work environmental

November-December, 2023
Five channels of video with three channels of audio at FEED Media Art Center, Erie, PA, U.S.A

During the residency at FEED Media Art Center, I created work environmental: an immersive audio video installation in a distinctive loft in FEED’s building that was under construction. Audiovisual recordings of people’s various conservation actions on the New York City shoreline are projected on walls and suspended fabrics along with ambient sounds of nature and industrial noise, inviting the audience to a sensory experience of what it is like to be with the actions in urban nature. Might this sensory experience elevate restorative acts of care for nature, wildlife and humans?

The exhibition was open to public by appointment, and during three tours held by the FEED during their programing.  Over one hundred people from the age of preteen to octogenarian visited the installation.

This work is an activation of the archive culminated from the project “thoughts for tomorrow, movements for today.”

A documentary of the work produced by FEED Media Art Center
Shot by iki nakagawa, Benton C Bainbridge and Tyler Akam, and edited by Collin Bonner and Benton C Bainbridge, 2023.

Arena Triptych

Collaboration with Walter Dundervill
Three channel video and mix media installation at Abrons Arts Center, NYC, NY.
The video consists of a documentation of Walter Dundervill’s Arena, performed at Jack and PS1 in 2015 and 2016, and landscape footage, both of which were recorded by Iki.   Three videos were projected along with cellphones and mylar that were installed by Dundervill.
The installation was part of the exhibition called “Reexamine the space” curated by Josh Lubin-Levy from September 26-October 23, 2016. The photograph is taken by Frank Mullaney.

3rd Take

Installed in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
3rd Take was a installation that was made for “The Dating Show” at 3rd ward gallery in Brooklyn NY.
I found few people who wanted to make a dating profile video.  I invited them one by one to my house and recorded them doing a simple task; one of them fold laundry, another one washed a sweater, and another one took out what were in her purse.  I also got names of three friends and called them one by one to do an interview.  I asked all of them the same questions about the person who was making the profile video:
1. How they met,
2. One object she/he needs,
3. A person who she/he would enjoy spending time with.
I made audio recordings of the interviews and laid them over the image of the person doing a simple task.
The videos were available for viewing at the blog site that was open only to people who participated in the project.  Each blog post displayed a profile video and capability to contact other participants if they wished.  The videos were also on view at the 3rd Ward Gallery during the exhibition.
Contact the artist if you wish to make your own dating profile video in this way.

On The Table

Installed in NYC, NY, Stowe VT, USA. & Muscat Oman.
On The Table was a media project experimenting with the extent to which art making could become a vehicle for changing the dynamic of interpersonal relationships.  On The Table was done in two stages; At Home and Re(c)Site.
At Home:
I made an equipment that was capable of recording and playing back audio video.  I put the equipment in private homes in New York, Vermont and Tokyo, asking the residents to record and exchange personal video messages amongst themselves.  A total of five households, including my own, used the equipment.  I gave little direction to residents, only to portrait themselves within an intimate distance from the equipment.  Left over a period of time, numerous video messages were exchanged between participants.  In some instances this process revealed emotional issues that had never been discussed before, while in other instances a highly charged emotion was suppressed due to the presence of the equipment.  At the conclusion, I asked residents to select sections of material they felt comfortable having others view, with the understanding that the origin of the material would remain anonymous.  In some cases, I was asked to select the material, and at times was denied the release.
Using the released audio recordings, I created a series of dramatic reenactments with actors.  Each actor was provided with an audio-only recording of the original message, and was instructed to interpret what they heard.  I asked them not to memorize the text, but rather to improvise in a manner of their choice based upon what they had heard.  For some this took the form of a free association based on their own past experiences that resonated with what they had heard and understood.  Others did not use words at all, but instead chose to convey the sentiment of the text simply with facial expressions.
I made a gallery installation with two videos: the first video was of an empty living room with the audio recording from different households, and the second video was of actors’ enactments.  The first video was displayed in the original equipment and the second video was displayed in another equipment I made for the exhibition, which had a slightly bigger screen.  The installation was exhibited at the Kitchen, Harvestworks and the former Cultural Center of Muscat Oman.
On The Table is available for showing.  Contact the artist for further assistance.

On and Under The Viaduct

Installed in NYC, NY, USA.
On and Under The Viaduct was a site specific installation commissioned by the Kitchen and Friends of the High Line.  It was shown at the Kitchen’s street fair.
At the time of the production, there were two oppositional plans for the High Line; one to demolish it and another one to renovate it as a public park.  The High Line now is a public park that runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenue.  Since the rebirth of the High Line, most of the old factories and car mechanic places have been pushed out and the area is now occupied with blue chip galleries and luxury condominiums.
I asked a dancer to move from one end of the High Line to the other end of the High Line with a steady camera.  She recorded her trip as she moved through the freight rail line.  I also got hold of an audio recording of a public hearing in which people from both sides expressed their opinions about what to do with the High Line.
I made a telescope with an electronic shutter that could switch between video display and the actual view from the telescope.  The telescope was placed under the High Line, so the view was of High Line seen from below.  The video was of the footage shot on the High Line.  The audio recording of the debate was only played during the actual view seen from below.

Rendez-vous Mal’addresse

Installed in San Sebastian, Spain.
Rendezvous Mal’adresse was a site-specific installation.  It took place in San Sebastian, Spain.  San Sebastian is a resort town right in the Basque region and has a reputation for romantic rendezvous.  I selected three locations that were often used as a meeting place.  At each location, I directed a scene of rendezvous with people I met there.  I recorded them and made a photomontage for each location.
I then framed each photomontage and installed it next to the preexisting phone booth.  On the back of the frame, I attached a voice-recording machine for people to leave a message.
This project was commissioned and funded at the artist residency program at Arteleku.

Window 02

Installed in NYC, NY, USA.
Window 02-FLIP was a site-specific installation in collaboration with Taketo Shimada.  It took place at Basic Wheel, a skateboarding store in lower east side.
Shimada and I made two glass plates and attached them on the storefront window of Basic Wheel.  Each plate had its own video screen.  The screen on the right played a video portrait of the local skaters.  The screen on the left played a moving text and other footage we made from the moving text.
In the video portrait, the skaters described their techniques, the places they skate, and their reasons for skating.  Excerpts of their words were displayed as text and superimposed onto the video of them skating.  We deconstructed those words in accordance to an anagram system of the word “FLIP.”  Shimada and I used the new word arrangement as script and directed a series of scenes using actors.  These new scenes were displayed on the left screen along with the words that generated the scenes.