"Whiplash Neuron"
live installation

11:00-19:00 × 56 days
Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo
28 June - 31 August, 2008

Passing through a tiny entrance, there are various objects in the dim light, three steel lockers, some buckets, gladiolus, apples, Y-shirts and a guy with a water goggle. An oval shaped video which looked like a mirror, projected by a beamer on the wall. Amemiya had been there 56 days coming in and out from the steel locker, taking action that has something to do with the mirror video, but sometimes do nothing. Sometimes he arranged the stuffs to a formation, but he had changed it to another formation the next moment, and then after doing the formations he started explaining about the new formation, then the explanation had changed slowly to a weird story; He and his classmates had been chased by a bear, but eventually he had been chased by the bear and his classmates because of stealing the bear's apple, so he went back to his locker to hide from them. Only a few apples remained on the exhibition space, audience could imagine a bunch of roles about the apples (in the certain multiple situation) "representing what has left for the bear" or "a part of the composition for the formation in the exhibition space" or "one of the result of the actions referred from the mirror video", just like these instances.
As like that, he tried to show across different layers physically, arranging the real stuffs in the exhibition space / giving some relationships with video (which shot the same space in the past) / talking about a story, and sometimes they are mixed by means of his action. Thus, this piece is not only a performance piece, not only a talking piece, and not only an installation. All of them, stuffs, actions, telling story, audience, accumulated daily performance, were assembled for the comprehensive live installation piece.

Exhibition: TEAM13: Tokyo Wonder Site Emerging Artists On Mezzanine, "Whiplash Neuron"
Yosuke Amemiya
dates: 28 June - 31 August, 2008


venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo

TWS Shibuya is hosting two up-and-coming artists' exhibitions "TEAM 13 Yosuke Amemiya -Whiplash Neuron" and "TEAM 14 Kei Takemura -Apart a Part" starting from June 28th. Yosuke Amemiya has introduced video installation works with which viewers can go back and forth between reality and fiction. In his multilayered space with mirror-like structure, motifs like flogs, plants, apples, which all have repetitively showed up in his work before, are arranged in a way that they intricately intermingle with each other. Once stepping into the space, viewers experience a sensation that they can't figure out where they are and what they just underwent, starting to reconsider what is reality and what is not. Kei Takemura is based in Berlin, Germany. After observing his friends' daily activities and rooms closely, Takemura reenacts their living using media like embroidery, drawing and performance. Such a method seems to evoke a sense that the fragments of intimate feelings and memories toward certain spaces and people are layered one after another. In this exhibition entitled "Apart a part", Takemura introduces his new series which reconstructs his friend's everyday life in a space where embroidered organdie cloth is displayed, while in another series, he restores broken cups and plates. By deciphering 
and radicating touchable yet ungraspable phenomena on transparent organdie and in gaps between the lines depicted on tracing papers, Takemura awakens memories and senses of viewers.

"Whiplash Neuron"2008, Yosuke Amemiya from YosukeAmemiya on Vimeo.