Corset (Library)

2012, Mixed media installation / Video

Two people are lying down inside a structure, the interior floor of which is covered in blackboard. One person chooses a volume from among the books stored in the lower part of the structure, and uses the Japanese hiragana syllabary to copy the text – including punctuation – onto the blackboard area while crawling backwards. As though chasing the first person, the other person crawls forward while reading each of the characters, which upon reading are then erased his/her body. The pair repeat this process across several books, completing multiple circuits around the structure.

Installation view of the exhibition “Real Japanesque: The Unique World of Japanese Contemporary,” of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2012