What is the self ? What is the body ?
Naotaka Fujii + GRINDER-MAN + evala
Immersive experience art piece "The Mirror" asks relation between the self and the body. A participant, wearing a head mounted display and headphones, interacts with his/her mirror image displayed on the screen in front. Timeline of the mirror image jumps from now to past back and forth so that the participant starts losing 'here and now’ feeling. And feeling an existence of others who don't actually exist guides us to reconstruct a novel structure of the self and the body.
Photos : keizo Kioku
Photos : Koki Nagahama © 2016 Getty Images
Photo by Masaki Miyai
Photographs courtesy of Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
Born 1965. Graduated from the Tohoku University School of Medicine in 1991, and received his M.D., Ph.D. from the same university’s graduate school in 1997. Representative Director of Hacosco Inc. Main subjects of his studies are adaptive intelligence and social brain function. He had been working as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1998 until 2004, and leading the RIKEN Brain Science Institute’s Laboratory for Adaptive Intelligence as Laboratory Head from 2008 until 2017. Currently CEO of Hacosco Inc. and Professor at Digital Hollywood University.
GRINDER-MAN is the artistic group created by director Hitoshi Taguchi and the choreographer/dancer Makiko Izu. Their aim is to divert the idea of "here and now" by creating a spectacle of carefully planned sensory impressions based on the spontaneity of the reaction. The group carries out projects for museums, theaters, art festivals and various other occasions across Japan and abroad. Their art escapes generalization, going far beyond the boundaries of art.
Musician and sound artist, born 1976. Has been creating and performing edgy works of electronic music, while at once engaging in prismatic sound design utilizing cutting-edge technology. He organized new project “See by Your Ears” producing an extraordinary audio experience described as like seeing something with your ears (without eyes). It’s regarded with high esteem as an epoch-making piece in the history of sound art.