“ROBOT” is a virtual band run by Takuji Kogo and John Miller.
Robots songs and music videos use various personal ads as text sources.
John Miller + Takuji Kogo
HOMES FOR AMERICA, SIGONELLA
video “08 : 29” + print
ミネオ・ハウジングは米軍との2011年契約終了後、シチリア沿岸やランペドゥーサ島に押し寄せる中東やアフリカ諸国からの難民収容施設( C.A.R.A. di Mineo )に転用されている。
This video is made using an online video clip of an interior from the Sigonella U.S military base housing, Sciliy uploaded by a U.S military family together with outside views of two identical base housings estates called Marinai and Mineo at Sigonella using online map service.
The U.S base cancelled the lease contract for the Mineo housing in 2011 and since then the apartments have been transformed into a refugee detention center ( C.A.R.A. di Mineo ) used mainly for Middle Eastern and African refugees, many of which have arrive via the coast of Sicily or Lampedusa island.
A printed web page with a warning message about a riot by refugees at Mineo housing written by a PR officer for the Sigonella U.S base community including their comments.
Takuji Kogo ( from a collaborative project with Federico Baronello)
A brand new billboard by the Emirates airline company on the road leading up to the Homi Public Housing Estate known as housing the largest Brazilian community in Toyota city, Aichi prefecture in 2009. The billboard announces a free bus connection from Nagoya for the flight from Osaka to Sao Paulo via Dubai. The advert is only written in Portuguese.
Transactions of military land in Okinawa are completely different from regular transactions of real estate. The market price deals only with the ratio of the land's annual rent without concerning the conditions of the land or its extent, because the purpose of the buyers is only income from the rent. And the ratio remains higher where there is uncertainty of the land ever being returned by US forces. About 10% of the main island of the Okinawa islands has been covered by U.S military bases since 1972 when the United States returning Okinawa to Japan retained conditional rights to all U.S. military installations. The Japanese government rents the property from the landowners lending it to the U.S. forces. Owning Okinawa "military ground" remains a highly lucrative investment guaranteed by the Japanese government.