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Stillllive Collective 2016

Emotion in Motion

Performed at DADA 100th Anniversary Festival in Spiral Wacoal Art Center

16:00-18:00 7 Aug 2016

Artists: Sandra Stanyonite, Saskia Vranken, Hollie Miller, Yuki Kobayashi

Curator: Yoshie Ota


*The collective has been already dissolved​​​​

Was held on August 7, Spiral, Stillllive performance “Emotion in Motion”. Important thing / Dadaism 100 anniversary of the significance that I feel watching.

Women wearing a black suit is standing dignified. She covers the black suit with the black paint by using her red passport and then falls down again and again. Mix black paint with red. The man wearing a suit firmly ties a tube of plastic to his mouth with the black tape, begin to play/make a sound that does not become a voice. A woman who is wearing something like a cannon on her head paraded around the venue. With the noise of the machine, she would slowly approach every individual viewer and stare down to their face. The viewer though would not be able to see her face just a black void. On the other hand, women wearing a beautiful dress and high-heels parades around the venue, and by physical touch of the body interferes and disturbs the viewer. Performer each one of them had to face the world in a terribly lonely way.

Although 100 years ago we experienced World War II and now it is over, today we live in the live stream of news of terror and fear of the unknown. Internet network has connected us, but in the world as in the chemical reaction to it and what is happening it brings a lot of disruption.

The man wearing a suit will be naked, he wraps the black bowling ball into the world map. The tip of the tube extending from the mouth is branched into two, one is connected with the earth and ahead the other tube is connected to the mouth of the woman who is covered in red and black paint. The two of them around the Earth. It is as if we are looking at the human shared impossibility, painful, yet real. The map of the world is torn apart and a bowling ball comes out. Men wrap it in a new map of the world that it can be easily be torn apart again and connects it to the tube. This is an act such as exposing the vulnerability of the world where life is like a man’s show, comical ridiculousness of human beings. They are connected by the tube, namely the media that had expressed the ‘now’ in the whole body.

The question is why do they carry this performance now? and what does it mean to be a man of today’s modern world? Question for this world and the question for the act of performance – they’re closely intertwined.


Live, in the moment of the here and now, happened to be witnessed. You can see that is not little.

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