“You are the only one who can never see yourself except as an image.” – Roland Barthes
Observer / Observed is a live interactive video workshop with Takahiko iimura, revisiting one of his key works from the 1960’s. Two identical video monitors and cameras will be placed within no.w.here’s studio space, with participants able to engage directly with the artist and the work as it unfolds.
‘The main aim of Observer/Observed is a study of the structural relationships of video and language using English. Based on the feedback system of video, I assigned the system into the relation of the observer and the observed using the words ‘I’ and ‘YOU’.
'What I am concerned with is the structure of ‘seeing’ involved for both the observer and the observed, as in a sentence of ‘I see you’, which is posited by the closed-circuit system of video.’ Takahiko Iimura.
'In his work Observer/Observed, and other works of video Semiology, Takahiko Iimura tackles phenomenology of perception by analysing video, or more precisely, the science of film. The camera, the monitor, the space and time between them are the devices, and physically present entities, at stake in his 'scientific video experiments', in that it is via them, and because of them, that reality is framed, and therefore presented as it is. Iimura conducts his investigation by stripping the act of filming down to the essentiality of the apparatuses that enable the capture of what surrounds us; highlighting the workings of the act of (filmic) observation in a highly analytical, and structuralist, manner.'
Text by Marialaura Ghidini. The full article 'onlooking' can be found at: http://or-bits.com/onlooking.php
This workshop takes place as part of iimura's global tour which is supported by a travel grant from The Japan Foundation, Tokyo.