This week is a slow one for me as I have been going back and forth to Koganecho, helping a friend with his works for the bazaar opening next week. I have not been doing much physical stuffs and alterations on the materials that I have been collecting and experimenting on, other than mostly the website which I think have undergone quite an amount of makeover. 

It is currently being programmed by the programmer back in Jakarta, but I am looking towards visuals like these:


I am considering to have the web page to be addressed as as if I am re-narrating Sakakibara's 

The front page above will be inserted with an animation made of 666 crayon drawings of a black sphere which will be accompanied with soundtrack from Gantz, A New Morning Has Come. 

The web design is very much similar to Sakakibara's. The answer page above is also very much referencing 4chan. 

Sakakibara includes the category of Gallery and Review in his website which is very interesting. The Gallery section is filled with his artworks (which at this point of time I do not understand) and sketches as well as what seems to be the process of his works. The Review seems to be his written or typed response towards films and books he has come across. 

Despite the considerably rich amount of visuals, Sakakibara has not branded himself as an artist, which for me, shows that the website itself is a piece of work, instead of the drawings and collages by themselves. I feel this idea will work well with my own project, on how the website should be treated as the main piece instead of a platform to gain materials. With this in mind, I might let the discussions to be a form of visual language and texts as forms instead of using them to develop installation works, as initially planned. 

On further note as well, I do find the manner Sakakibara creates his visual works seem to be quite familiar with my own practice, moreover the series of self portraits and (with very limited source from google translate), he seems to be making a connection between masturbation and act of killing. 

Having said that, I have also purchased his autobiographical book titled 絶歌 and looking forward to next week where I will be meeting with a translator to dig deeper into the mind of Boy A.  

The Gallery section in my page will also be the place where additional forms of the work can be archived and documented. I have planned to create performative/portraitures/drawings/collages based on my journey looking into this theme in Tokyo. Hence these images can be viewed eventually under the gallery section.

As for the review, I feel that none of this will ever come under development without existing narratives and stories from manga and other forms of popular culture. Hence I am looking towards having the Review section as a homage to these previously written narratives not only as a form of respect (pun intended) but also in providing substantial foundation and further explanation on the background of ?. 

Furthermore, I am also looking to include fictional and actual murder cases which I feel necessary to be included under the Review section. 

I think one of the main reason of my attraction towards Sakakibara's case is the visuals that he creates as well as how his murder seems to be a re-enactment or to put it in my choice of vocabulary, a reinterpretation and re-narration of the Zodiac Killer in the US. In my own personal works, I have been treating them as a translation of existing materials, especially narratives and records so I do find this relationship appealing. Somehow, this has put my personal judgment towards Sakakibara to be beyond ethical and morality, so I hope next week I am able to undestand him even further.

Additionally, I found a short list of murderers who create visual products, particularly paintings and drawings. The link is here

This is an example of the work by John Wayne Gacy who is also known as the Killer Clown.  His wikipedia page shows quite an interesting visual of facial reconstructions of his victims which is below:

Portraiture, self portraits or otherwise seem to be quite common to the point of being integral to death. Sakakibara himself creates visuals as such. For example:


Likewise, like what I had mentioned previously in week 0 entry, this project is inspired by the practice of capital punishment in Indonesia. 

Australian Myuran Sukumaran was among the convicts shot to death back in early 2015 and he himself created a vast series of portraitures, mainly self portraits during his serving time in jail.  

I think that is all I can contribute to this week's entry and I hope to be developing the works extensively on week 5.