Rebecca Woodford-Smith and Mikyoung Jun Pearce

Site/Memory Mapping Project

Through drawing on documents and traces of walking-dialogues we have experienced in Japan, Korea and the UK, this sound/video piece will explore memory and the body in relation to space and time, and ask what the action of walking allows in terms of what stories, experiences or confessions are told.

5000 Miles and 8 Hours Apart

Presented in The Box Saturday 5.00-6.00, Sunday 3.00-4.00 and 6.00-7.00

Sound/video (60 minutes)

At 9.30am and 5.30pm, late summer, we walk together, 5000 miles and 8 hours apart. The Korean and Welsh landscape merge with the telling of stories about our histories and our grandmothers to form a long distance conversation; a moment where time and histories collide; and a slow unfolding shared walk of remembrance.

Mikyoung Jun Pearce (Korea/UK) and Rebecca Woodford-Smith (UK).

From Tokyo

Presented in The Box Saturday 6.00-7.00, Sunday 7.00-8.00

Sound/video (15 minutes)

I want to tell you about Tokyo, the city where I am anonymous and yet strikingly different, other. One face amongst a crowd of thirteen million.

In February 2012, almost one year after the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, we invited Tokyo’s residents to walk with us for 12 hours, following the Tokyo marathon route. ‘From Tokyo’ draws on our experiences of the city, which we have repeatedly visited since 2005, and on stories told during the marathon walk. We evoke the conflicting senses of isolation and connection, alienation and belonging, drawing a portrait of the city in the 21st century.


Mikyoung Jun Pearce (Korea/UK) and Rebecca Woodford-Smith (UK).

Mikyoung Jun Pearce and Rebecca Woodford-Smith

Rebecca Woodford-Smith (Wales/London) is a performance maker and researcher, and Mikyoung Jun Pearce (Korea/UK) is a visual/performance artist. They have been collaborating together, and with Tokyo-based Theatre company Gekidan Kaitaisha, since 2004.

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