Stranger

2014

Performance

 

In a public space in Tokyo, Mio Okido became anonymous by cloaking herself with white fabric and sitting on the sidelines of a pedestrian street - ultimately she was removed by the local authorities.
On Sundays, this particular street is well-known as a ‘car free’ zone and is very popular for strolling. In 2008, following a terrible massacre which left several people dead, locals became nervous. Although the street continues to look free and open, district authorities have imposed strict control over the area since the incident.
With this performance Mio Okido addresses the abstract anxieties and strict control in society that can be caused by a singular event and result in fear of unique behavior and strange people.