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"Essa Hoisa" for Nai no Kami

We used a washing machine as a shake table, a device used to simulate earthquakes and a kamidana like an architecture model of a small Shinto shrine. Nai no Kami, deity of the earthquakes, is known to have caused seisms as a result of a lack of worship. We imagined a way to content him as we can do in shaking a mikoshi to amuse and content the Kami and fixed a kamidana on a washing machine to shake it to the laundry rhythm and to the sound of backwash. We painted it as best as we can, during the laundry cycle, trying to adapt our movements to the tremors.

The laundry is an everyday life cleaning task which can evoke some Shinto cleansing ritual when the circular form of the drum reminds the cycle of the Earth. Both the laundry and the ritual to honour a deity respond to a routine and has to be done repeatedly.