15 - Thu. 30 September 2004
SUNFLOWER is in business. You cannot tour around the real love
A Love Hotel
is a space for lovers who want to satisfy their desire and to be alone.
Japanese people are quite familiar with the idea of a love hotel, but
for foreign people it seems a very exotic concept.
Steffi Jungling, a German female artist, creating installation works with the motif of literature, is one who is inspired by the Love Hotel. She will start an art project, room4love, on the stage of a real love hotel, website and art gallery.
Sunflower, a love
hotel in Asakusa, Tokyo will join this project. This hotel has a 20
year history and has a unique character such as a variety of room interiors,
advertising by the Internet and so on. It invites a diverse clientele,
from local people to foreign travelers.
In addition to this
real hotel, a website room4love.com will make thirty-nine
rooms. Each room will display the same message as the real room and
a panoramic photograph of its unoccupied interior. The visitors in the
real room can get the message, access the website and send their own
message such as their own stories in the room or their own love experience.
Of course, visitors to the website can send their message, even though
he/she does not go to the real love hotel.
One more gate to
this love hotel will appear at Gallery ef, an art space in Asakusa.
This building was built in the Edo period, 136 years ago. Steffi will
create an installation, room4love. During regular opening
hours, 11:00 to 19:00, the audience will be able to see this room without
charge, and after 19:00, visitors can stay just by themselves for a
charge of 1,000 yen per hour per person. It is possible to order drinks
from the bar.