A Visual and Culinary Experience of Legendary Bento Boxes
Idea / Concept / Design: Hiroko Tanahashi
Co-Concept / Production: Max Schumacher / post theater
Curator / Production / Chef: Ulrich Krauss / Zagreus Projekt
*This production can be performed in English, German and Japanese.
2005 Museum for Design, Zurich
2004 Zagreus Projekt, Berlin
Hiroko Tanahashi presents the culture of Ekiben as it is in Japan,
and juxtaposes her own Ekiben ideas. She invents her own imaginary
Ekiben and visualizes them. The posters created show her Kakegami
drawings as well as the explanations of the stories that they
narrate. Gallery owner and chef Ulrich Krauss interprets the themes
of Hirokos Ekibens and serves them upon reservation.
The Presentation of Ekiben Cultures:
The exhibition consists of two rooms. The first, and smaller room
is a two-wall miniature Ekiben museum that shows real Kakegami
desings. On a video loop the visitors can watch and listen to
the President of NER, the most established Ekiben producer today.
The second and larger room shows a spatial installation that shows
eight original train benches with foldable tables. They are mounted
on wooden palettes and in two rows of four each, as if they were
in a train.
The window is covered with a screen foil. We see fast passing
landscape projected from the outside. The room windows become
train windows of a moving train in a non-distinctive landscape.
The other three walls of the room show four A0 color prints that
show the Kakegami, the contents and the story of fictitious Ekiben.
The Moving Dinner:
Up to 16 visiting guests can enjoy a culinary experience. Seated
in the real train seats Ulrich Krauss serves his own creations
of Ekiben that are inspired by the artwork of Hiroko Tanahashi.
The guests will have the illusion they are on a train ride, a
journey long enough to even eat more than one Ekiben.
Selected Press Response
... "The train keeps on traveling with reality and fiction
as its passengers experience this voyage though the mdeium of
Bento. No one knows wehre the train is headed. It maybe a journey
called life, with its uncertain destination."
Kawai Sumie, Bijutsu Techo October 2004, Japan