Caramel

2013, Mixed media installation / Video

I cut out the eyes from footage of animals that I filmed at a zoo, and then replaced them with footage of human eyes displayed on monitors arranged behind the missing parts of the original footage. The human eyes were filmed by placing volunteers in a restrictive contraption and then making them watch performances by myself. The performances involved generally unremarkable actions, such as transferring liquids from one container to another, swinging around a racket, or moving about while holding a candle. I made nine performances for nine volunteers, whose eyes were then inserted into those of nine animals.

Installation view of the exhibition "Roppongi Crossing 2013: OUT OF DOUBT,” at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2013