A file for a lecture in PAS#26, Rotterdam

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a presentation file for a lecture in PAS (Performance Art Study http://pas.bbbjohannesdeimling.de/)
date: 03 March 2012
location: Gemaal op Zuid, Rotterdam
supported by PAE (http://performanceartevent.nl/)

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  • A file for a lecture in PAS#26, Rotterdam

    1. 1. Object in performance art Sakiko Yamaoka
    2. 2. Contents1. Object as instrument2. Human Body as object3. Objects as Chaos
    3. 3. object as instrument Object as instrument For the lecture, I started to reflect my last works, and I found I oftenhave used “object” as “instrument”. They fell down on the floor and clash and break or roll with nice sounds. Off course, not only for listening sound, not only creating sculpture of time and space, but also as metaphor of life, or something more......
    4. 4. object as instrumentStand and Fall 1997~1998material: mushrooms, strawberries, my own body, a table, a bowl,
    5. 5. object as instrumentGarden 2002~2004video documentationmaterial :apples, oranges, grain, rice,glass balls, bells,dolls, and clothesspace and time.sound from body, various torture orpleasurerepresent by various sounds
    6. 6. object as instrumentGarden 2002∼2004 In this piece I covered my eyes because I wanted to concentrate and focus on listening tosound.Once I was so surprised to hear a particular sound. It was so impressive at that moment Igot the inspiration from it for my artwork. The sound was like an echo in my smallgarden. I realized something truth that it was a moment at which a cicada just finishedhis short life and fell down on the dry earth. I had never thought before that even a smallcicada had weight. I also found that all of natures material must have a differentimpressive sound when it falls. All are different. In different time, different space, theirsounds are different. We can listen to them clearly.
    7. 7. object as instrumentListen! 2003video documentationmaterial: a orange, heart beats,metronome, human bodies,a large table, 2chairs   
    8. 8. object as instrumentListen! 2003It is about the association between weight and sound and lives. I invited the audience tolisten to one another’s heartbeats. This piece might seem very friendly on the surface. Butto be honest, I got the inspiration and planned this piece when I heard an interview with aJapanese person who had survived lying under a pile of corpses of people who had beenshot while trying to escape from China to Japan during the Second World War. I imaginedthat if these dead people on top of him had been alive during that time, they must havelistened to one anothers heartbeats and smelt one another’s sweat. The sound of so manyheartbeats together would have created some interesting rhythms and harmony, if theyhad been alive.
    9. 9. object as instrumentWind form Sky 2008~2010video docmentationmaterial : plastic cups, glass cups, ceramic cups, ceramic plates, coffee, wine, water,
    10. 10. human body as object Human body as objectAround since 2004, in Pacific ocean nature have become very active.Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004 killed more than 230.000people.in 2007, I was invited by an artist from Indonesia, here had earthquake inMay 2006. After one year later, he and his friends decided to have an artfestival in a village, where is near his home town, which was not only artbut also traditional dance show and scientistic conference aboutchanging nature. He wrote us, “please use only material which you canfind in the village.” His instruction gave me nice inspiration. I did notknow what there have in the village, but at least there have “people”.Not only their bodies, my interest is their sense and thinking andculture, also.
    11. 11. human body as objectWe are Elegant2007~2012video documentationMaterial : Human Bodies
    12. 12. human body as objectWe Are Elegant 2007~What I did was interview with the village people and made an art piece with them.It was about what appropriate action was needed for the 21st century. I said thatthe 20th century had been too aggressive. We often raised our fists up to the sky.Then I asked them what kind of gesture or body stance would be suitable for thiscentury. Now that we are in the 21st century, we would be friendly and elegant, Ithink.For now and the future, we did a performance together. In our search for a gestureto represent "elegant", we were a little awkward and felt embarrassed. It was nicework with people.
    13. 13. human body as objectworkshop in Public Space :Navels of the world 2006 photo slide show Material: stomaches of street men, some seal about US president and Japanese prime minister and Mayer of Yokohama, Pen with words, flower and some decoration
    14. 14. human body as objectBest Place to sleep2007~video documentationMaterial : my human body
    15. 15. human body as objectBest Place to Sleep 2007~This is a guerrilla performance of sleep in real banks, especially in boothscontaining ATMs. I took photos and documented it on video. Spaces in banksare private, not public. But they have the money we have saved and also publicmoney, the taxes we have paid to the Government. Therefore, if our bodiesbelong to the Government, I think we should be able to spend a little bit of timeand utilize the space in banks. Why shouldn’t we? I enjoy and like to explorethe juxtaposition of a lazy human body and a hard machine that never sleeps.I performed this in Japan, Thailand, Germany, Canada and the U.S.A andmore......
    16. 16. human body as objectCome with Me2008~2009video documentationMaterial : human bodies
    17. 17. human body as objectCome with Me 2007~This piece is a kind of participation version of "Best Place to Sleep". We worked atnot only banks but also traffic intersections or in railway stations, rather say inpublic space. We also performed the piece in the Museum of Fine Art, Boston,U.S.A. These performances should I say, "out of fun" and the participants enjoydoing them.
    18. 18. human body as objectLove or Not2010video documentationMaterial : Human Bodies Traffic signal
    19. 19. human body as objectMono-raru 20112files of photo slideLaboratory project in Tokyowithout any material, only space and lightsworked with some local artistsMaterial : Human Bodies
    20. 20. Object as Chaos Object as ChaosI want to develop my visual sense for “beauty”. Especially after I saw hugegarbage problem, which is called “Gareki” in Japanese words, of thedisaster in 11th March 2011, they all are from a lot of personal perfectlives. For the first some months after it, they were rather say sentimentalobject for me, and later it is getting to become some kind of “beauty”.What is beauty? which is what we want to watch very much. Probably itis not only because from natural crisis, economic crisis also influence tome.Fine art must be self-righteous world, but could you keep it? We couldnot be coolness for all of issue in “street”. Everything are quickly effectedby what is happened . Performance art must be most high conscious toolfor human life, mustn’t it?Let’s go out from gallery to watch our lives, to test our artist’s spirits!!
    21. 21. Object as Chaos“Gareki” after the Tsunami 2011
    22. 22. Object as ChaosRefuge Camp as object in Japan 2011
    23. 23. Object as ChaosDemonstration March ”Occupy”2011~
    24. 24. Object as ChaosSnapshots of Garbage on streets 2012
    25. 25. Object as ChaosPerformance workSmiling Nature : Left to Us 2012

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