である社会が死に直面した時にもこのようなライフレビューが見えると仮定し、どのような映像が見えてくるかの再現を試みたのが本作品「社会的臨死感覚」である。モデルとなった社会は5年前に大規模な地震に見舞われた日本で、社会的犯罪や政治的不安定、環境問題の深刻化などが早いサイクルで凝縮化していく状況を、日本社会のライフレビューと重ね合わせたイメージでアニメーションを制作した。

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