Yamanaka Suplex, in collaboration with Kyoto Art Center, is pleased to present “Charting the Contours of Time,” a solo exhibition by Taipei-based art collective Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel.
Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel has staged performance works that construct ephemeral situations; comprising installation, sound, hypnotic rhetoric, urban violence, political turmoil, bodily memories of unusual states, historical reenactment, and symbols from Japan’s former sovereignty, their work leads the audience into poetic, multilayered performance spaces.
The work Charting the Contours of Time, first shown in 2018 in Taipei and making its debut in Japan for the first time, is a live performance inspired by the Tainai Meguri (“journey to the womb”) of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto and takes place in complete darkness. In a former gymnasium (now the Multi-purpose Hall in Kyoto Art Center) of an elementary school established during the era of modernization in Japan, viewers are instructed to put on US-made night vision goggles and gaze at body movements under visually restricted conditions. Through the art experience, Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel’s work invites us to contemplate issues of participation and psychological immersion; the history of Taiwan and Japan; and the political relations of East Asia.