YOKO SEYAMA / Art & Scenography

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Delays of Falling. (2016) Kinetic sculptures (in the project 'x/groove space' by Sebastian Matthias)

Material : aluminium, stainless steel, rubber, PLA, carbon fiber, bearings, motos, controllors,
Dimention : 4 m x 0.15 m x 0.15 m (turning part) 0.2 m x 0.3 m x 0.4m (upper part)
Location : Tanzhaus nrw, Dusseldorf, Germany, premiered on 2 June 2016

Delays of falling.
Steered gravity, never in contact or even impact on the gravitational source .
Linked shifts of weight produce the immediate movement,
guided adjustments, delays , a play of swing and momentum.
Bearing joints won't leave their place.

Each sculpture's rotating wings are moving with the attempt to have un-mechanical movement, show hesitation, changing a fall into a swing, creating a feeling of suspense and silence.
Therefor the vertical movement is not created by direct contact to the motion of electrical motors, but through displacement and adjustments of weights on the linear rails on the wings.
The movement can even be created by the touch of the audience or visitors, leading to a wanted interaction with each sculpture.

Technical and artistic partner: Dirk P Haubrich
Assistant: Kyefa Park



Collaboration in 'x/groove space'

I was invited for the dance project 'x / groove space' by Choreograper Sebastian Matthias.
These kinetic sculptures were presented together with his choreography and other two Japanese Artis, Masaru Iwai and Atsuhiro Ito.

Choreography/Concept: Sebastian Matthias
Visual Art: Atsuhiro Ito (Live Performance/Sound Installation), Masaru Iwai (Instruction Art/Video Installation), Yoko Seyama (Kinetic Sculptures/Costumes)
Co-Choreography/Dance: Jubal Battisti, Lisanne Goodhue, Deborah Hofstetter, Oskar Landström, Harumi Terayama, Idan Yoav, Rachell Clark
Light/Technical Direction: Andreas Harder
Dramaturgy: Nanako Nakajima
Advice/Communication: Akiko Okamoto
Produktion Dramaturgy: Mira Moschallski

Performance schedule:

2. - 3. January 2016 tanshaus nrw, Dusseldorf, Germany
13. - 17. August 2016 Tanz im August, Sophiensaele, Berlin, Germany
3. - 6.   November 2016 Festival / Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
18. - 20. January 2017 ünstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt

A production by Sebastian Matthias in Co-production with tanzhaus nrw, Festival Tokyo, Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Tanz im August 2016 and Sophiensaele. Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag as well as by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Kunst- und Kulturstiftung of Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf and Japan Foundation.

The sculptures were installed in the space together with Atsuhiro Ito's Sound installation (florecent tube lights with megaphones)





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