The Transformer Lab was sited at the Transformer Gallery. Converted into a temporary lab space by Office of Experiments, the site acted as a lab for preparation and distribution of the 1000 vials, symbolic tears prepared from the water that we had collected after the Tsunami and had brought over from Japan.
To the right are the 1000 vials prior to distribution onto the Cherry Trees. Each has been numbered and batches of individual vials are recorded as they are distributed. In some cases evidence has been provided of the moment at which a tear is placed which you can find on the maps, but we found that in many cases, vials were placed in acts of private commemoration. Public art becomes a private memorial.
The banner to the left of the image is used to remediate sites of interest in and around Washington DC in our documentation of places and spaces, often hidden within the city fabric, that would respond or react to the specifics of the Tsunami and Fukushima Diaichi incident. In some cases those sites are where media and communications relating to the events are co-ordinated from , on other cases, they are interest groups, official agencies or political lobbyist sites that represent those who have different views of the incident. It is an attempt to insert an image back into the physical fabric of Washington DC, a city that as seen from the outside is remote and removed from the events and issues it is structured to respond to.
In the image: Tina with Akemi and Tang