from 2013 text

A complex.

What is a complex? Why We feel border between ideal and reality? I’m just curious about what we really want to transform.



How to love the stranger in the ironical society.

The mask, the new sexism, the back to life perfume, the DMZ…, everything I will show you is how to love the stranger.
People are often afraid of strangers, they say “It is not one of us. ”, then accepting the stranger is hard, though all problem have to solve with other people. My answer is, to cry with them as the alien, as the tourist and as the friend. To treat those relationships as the same value at the same time is very important. First, I will know how to make the mask of the society which eliminate the minority, then I  will change my face, body, behavior as an alien, and also move it. I am in the alien side always. There is a touch of irony in mine. If you’re as terrified of an irony of fate as I am but also endlessly fascinated by it, then my art works is for you. I will show you how to love the town. I cry and walk on the lands, under heavens for them. This is my answer.

아이러니한 사회에서 “이방인” -The stranger- 을 사랑하는 방법.

 마스크, 새로운 성차별주의, 죽은 사람을 되살리는 향 냄새, 비무장지대(DMZ)… 제가 당신에게 제시하는 모든 것은,
이방인을 사랑하기 위한 방법입니다.

 사람들은 가끔 이방인을 두려워하고, “그들은 우리와 같은 사람이 아니야.” 라고 말합니다. 이방인을 받아들이는 것은
어렵지만, 모든 문제는 다른 사람들과 함께 해결해야만 합니다.

 저의 해답은, 외국인으로서, 여행자로서, 그리고 친구로서, 그들과 함께 외치는 것입니다. 동시에 이 모든 관계를, 같은
가치로써 동등하게 대하는 것은 매우 중요한 일입니다.

 먼저, 소수파를 배제하는 사회의 가면을 만드는 방법을 알고, 얼굴, 몸, 행동을 에일리언alien-외지인으로서 바꾸어
움직이게 합니다. 저는 언제나 에일리언alien -이질적인 사람의 편에 서 있습니다. 저의 표현에는 아이러니컬한 면이
있습니다.  저처럼 사회의 모순적인 부분을 미워하고 두려워하는 것뿐만이 아니라, 그 점에 끊임없이 매료되어 이끌린다면, 저의
예술작품은 당신을 위한 것입니다.

 전 거리를 사랑하는 방법을 당신에게 제시합니다. 전 외치며, 그들을 위해 하늘 아래 지면을 걸어갑니다.

 이것이 저의 해답입니다.

( 번역: 김지영 翻訳:金智暎 )   

皮肉な社会で見知らぬ人(異邦人, The stranger)を愛する方法。

マスク、新しいセクシズム、死者を蘇らせるお香、DMZ …、私があなたに示すすべては、見知らぬ人を愛する方法です。人々はしばしば見知らぬ人を恐れている、彼らは言う 「それは私たちの仲間ではない」。見知らぬ人を受け入れるのは難しいですが、すべての問題は他の人と一緒に解決しなければなりません。私の答えは、外国人として、旅行者として、そして友人として、彼らと一緒に叫ぶことです。同時に、これらの関係を同じ価値として扱うことは非常に重要です。まず、少数派を排除する社会の仮面を作る方法を知り、顔、体、行動をエイリアンとして変え、それを動かす。私は常にエイリアンの側にいる。私の表現には皮肉のように感じさせる面があります。私のように社会の皮肉を憎み恐れているだけでなく、それに絶え間なく魅了されているのなら、私の芸術作品はあなたのためのものです。


消費によって削られる装いを反映させたパフォーマンスを中心に、「同情とは何か」という問いとして作品制作を捉え、様々なアプローチをしてきた。身体は私たちに私たちの抱える問題の重みや質感を伝え、私たちの美意識がどのように生まれ、 どのように変化していくのかを確かめる装置だと仮定している。遠い他人の問題を共に考えることは、他人の仮面をよく知り、仮面を被り、クリーチャーのように自身を変化させる必要があった。他者の理解は問題解決に不可欠だが、よそ者を受け入れることは難しかった。よそ者であり、クリーチャーであり、旅行者であり、友愛のある隣人であることの可能性を模索している。










The abyss of performance

Performers are seen. Simultaneously participants are seen by the performer. At any time, the performance is established by being seen.
Turn things around and the performance is seeing participants and a performer.
The act of “seeing” cannot be separated from the thought of the brain.
“When I was a child, I memorized what I saw for the first time in my brain. For example I might say to myself “this is a  chair.” This kind of procedure helped me to identify objects I encountered in daily life.
To see is to understand. To see is to classify. It is as if we have a genre-classifying folder in the brain, but then suddenly when we come up against a work which we cannot classify, which we cannot divide into genres, it is useful to have an “unclassified” place to slot it. The area that our “unclassified “ category covers however, cannot be too vast, otherwise too much will be swallowed up in this nondescript place.
Concerning sympathy….we can construct “sympathy folders” which will contain our expressions of sympathy towards them.
I started acting and I have created performance and visual art. What I am always interested in is a contradiction that exists
within the concept of “seeing”. Performance is unclassified and yet we can not see without classification. We are being seen,always, by the gentle and dreadful abyss of performance.











2017, The abyss called the Performance(short)





2017, terrible love

人間にとっての隠す・すり替える・変化する行為を劇の暴力性をもってなぞり、酷い愛、を「芸術」として提出する。 2017.2.26

2016, Removing the junk

“Removing the layers of 'junk' surrounding people.”
・Sudden transformation into a monster
・transformation into other’s thought
・Everything goes back home

2015, Exporting Complexes-Emphasizing, recording, and considering

As expressions of transformation are important to Japanese culture, the country's characters and cosplay have been in recent years increasingly exported abroad. Beasts and avatars with human minds are returning to fill the streets.
But are these things being exported accurately? Our bodies undergo a daily process of transformation and renewal through our personal circumstances and complexes, and when we face the pains of others or consider the human condition, we are in the middle of that constant process. In other words people enjoy cosplay while carrying the confusion and complexes, the negative emotions, of their original selves. Their initial goal is to hide these things.
Approaching the culture simply as an outside admirer, one can fail to examine these original selves and overlook the true purpose behind the whole culture. In reality, it is not mere imitation, but rather a way of creating a better version of oneself in DIY form while preserving one's own identity, a kind of makeup applied to their original selves or a "selfie." I will look into the actions that are taken to preserve this kind of complexly intertwined movement. Avoiding the surface of cultural exportation, I want to deal with the universal beauty to be found in the more fundamental desire for human self-expression.
Opening up new paths in the context of recent experiments at the MOMA and TATE in preserving their performance collection that have attracted notice, I want to transmit these things to people, primarily the artists and curators of Japan, connecting them to that lineage.
Also, regarding these expressions of transformation which form a representative part of both Japanese and American cultural expressions, I will add my investigations coming out of my exhibitions which have focused primarily on interviews, coverings, and the creation of masks.
In this way, by classifying and considering the movement, I can record the context for these expressions of transformation and help to preserve its important works. Also, as these expressions are something that comes from the individual, that person will create something that has their own personality, making more deeply original creations possible.
To this point, I have created many works on a foundation of dialogue and the formation of relationships. More importantly, I am proud to have created, in my collections and projects, something which forms a historically important monument and a bridge to these works, with conferences, consideration, and through experience coming from the actual creation of works, all in regards to the question of how to preserve a performance that would appear difficult to capture.
That is why, through my works, I want to help our two countries to consider those things which humans attempt to conceal or change.

コンプレックスを輸出する — 強調する、記録する、そして考える

 変身表現は日本文化にとって重要なもので、近年ではキャラクターやコスプレの海外輸出が盛んです。人間のような心をもった妖怪やアバターが 街には溢れ帰っています。

2014, Will I be beautiful or ugly tomorrow?

Will I be beautiful or ugly tomorrow? 
What torments us is the problem of ''the consistency of our sense of aesthetic self-worth.''  
With the development of things like fashion trends and selfie culture our sense of aesthetic self-worth falls under an external influence and is repeatedly lost. 
By arbitrarily substituting other people's body images, I am arbitrarily rewriting their aesthetic images. 
In addition, while they're deliberately associated with images of performance acts such as the demonstration and expression of pain, they are regarded as something different. 
When we cannot overcome the hesitation of deciding whether something can or cannot be replaced, we make a consistent replacement in the form of Art.
自己の美意識は、ファッションやSelfie Cultureの発達のようにあらゆる他者から影響を受け、消失を繰り返しています。

2013, Removing the layers of ‘junk’ surrounding people

Walking While Covered."Removing the layers of 'junk' surrounding people"
This work treats transformation and makes use of my earlier themes, "removing coverings (clothing) from the body" and "unclassified performance areas."
Its theme is the layers of "junk" (everyday conflicts) that people use to cover (clothe) themselves, and how important it is, once named "junk" and classified, to remove them from the body.



II.損なわれた部品をひっそり(うっかり) とキッチュにすり替えて粘着。

I was born in a forest in Japan.
During my childhood,I was scared that my body might be cut down by a woodcutter.
Therefore,I started being interested in my existence as a person. Who can replace me? Can I get a new life?
"Objectivity" and "Oneness" is important in my work. How people see other people and how they react to other people's existence.
This  is my work, "Achela"."Achela "is a creature that I made fictionally. I was inspired by a Japanese monster.
This monster is often in a Japanese house,
looking like 10 year's old girl.It is said, she brings happiness.
But she is an invisible girl. Someone can see her,but others can not see.
This story taught us that happiness is found by the people who watch the world carefully. In the movie, some people look at Achela,but others do not.
I did this performance in Tokyo, Korea and so on.
In Tokyo,she looks like an invisible creature.
Tokyo people are shy.They do not care about her.
In Korea,people speak to her all the time.
In Helsinki, she looks like a christmas decoration. In the snow, they care about her body.
It was interesting to see how people acted in different situations.
For me, Achela started to look more three dimensional with those videos in different places.
Perhaps, she might eventually start walking out of the frame, out of the visual world into reality.

2010, As if you see my work feel you are seen.

Because my work has a naked body.A face, naked foots and naked boobs watch the audience.Though you think “it is walking straight” is going back and desire of seeing turn over.You have to realize you looks as if you are seen side.

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