Computer-controlled, five-channel video/sound installation with five video projectors, eight-channel sound system, and slide projectors. Coproduced by the artist and Canon ARTLAB, Tokyo. Collection of the artist. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
The life-size dancers in Lovers are drained of life. Projected onto
the black walls of a square room, the naked figures have a spectral quality.
Their movements are simple and repetitive. Back and forth, they walk and run
with animal grace. Their actions become familiar over time, so that it is a
surprise when two of the translucent bodies come together in a virtual embrace.
These ostensible lovers--more overlapping than touching--are not physically
Teiji Furuhashi was a cofounder of Dumb Type, an internationally recognized arts collective based in Kyoto. The group's multimedia collaborations are irreverent takes on popular culture and the rigid stratification of Japanese society. Photo: Shiro Takatani, courtesy of the artist.