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Voyage / Voyages

Dumb Type

Endless oceans of multilayered information
Discovering memory within repeated variation and synchronization

The artist group Dumb Type has been exploiting new media technology as representational language while challenging the cutting edge of artistic expression in a variety of fields. In this exhibition, they introduced a large-scale installation focusing on "vast amounts of information" that exist prior to human perception, and a performance work that was conceived simultaneously.
The title is to be understood as a voyage across a limitless sea of information and through a fluidized world, and implies at once certain senses of anxiety and desire toward these. Through this installation and performance, both seemingly just drifting on an ocean of intricately multilayered information rather than aiming at some kind of goal, the artists outline an idea of the human body as data, and hint at the process of knotting together memories and images from that data.
Date
February 13 - April 4, 2004
Place
Studio A, Studio B
Poster & Flyer

Works

Voyages (Revised version)

Dumb Type

Traveling the unknown in order to generate new memories

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Voyages (Revised version)

Dumb Type

Traveling the unknown in order to generate new memories

An aluminium plate measuring 12 x 1.8 meters is installed on the exhibition floor to function as a screen on which projections of nautical charts of the world and text excerpts of Darwin's "Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the World" mingle with scanning lines and circular projections resembling spotlights.
Fragments of multilayered information moving at multiple speeds form a vast "sea of information" that exists before the formation of meaning and cognizance, and while undergoing continuous change, at times they achieve a momentary state of synchronization. The visitor wanders around and on the screen in pursuit of information generated in such moments of synchronization, and experiences the process of gradually recombining such flowing information into personal memories and images.
Tour Information
  • October 28, 2007 - January 14, 2008 Vom Funken zum Pixel
    Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau (Germany)

  • September 1 - 2, 2007 NAMURA ART MEETING vol.2
    Venue: former Namura shipbuilding (Osaka)

  • July 15 - August 12, 2007 Body Media
    Venue: Sculpture Art Centre (China)

Voyage

Dumb Type

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Voyage

Dumb Type

This performance piece was conceived in parallel with the installation "Voyages".

The stage is completely paved with mirrors that reflect projected images and the performers' bodies, blanketing the entire space with visuals accompanied by a massive, sea roar-like sound. This work, for which the Dumb Type members split up into several groups and gathered choreography ideas related to the keyword "voyage", as a whole appeared in the form of a compilation of loosely connected short pieces.
Credit
Performer: Seiko Ouchi, Takao Kawaguchi, Noriko Sunayama, Mayumi Tanaka, Yuko Hirai, Manna Fujiwara, Hidekazu Maeda, Misako Yabuuchi, So Ozaki
Lighting: Takayuki Fujimoto
Video: Shiro Takatani, Hiromasa Tomari
Music: Ryoji Ikeda
Stage manager: So Ozaki
Sound operation: Yoshihisa Fukuhara (T&HY)
Video assistant: Ichiro Awazu
Acknowledgement (costume): Noriko Kitamura
Company manager: Yoko Takatani

Production: dumbtype
Co-produced by: le Centre de Développement Chorégraphique de Toulouse, Theater Drama City, Le-Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg, Maison des Arts de Créteil, REDCAT (Roy & Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
Cooperation: 関西日仏学館, Kyoto Art Center, Biwako Hall Foundation

Profiles

Credit

Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • Yamaguchi City Board of Education

Technical support:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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