Takeshi Kanemura was an artist in our show Plastic Sunshine at Groundspace Project, and also performed collaboratively during the event Including You. He just returned from a trip to his birthplace in Okinawa prefecture, Japan. (He performed there as well, and when I get pictures I will happily share them.) These performances are important to him, because while at times the performances are duplicated, the nature of a western audience versus an eastern audience is what comes into play. That being said, Takeshi considers all of his performances as collaborative, at least between him and the audience. He also likes to consider his influences: growing up in Okinawa, which has a US Military base, has given him a unique perspective of both what is Japanese, and what is American. He seeks to demonstrate this combination of cultures in the making of his identity through his work. Typically exhibited are the “artifacts” of his performances. Sometimes the leftover materials used, sometimes more formal paintings on canvas. These are a record of the body in motion and a reminder of the fleetingness of the moment which makes performance as a medium so intimate.
Below is a picture from the closing of Plastic Sunshine, with his painting on the back wall, Navy with white drips making a circle. The other two images are from Including You. The singer shown is Cris Law, who improvised a melody that Takeshi reacted to during the performance. You can view more of his work at his website: