Takehito Koganezawa / Yuichiro Tamura / Tetsuya Umeda
Showcase: Forecast - Katsura Kunieda Program
Forecast is a showcase of work by emerging Japanese artists, curated by guest specialists
One program is directed by playwright, director, and Atelier Gekken director Satoshi Ago, and another by Katsura Kunieda, a curator at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. The showcase offers an alternate perspective on contemporary performing arts to the main Kyoto Experiment program.
Recently we have seen many exhibitions and events at modern and contemporar y ar t museums themed around performance, and venues are searching for how performance works can be added to museum collections. Against this background, I showcase three artists who are putting ideas about performance into practice from wide-ranging viewpoints; whose work is sitespecific and aware of the role that comes about from its site-specificity, and at times runs counter to commonly understood standards. The three works are recreations and reconfigurations of previously performed pieces, though all are made up of the simple elements of the human voice and body. Takehito Koganezawa’s CLOSED ANIMA (2001) examines the human body and voice in performance through a reconsideration of Takehisa Kosugi’s ANIMA 2 (1962). Yuichiro Tamura’s D.H.L (2013) attempts to elicit a kind of function our bodies are primordially equipped with using the act of improvisation based on a book of instructions. Tetsuya Umeda’s COMPOSITE (2014) presents an alternative theory of methodology through a choir that responds again and again to movement and voice, and has no central figure like a conductor. All of the works develop through improvisation based on the most minimal of inspiration, as such freshly evoking how performance is simultaneously the art of the body and also art that deals with time. They also constitute ideas and practice of the one-time act of being live, neither dependent on the categories of visual art, theater, dance, or music, nor belonging to places like art museums or theaters.
CLOSED ANIMA, 2001
This is a recreation of a work first presented in 2001 at an event themed around reinterpreting past performances from the perspective of the present. It plays with Takehisa Kosugi’s ANIMA 2 (1962) to examine the nature of body and voice in performance.
“D.H.L.” is an anagram for the content of Yuichiro Tamura’ s book of instructions, which will be
revealed for the first time during the performance. Using improvisation to elicit a certain function with which the body is primordially endowed, the performance explores dance and voice.
This work reconstructs something first created by children from the mountain village of Kayan in the Philippines. It features a choir that operates by pairing movement and voice, presenting a performance methodology where a center like a conductor is absent.
- 2016 SPRING
- Multi-purpose Hall, Kyoto Art Center
Born in Tokyo in 1978, Katsura Kunieda is a curator at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. Some of the exhibitions Kunieda has helped planned include a new Teppei Kaneuji exhibition, set to open in 2016, “Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days” (2015),
and “Playmaking” (2014). Kunieda is also responsible for the “Play” performance showcase series. The first featured the work of Yuya Tsukahara.
|CLOSED ANIMA, 2001|
|Performer||Tatsunori Imamura, Yuta Masaki|
|Cast||Yukimi Kubo, Natsuki Sawada, Bibi Nakao, Chiharu Hirai, Haru Furukawa, Yoshikawa Yukihiro, and others|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|