"仕方が無い “Shikata ga nai” / but it can be helped" is a MACRO WAVES on-going video installation series exploring intergenerational experiences in the context of a persons' bedroom. The first part of this series focuses on the personal experiences of member Tina Kashiwagi, who is Yonsei (4th generation Japanese American), and her grandmother’s sister, Christine Umeda, who is Nisei. Through intimate conversations between the two, the question of how the trauma of internment is passed down through generations is posed, breaking the silence of “Shikata ga nai.”
This installation utilizes immersive interview techniques, allowing viewers to interact with the interview. In the bedroom, the interview is sprinkled throughout various mediums of technology: projection mapped furniture, cellphone selfies, cassette player audio interviews, laptop video interviews, and single slide projector family photos. This type of immersive experience allows the viewer to explore the intergenerational experiences on their own terms.