陸奥の 安達原の黒塚に 鬼籠もれりと言うはまことか (UN)KEEPALL (1.0: 1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0) 1.0

陸奥の 安達原の黒塚に 鬼籠もれりと言うはまことか (UN)KEEPALL is a visual narration of distorted definitions and the cause – information transmission, and has chosen the tag “minority” as the focus of the work.

YAMAN chose Oni as a metaphor for distorted definition, which connects to his own roots, culture, and career.

Oni ranged between good and evil (sharing the complexity and variation of human traits) and became distorted by the majority into purely an evil character. YAMAN finds this story an analogy of the distorted definition of the minority. A similar fate of perception may have distorted the Greek “Daemon”.

As the original Oni ranged between good and evil, distortions in information transmission itself can be plotted between good and evil. But what we see when we consider minority issues is someone’s intentions and benefits; the same impression we get when we think about Oni and Daemon being distorted by the winners of the time and official history to trace the storyline they want.

An additional essential element in this work is that time has ingrained distortions: a possibility that the distorted thing has forgotten the fact that they have been distorted. Myth becomes nightmare, villain transforms into hero, distortion evolves into common belief.

Oni is a consistent loser, the eternal minority, the ultimate other. Therefore, Oni cannot be specified. It can be said that what cannot be specified is the concept, Oni. The ingrained distortions have been repeated. In the social media era, we see our distorted selves reflected in the mirror. Can we still say it is someone else’s viewpoint?

陸奥の 安達原の黒塚に 鬼籠もれりと言うはまことか (UN)KEEPALL (1.0: 1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0) 1.0
VHS, Bleach bypass-effected 16mm film, Bleach bypass-effected 35mm film, 35mm film and Digital video
1920 x 1080 px
©YAMAN
2022


Artist: YAMAN

Sculptor of Oni: Myokei Matsumoto/松本明慶
Soundtrack: Shinichi Osawa/大沢伸一
Animation: Tezuka Productions/手塚プロダクション

Kyoto Venue
Hiunkaku, Nishi Hongwanji/飛雲閣, 西本願寺

Shibuya Venue
Shibuya Crossing /渋谷スクランブル交差点

Paris Venue
Théâtre Édouard VII/エドワード7世劇場

LA Venue
Kill Bill Church/キルビル・チャーチ
American Cement Building/アメリカン・セメント・ビルディング

Plant Arrangement
Reijiro Izumi

Noh Singer
Soichiro Hayashi

Filmmaker/Editor
Yoshihiro Inada
Jameson Pepper
Alyssa Brocato
Shunsuke Watanabe
Shinsuke Tanba
Yoshihiro Ogura

Special Thanks to
Professor Yo Ishigaki, University of Electro-Communications
Kaito KITE Masai
Pascal Legros, Directeur, Théâtre Édouard VII
Christine Kantner, Gus Creative
Casey McShane, Director of Events, Chateau Marmont
Steven Petrarca Events
Tyler-Marie Evans, Cinematographer
Alex Kumph, Cinematographer

Alfredo Williams, Photographer
Monica Orozco, Photographer
Eva Gunz, GNZ Spaces 
Oscar Tiné
Victor Livi
Dany Jucaud
Jean-Francois
Tiné Sylvie
Tine Brissiau
Ray Suzuki
Mitsumasa Maruhira
Anna Kato
Mio Harada

Frieze L.A.
Chateau Marmont

Commonwealth and Council Gallery

Michelangelo Bendandi, Q/ Commissioning Editor