pompom

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choreographic installation in collaboration with Vincent Roumagnac (FR) and Nao Yazawa (JAP)

pompom is a project which starts and takes place in Tokyo Arts and Space –residency from September to November 2017. It is a collaborative work by three artists: Finnish choreographer Simo Kellokumpu, French theater-artist Vincent Roumagnac, and Japanese manga-artist Nao Yazawa. The work brings together Kellokumpu’s choreographic practice, Roumagnac’s visual staging, and Yazawa’s practice as manga-artist. The collaborative project is based on the questions of Kellokumpu’s current artistic practice, and his doctoral artistic research project’s questions on: Choreography as a reading practice. The process of pompom examines the choreographic embodiment of the relations in between movement, place, and material surrounding in the frameworks of hyper-mobile Tokyo.

The project filters experiential movements of Tokyo by compounding western site-specific and context responsive choreographic practice with contemporary science-fiction and Japanese manga. The starting points for the project lies in the questions such as: How, as a temporary guest, to embody contemporary Tokyo through the lense of movement? How does Tokyo and its moving spaces, mobility systems, and transforming materiality shapeshift the choreographer’s body? How does these movements produce Tokyo? What kind of choreographic art is produced by inhabiting, and translating these intermassive movements with Japanese manga? What kind of critical and material encounters, parallel interests, translations, transpositions, paradoxes, and tensions are emerging when intimate western practice meets the megalopolis of Tokyo, through a dialogue with Japanese manga?

The working group produces a large-scale installation, which consists of five Tokyo-responsive videos and manga prints, which expose the queer manga character pompom. These elements and their critical dialogue materialize the choreographic embodiment  in which the machine, the human, and the animal intraconnect, entangle, and bug in a state of constant becoming-other in the frameworks of the posthumanist visual culture.

The project is supported also by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and Helsinki International Artist Programme HIAP.

 

 

 

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pompom on koreografinen ja esityksellinen installaatio, joka tuo yhteen käynnissä olevan taiteellisen tutkimusprojektin kysymykset, science-fictionin, ja japanilaisen mangan. Projekti tutkii liikkeen, paikan, ja ympäröivän olosuhteen välisiä suhteiden ruumiillistamista hyper-mobiilissa Tokiossa.

pompom fuusioittaa seuraavia asioita: vieraus, poikkeavuus, queer, ruumiilliset kohtaamisalueet, fantastiset tilalliset kokemukset, valtavat liikkeet, intergalaktinen materiaalisuus, gender-räjähdys, keinotekoisen ja ainutlaatuisen, vieraan ja itsen horjuttaminen.

Yhteistyössä: Vincent Roumagnac

Projekti toteutuu Tokyo Wonder Site -residenssissä ja sitä ovat tukeneet Suomen Kulttuurirahasto sekä HIAP Helsinki.

 

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