Being & Seeing / Etre et voir

Performed as a collaboration with composer, Yas-Kaz as part of ‘Out of Space’ at Kyozon Gallery, Tokyo 2013

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photo | Tomo Ogata

‘Being and Seeing’ explores the dichotomy of subject and object. The location of ‘here’  as ‘I’ becomes a way to define self, other and space. The ‘undefined’ space is represented by a large floor canvas which records the process of inhabiting and marking which develops during the performance. The audience become witnesses to a ritual where time is manipulated through the unpredictable movement of the body, and the rhythm of the music and they are faced with their own objectification as they face a mirror behind the performer, watching them in the process of objectifying, a creates an oscillation between all terms and positions.

Combining dance, painting and drawing on a 3.6 x 3 m canvas, using natural pigments, and charcoal. This performance was a collaboration with veteran Japanese composer Yas-Kaz Sato. Together we devised tasks  that explored the canvas through sound and non-visual senses.The audience was given 3 perspectives to watch from: the space itself, a live feed camera placed directly above the canvas and projecting onto a wall and a mirror placed behind the canvas which reflected the audience.

I first collaborated with artist Frank Gambino in London to develop this idea.

Video documentation of the performance and process is available on request.

photo | Tomo Ogata
photo | Tomo Ogata
photo | Nobuo Shiga
photo | Nobuo Shiga
photo | Tomo Ogata
photo | Tomo Ogata
with musician Yas-Kaz
with musician Yas-Kaz
Dominique's drawing from a session with Frank
Dominique’s drawing from a session with Frank
Frank Gambino's sketch from a session
Frank Gambino’s sketch from a session
Frank and Dominique in the studio
Frank and Dominique in the studio
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