Kohei Kobayashi "Your mouth is a vacuum cleaner to be displaced and connected to the power of its nozzle being held by hands, and speaks by vacuuming"
This event has ended.
The artistic practice of Kohei Kobayashi has greatly evolved over the past 10 years. Kobayashi first came to public attention with "1-3-1" (1999), monochrome footage of an obscure human shadow moving in a closed space shot by a low-resolution surveillance camera, and in mid 2000s he released works like "2-2-1" (2004), a collection of fragmentary shots of unfamiliar actions and sceneries whose relevance to each other is seemingly so little. In the late 2000s, he has shifted to work like "2-8-1" (2009), a sequence of scenes of an anonymous street with intentionally scattered ordinary objects like plastic bottles, vinyl strings and paper scraps, and the artist himself in undistinguished actions like picking up the trashes and riding a bicycle.
In recent years, Kobayashi has created a number of live performances to extend the processes explored in his video works. As a part of a performance series "14 Evenings" at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) last September, the artist presented a two-hour performance after a text specifically created for the event by Asa Ito, a scholar in literature and performance. Ito quoted some actress on a TV show by saying, “I don’t like watermelons because they taste like a rhinoceros beetle.” She pointed out that a “leap in recognition” occurs while the natures of the actress, the beetles and the watermelon are lent and borrowed between each other. She argued that a “leap in time” would be similarly made possible by lending the nature of “human” to a “mountain”. “Objects” constructed according to this text were arranged throughout the museum space, and Kobayashi aimed to explain the structure of a time machine through words and attempted to execute a time travel.
This exhibition will be presented in two parts – a sequel to "2-9-1" (2009), and a section of a video and objects created based on Ito’s newly written text "M-U-R-D-E-R-W-E-A-P-O-N", along with the video "T-I-M-E-M-A-C-H-I-N-E" created for the MOMAT event.
A live performance by Kobayashi in collaboration with Ikuhiro Yamagata has been scheduled for November 22. By presenting a group of such video works and performances in parallel along with objects re-assembled based on the new text, Kobayashi will attempt to make the audience experience the possibility and impossibility of the "leap" that develops around the recognition of object/action/language.
From 2012-11-17 To 2012-12-15
Opening Reception on 2012-11-17 from 18:00 to 20:00