Work till Die? is a narrative installation of my design proposal that addresses an issue about the gruelling office hours that are the norm in Japan and the phenomenon of ‘karoshi’: death from overwork.
The big image in the center says "it's just way too painful to work" in Japanese. The word is quoted from one of the twitter posts by Matsuri Takahashi, one of many Karoshi victims. In order to raise awareness and open a discussion about this issue in Japan, I came up with an idea – what if employees could empower themselves by conveying Matsuri’s Twitter posts for all to see, via the façade of her huge former office building simply by moving the window blinds to form the letters and words?
The narrative installation tells a story around this design proposal, starting with tracing Takahashi's twitter posts and it continues to the collection of correspondence with Japanese working people.