Revamping human consciousness of space and the body ―
Dancer Yoko Ando developed and refined her personal intuition regarding body language and dance movements under internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe, and actively showcased the results in her own projects in recent years. This exhibition introduced an installation produced as an offshoot of "Reactor for Awareness in Motion", a project initiated by Ando together with YCAM with the aim to research and develop dance production tools.
An experimental setting to access the body sensation/language of Yoko Ando
The work, produced while making maximum use of the YCAM staff's accumulated know-how in terms of connecting media technology and body expression, externalized the methods of conception/perception/communication in body expression that Ando has cultivated up to this point, in the form of an interactive piece that indicated new possibilities in the realms of body movement and body image.
- May 28 - August 21, 2011
Reacting Space for Dividual Behavior (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)
Exploring rules for liberating body movements
In this installation, Yoko Ando created a setting that allows any visitor to experience the methods of conception/perception/communication in body expression she has cultivated during her career to date.
The venue is divided into three differently sized stages ("Answers & Questions", "Space & Distance" and "Physical Line"), each of which is fitted with multiple video cameras, monitors and sensors. Arranged around these are various virtual objects that maintain interactive relationships. There is no predefined way or method of experiencing the work, which allows the visitor to move freely within the exhibition space, discover the work's mechanisms, and derive his/her own rules of movement.
Video cameras and monitors
Ten video cameras set up in the exhibition space capture various parts of the scenery from various angles. The recorded images are then projected onto 23 monitors installed inside the exhibition space as well. On some of the monitors the images appear in real-time like in mirrors, on others they are delayed by a few seconds. Via these monitors, the visitor can further deepen his/her reflection on body movements.
Answers & Questions
Two 3D cameras installed on a stage measuring 3.6 x 3.6 meters detect positional information of objects inside that space. The scenery on stage is thus scanned in real-time, and superimposed with a computer-generated virtual space.
Images of this virtual space are projected onto a monitor installed near the stage, on which visitors can verify the current state of the virtual space, as well as the positions of their own bodies within that space. Cube-shaped objects floating in the virtual space change their colors when in contact with a visitor's body, accompanied by all kinds of sounds.
Space & Distance
While working with the same system used in "Answers & Questions", this stage measuring 2.7 x 2.7 meters is not equipped with any screens for monitoring the relationship between imaginary and real space. Therefore the visitor can only rely on occasionally audible sounds to evaluate his/her own positional relationship with the objects floating around in the virtual space. Most of the video cameras set up inside the exhibition space are pointed at this stage.
A 3D camera set up on a 1.8 x 1.8 meter stage captures the visitor's silhouette, whereupon the trajectories of the moving tips of his/her right hand and left foot are projected onto a large screen installed in front of the stage.
- Visual programming: Satoru Higa
Sensing programming: Yoshito Onishi
Sound design: Masashi Heirakuji
In this event, Yoko Ando, the artist featured in the main exhibition, introduced her work by way of her own body movements.
- May 28, 2011
- Cast: Yoko Ando
This body workshop with Yasutake Shimaji and Amancio Gonzalez, both members of The Forsythe Company just like Yoko Ando herself, was conducted while making use of the work as a whole.
- August 20, 2011
- Lecturer: Yoko Ando,Yasutake Shimaji Amancio Gonzalez
Through the tours, participants discovered together with YCAM educational staff, most attractive features of the exhibition. (16 times during the event period)
- Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with:
- Yamaguchi City
- the Board of Education of Yamaguchi City
- Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]