Organ was the most interactive artwork on Ogijima as well as being one of the oldest. Tomoko Taniguchi must love the telephone game as this artwork is nothing but one huge telephone game. There are two points to see the artwork. The best way to see the artwork is to start at the top, but to be honest most people will start from the bottom.
From the bottom you will only see a bunch of white PVC tubes. There really is no meaning to what is going on until you get to the top. You do see the tubes heading up the hill and it does spark your curiosity as to what is up there. If you don’t have a partner, it will be difficult to play with this section of the artwork as it is a very vocal piece at this point.
The top of the artwork is in a nice small garden. The main “periscope” section is what draws most people. There are a couple lenses where you can look through and there is a nice poem about Ogijima written in the big lens.
Near the periscope there are a couple of plungers. It seems as if they have moved them from the very first Triennale. They basically give a harmonica sound and while they may not always work, they are fun to play with. I’m sure the people at the bottom can probably hear the sounds if they put their ear to the pipes.
Ms. Taniguchi is an architect by trade and an artist for fun. From what I can gather, she enjoys making playful things for kids. Most of her works are just regular homes with nothing too special about it, but her eye for creating activities for kids seems to be a hit. I do enjoy Organ but after seeing it the first time, there really isn’t much that makes me want to keep coming back to it, unless I can get a good group of people to join me.
Note: Organ is no longer available on Ogijima.