Yoi Kawakubo

Residency Program

Exchange Residency Program (Japan-based creators sent abroad)

update: 2019.10.29

Yoi Kawakubo

Participating ProjectExchange Residency Program (Japanese Creators sent abroad)
Activity BasedJapan
Period2014.9 - 2014.10
Purpose of the residency

Since 2012 I have been exploring the boundaries of photography as a medium in an ontological manner, together with the limits of language and the medium itself (i.e. photography, language and the body). In May 2014 I have made some works for the final exhibition of the one year residency in Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama, consisting on some photographs, wall installations and English written narrative text. If possible I want to find a place to exhibit these works and later on show the results of the residence in Tokyo as well. This time I want to explore the history and the epistemology of language in the narrative, focusing in the English narrative in art and the use of stories, and do documentation research through small format photography in the city of London. I am interested in the tradition of meta story telling and narrative that, from Shakespeare to Lewis Carroll, or artists like Ryan Gander or Simon Starling, is flowing in the British tradition.

Plan during the residency

I will start finding and making contact with people for research for places on English literature and the narrative in British contemporary art. I have also some contacts of people in the University of London, in which I am also interested for the auto icon of Jeremy Bentham that seems to me a link between the real (social and academic) world and the mythological and fictional realm, through a physical body. At the same time I will prepare material for lectures at the University of the arts London, based on my past works, experiences in Fukushima and about cultural aspects of Japan. Also I will try find exhibition places for the works I made last year in the residency at TWS Aoyama, that touches social and philosophical issues like nuclear energy, the mediumness of photography and language and the links between history and stories.

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