CCW - Tokyo Wonder Site
In 2012 I was selected to take part in a group residency by Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Art (CCW) and artists selected by Tokyo Wonder Site. The residency was based at Tokyo Wonder Site from the 1st to 30th of March 2012 and was supported through the British Council.
'This reflective surface is very important… This was Brancusi’s idea of polishing the stainless steel and bronze to a mirrored finish. Light reflects and makes it kind of disappear' [Jason Rhoades discussing his Perfect World Installation].
I drew on Rhoades’ understanding of the reflective as a tool for disruption. Wearing a simple outfit that I made out of metallic silver plastic sheeting, I stood in the neon-saturated streets of Tokyo at night. In wearing this reflective costume, I act as a kind of light magnet, reflecting and remediating the surrounding overload of visual information. At points, the costume reflected so much visual information that it is difficult to see my form in the resultant video. This performance was also undertaken in some of the tsunami-affected areas – with the carcasses of destroyed buildings forming a very different backdrop. By performing this same action in these very different contexts, I directly linked the electric avenues of Tokyo with their pulsating lights to the desolation disaster-hit area, an area made more desolate by proximity to the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was built to furnish the metropolis with energy.
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