EXIST [CORRESPONDENCE] – DIÁRIOS JAPONESES is a media art project that discusses eroticism and violence in the space-time relations lived by bodies-in-flux in the postindustrial metropolis. Built in the creases, this in-traffic foreign body is supported by erroneous roots, approached virtually in the net and lacking bodily presence. This subject who lives in these [anti] territories, draws a diminishing political existence and more technical. Societies of control and contagion, their wounds are evident on the web and they are symphonized in the urban situations. The body remains as a contaminated act of humanity. These bodies crushed by the failures of utopia, search in the web and in the difference the love. In this MA*(suspension of space and time), the subject acts through the contemporary versions of masks: avatars, fiction bodies launched in simulated adventures. The relations of proximity and distance are always imaginary. De-territorialized and lonely, they ask themselves: does correspondence exist?
EXIST [CORRESPONDENCE] – DIÁRIOS JAPONESES creates many approximation strategies in this everyday impact with the ‘abyss between one being and another’ that Bataille tells us about. It is this abyss, this black hole, this vertigo that lies on the skin of the image that is revealed in the installation. There are various layers in space and time that are overlapped: the Japanese diaries create a direct counterpoint for the plain net image. If these images (from the diaries) gives us the body-to-body, the confrontation and the denudation before the other, the web gives us dissimulation, the fragmentation and the “superficiality” of a correspondence that is marked by absence.
EXIST [CORRESPONDENCE] – DIÁRIOS JAPONESES is a procedural work built by layers. The images of the diaries form a loop where this suspension is pierced by images used on LIVE. This tension between time and intensity, duration and fragility, proximity and distance, design the rhythm of this correspondence. First layer: video loop of Japanese diaries. Second layer: a telematic correspondence in real time using video streaming, performed by two artists between Japan and Brazil, that gives continuity to the idea of diaries. Third layer: these images of the loop are available into keyboards, connected to two projectors. A program in director links the images used on LIVE to the letter keys of the keyboard. Through them, each user may (re)construct this “situation” of correspondence, in the attempt of building “a bridge between one being and the other” throughout the recognition of this abyss of which Bataille speaks.
2005 _ PROG:ME, TELEMAR CULTURAL SPACE, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
2005 _ JAPAN FOUNDATION, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
invited artist for the telematic performance and collaborator on developing the telematic system: SHIN-YA B.
technical support: ANDRÉ SHEIK
director programming: MARCOS FONSECA
performance on the Japanese diaries: YOICHIRO OZAWA, RACHEL ROSALEN
all my thanks to KABUM, BRÍGIDA BALTAR, HIGURE 17-15 CAS, IKKA ESTÚDIO