At Your Service（いっらしゃいませ）
2006 ‧ Creative, urban treatments in Hakodate and Kyoto
- Urban intervention series ‧ unsafe guide ‧ obsolete services ‧ adventurous everyday ‧ action art
Realised with support from Yuka Saitô, Kiyomi Yatsuhashi, Ryo Yamazaki, Roger Walch, Lehan W. Ramsay, and Nikki Pugh.
Everybody was invited to unusual, one-hour experiences, scheduled daily for 56 consequent days from 9 September to 5 November in the urban public. In an effort to ignite the streamlined everyday with meaningful encounters and fresh discoveries, the artist-cum-serviceperson offered creative treatments specific to each weekday like Mobile Tea Ceremony, City Canal Tours, or Garbage Collectors’ Appreciation. The service provision also included a daily online video report, to bring accountability to the public offerings and make them universally accessible.
In this out-of-the-box, urban intervention series, every Monday, for example, the Mobile Tea Ceremony offered traditional Japanese hospitality in unexpected settings. On Tuesday was I Love Trash day, when neighbors left thank-you notes on trash bags, appreciating the work of garbage collectors. Wednesdays awaited with the Canal Tour for discovering the city from fresh, feet-wetting perspectives.