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The (anywhere) syndrome (Research)

Series of White Painting

Outline

As a minimal architecture

White Painting series was conducted in various regions/places and sometimes as much as 100 people’s kisses were impressed on a canvas.
White Painting is a collective term for the series and originally each work (canvas) has its own names of the participated peopleーsometimes it is the names of 100 people, 20 people, or three or four people in a family.


*appendix
1. Icons in a cycle of society
2. Opticality and technology / Invisible objects themselves


1. Icons in a cycle of society
Icon and paintings were surely in a cycle of lives and society once. The way people come in contact with this format is quite similar to the way they do with an icon. Meanwhile, the difference of this series from the icons is that in a White Painting nothing is depictedーor different images appear in the background when people face to it (and it is not God but other individual people). White Painting is a hardware/platforms without an image.

 


White Painting

This attempt was accepted by many regions and people. (In parallel with the general “reality” of a big unit/scale and division at the global level, there exists actually the fact like this too.)

 

 

───“Jabaley, Hrick, Eanfrith, Maaike, Andrew, Abel, Makohejiri, Cody, Miles, Stewvie, Barney, Craig, Meredith, Philip, Sandy, Darryl, Ernest, Hadley, Toby, William, Mick, Nigel, Pat, Desmond, Emmanuel, Giles, Adrain, Alfie, Natasha, Shelly, Beyeler, Mably, Theo, Aleiudo, Faneca, Saalmon, Cadelo, Kacelnik, Biriani, Shapely, Faree, Cawly, Sailer, Dansel, Ghidini, Bhola,Nachtigall, Moby, Claridge, Ullsten, Claris, Sabel, Babbit, Bianki, Talley, Alex, Danieli, Gaylor, Yeack, Johnny, Merry, Urick, Lochoner, Yhency, Hagan, Sablon, Kebin, Michael, Henry, Yura, Faille, Yulsman, Robinson, Eca, William, Blasco, Terry, Penny, Leo, Slevin, Lorry, Seems, Maanen, Reibey, Yuile, Ravi, Belmont, Lally, Rebecca, Sandra, Emily, Angelica, Cristel, James, Kacy, Rachel, Sam, Terry, Helly, Steve”

Size: 915x915mm

 

───“Danniel, Sofi, Alexsandre, Rebecca, Jess, Lundell, Georg, Matte, Hanna, Paul, Yousef, Casaline, Natalia, Henley, Agness, Dasun, Jillian, V.T, Zach, Laurence, Hendry, Ansel, Sammantha, Curbera, Kea, Ronald, Wally, Ashleigh, Albertan, Ken, Merritt, Pascal, Tasha, Launa, V., Anthony, Jenny, Samuel, Loo family,Venn, Heather, Richard, Max, Dinorah, Catherine, Mckaen, Klasen, Lyden, Sammy, Charlotte, Mackey, Loyola, Gaedel, Vicky, Aaron, Kris, Cathy, Monica, Natasha, Jimmel, Melany, Vince, Lee, Jamie, Stephanie, Brianna, Witte, Stacy, Hi, Yuta, Ken, Julia, Germany Vale, Danne, Juelle, Dickson, Odemar, Kley, G., Max, Nancy, Ricard, Horrobin, Rodmy, Kris, Sally, Peter, Julien, Erick, Austin, Kale, Paul, Sharry, Jim, Pascal, Oddsson, Carrie, Meary, Benny”

Size: 1700x1700mm

───“Juliette, Sandra, Mitch, Wills, Gillies, Ergas, Asheron, James, Lilly, Thomas. P, Elias, Sofia, Victoria, Mackay, Jamin, Amelius, Prince, Cathy, Valerie, Keiny, Peter, Dona, Sam, Zaret, Christina, Laurencie, Owel, James, Kairy , Frances, Thom, Sugay, Marien, Kinbary, Kalen, Morry, Callen, Mut, Elen, Bruno, Peter, Daele, Clara, Benjamin, Charlotte, Michael, Ryan, Ina, Diego, Javia, Candelas, Robin, Rucaro, Daniel, Rumi, Benney, Sarah, Emily, Jack, Peter, Kevin, Safiya, Trisha, Eric, Danielle, Paul, Floyd, Alexis, Carlos, Nydia, Samantha, Daniela, Michael, Dom, Matt, Todd, Ava, Cailin, Melissa, Kirby, Alexandra, William, McGuiness, Liliana, Francisco, Daniel, Patricia, Anna, Dalia, Ricardo, Diana, Maribel, Barbara, Gabriela, Cristel, Kenia, Lorenzo, Gladys, Alberto, Carlos”

Size: 450x450mm


Archive

This series was conducted in the US, Mexico, Taiwan, Italy, and Spain and the number of participants was over 600. Even the canvas on which almost 100 people had impressed kisses remained surprisingly white. And in a public space, the canvas interfered with people as a highly mobile, small structure/space.

 


Private room

In a house, a White Painting for a family. (Owned by a collector)


 

The figure above /
Drawing of structures

2. Opticality and technology / Invisible objects themselves
That "this work is blank" is only the result of visual perception and indeed it is not that there is nothing.
This is not the story of an invisible (written) process but seen from the viewpoints of biotechnology, IHT (In Human-Technology) and nanotechnology this painting is clearly a material object itself.

 


Excerpted from discussion

Excerpted from the introduction of “Shiseido Gallery 1/2 Century later.”

“The canvas in the exhibit has no trace of paint or ink on it; however, it is impressed with the kisses of about 100 people. This work, which consists of asking randomly selected people around town to plant a kiss on the canvas, is being carried out in the USA, Mexico, and Taiwan, and the total kiss count has exceeded 600, with as many as 50 people participating on busy days.(*November 2017)”


“This attempt looks contrast to big units or a division at a global scale such as nations, religions, races, organizations and so on ― for example, the situations including Brexit, border walls, refugee problems, etc. ― and enables us to feel a great potential of the revival of connection/globalization in a different form which comes into existence only in a small unit. It is also possible to look for the similarities to today’s social media such as YouTube and Instagram.

However the biggest feature of this work is that, besides the contemporary aspect like this, it can be interpreted in many ways connecting closely to the history of western art history.
For example, the scenery of this action is very similar to the kissing act to the icons (paintings in which Crist, the Holy Mother and others are depicted) seen in Christianity and Russian Orthodox. However, nothing is painted here and there is no one object to be worshiped.”


“It also approaches to the relationship between paintings and viewers. What kind of the experience is that to be exposed to paintings? It is also possible to see these kisses as brushstrokes as in action paintings. Or it is an artwork that is not completed only with the canvas as a medium but is in a network.

Changing the point of view, this two-dimensional work is the assembly of DNA, cells etc. Although it cannot be seen clearly now, it can be said that this is also an archive of people. In the exhibition, besides one of the works in this series, the film shot in each place and pictures were exhibited. The film was shown in the iPhone which had been used for the actual shooting.

In the first space, there was the installation destructed and broken apart, and in the space behind on a diagonal line, there was this work. This composition can be said to show a will to overcome the problems in this half a century, regenerate and combine them into one different form.”



A documentary film of the series held in Los Angeles, the US.
People were asked what love is after they kissed on the canvas.

Director of photography / Editor
Megan Clark
Sound technician / Designer
Kylie Lacour


Selected Q&A

Q. Why does not it have lipstick marks?
A. We asked people to kiss the canvas after they wiped their lips regardless of gender. A lot of people kissed on the canvas yet it remined white surprisingly.

Q. How did you speak to people?
A. There were considerable theatrical/visual elements in the instructions to people. We believe this also reflects the [technique] of the film.

Outline

If the earth got a hole.

“The (anywhere) syndrome / earth hole” is an installation inspired from a film, "The China Syndrome" in 1979.

"China syndrome" is a joke that describes a fictional result of a nuclear meltdown in the United States, in which reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the antipodes, China, In this fictitious story, the reactor components did not go though the underlying earth, however; this art work produces a situation in which the viewers can see “the sky from the antipode through the hole on the floor” as if it is a stage setting.

“Earth Hole” is a video installation in which the screen showing “the scenery from the antipodes“ is embedded in the venue where the natural environment is reproduced. The viewers will see the starlit heaven at day time and brightening blue sky in evening twilight as if they peer down the hole. This surrealistic and hopeful juxtaposition will give the audiences a mystic experience and evoke curiosity and imagination.
This work will evoke the viewers a speculation over the coexistence among developing technology, nature, and human beings, and the inevitable aftermath and hopeful future, rather than blind criticism.
Even if this imaginary situation were to occur, the scenery from antipode will not be seen. However, this work portrays an alternative landscape vision which is different from dystopian near future.