山上 渡「World of the world – Under constellation 2021」
Born in 1981, Yamakami has been wandering around the alleys of Tokyo with a spray can when he was inspired by street art, wandering around South America, India and Asia when he was inspired by religion and shamanism, and wandering through the forest while living deep in the mountains of Nagano when he was interested in slime mold. At first glance, it may seem as if he is wandering aimlessly, but Yamagami has connected these boundaries by moving around through his relationship with the objects that interest him.
In this exhibition, Yamagami presents a series of works developed in Indonesia during his participation in the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artistof the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2008. This series revolves around the subject of the sea and the drifting objects.
Yamakami believes that, although Indonesia and Japan are isolated from the rest of the world by the sea, they are also open to each other through ambiguous borders and they are all actually connected as drifting objects. This concept of drifting objects reveals the difference between the realm of ideas and the physical realm working as a metaphor that mediates the intersection between the living and the dead, this world and the other shore, the conscious and the unconscious. Assuming that there is a visible world and an invisible world, how do we perceive and connect them? Yamakami tries to reconsider the world from a different angle by deconstructing the complex relationships of the world into objects, places, and times, and then, reconstructing them using the techniques of bricolage (Note 1) and cut-up (Note 2). Due to the pandemic, the world has become more complicated and ambiguous and it is our hope that you will be able to reevaluate the reality through Yamakami’s work and be able to feel the world that you have not yet seen.
(Note 1) Bricolage
The French cultural anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, in his book “Wild Thoughts” (1962), introduced the practice of using scraps and leftovers found in various parts of the world to make tools that serve immediate needs, regardless of their original purpose, and called it “bricolage”. He compared bricolage to the “cultivated thinking” of post-modern engineering and considered bricolage to be a universal way of knowing that has been applied to modern society. He also called “bricolage” the characteristic patterns of thinking in witchcraft and mythology around the world. For example, a mythological system is a collection of various gods and heroes, but as a whole it is a collection of individual episodes, not a neat sequence, and the genealogy of the gods is complex. This is because the mythological system is a mishmash (a bricolage) of myths that have been formed by citing myths of preceding and neighboring peoples and by lumping together myths from different regions. Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Note 2) Cut up
Cut up is performed by taking a complete, linear text (printed on paper) and breaking it up into a few or single words. The dismembered fragments are then recombined into a new text. This reorganization can often result in surprising new phrases. A common practice is to cut the paper on which the text is printed into four pieces (rectangles), rearrange them, and typewrite the mixed prose, while changing the random words with improvised and innovative ingenuity. Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia