Hamamatsucho, Tokyo, Jan 2012 | Nonverbal Space


Nonverbal Space

"Nonverbal Space", it is unstable, distorted, and contradicts what we have created. And [Ma], exists in there. The characteristic of the Japanese [Ma] is very beautiful, also delicate, and if you are not always aware of the very small amount of undulation of [Ma], it loses balance immediately.
I tried to listen to a lump of invisible voice (or the voice that was confined) of [Ma] existing in nonverbal/unstable spaces of our daily lives, and I aimed to visualize the two invisible elements, [Ma] and human [Gou] (karma/conduct) that underlies in [Ma]. Also, in this project, I dared to express the human being as the existence (visualization of [Gou]), not as an individual but by making the whole nonverbal space the subject without including people in the frame. this way, I am managing the awareness of the relationship between individuals, society and the surrounding environment for the viewers.
Danshi Tatekawa said that "Rakugo is an affirmation of human [Gou] (karma/conduct), that is, inconsistency", and Alexander Pope also said that "To err is human, to forgive divine". As they talked towards "people", could their words really be said in front of the "Nonverbal Space" which is more closer to the "society"? and could that "forgiveness" recreate another type of hope or a new possibility in this land where everything had changed to something that looks irreversible? I shoot the "Nonverbal Space" (it is unstable, distorted, and something contradicts what we have created) while being aware of their words which were created by human beings as well.


非言語空間

我々人間が創りだした、不安定でいびつで、またどこか矛盾する「非言語空間」、そしてそこに存在する「間(ま)」。この日本独特の「間(ま)」が持つ美しさや奥ゆかしさは、とても繊細で崩れやすく、「間(ま)は魔物」とも言われるように、そこに流れる微量の波動に常に意識を集中してバランスを保たないと、途端に「間(ま)抜け」し「間(ま)延び」し、「間(ま)が悪い」ものとなってしまう。
このプロジェクトでは、「間(ま)」から強烈に感じる「見えない言塊」(または「《閉じ込められている》言塊」)に耳を傾け、その微妙な歪みを丁重にフレーミングすることで、「間(ま)」とともに、その根底にある不安定で表象化が難しい人間の「業(ごう)」という、二つの不可視要素を可視化させることができないか試みた。また、ここではあえて「人物」をフレームに入れずに「非言語空間」全体を主題にすることによって、人物を「個」ではなく「存在」(=「業(ごう)」の表象化)として表現し、個と社会と自然環境との関係性、間の取り方を、より強く意識させることを目的とした。
談志の言う「人間の業の肯定」や、ホープのそれ"To err is human, to forgive divine."「過ちは人の常、許すは神の業」が、果たして「個」だけではなく、「社会」側により寄ったこの「非言語空間」を前にしても同様に語ることができるのか。そしてその「許し」によって、後戻りできないほど変貌してしまったこの地に、新たな希望や可能性を生むことができるのか。ホープらの言葉もまた人間が創りだしたものであることを改めて意識しつつ、我々の日常の中にある不安定でいびつで、またどこか矛盾する「非言語空間」が見せる多様な表情にシャッターを切った。

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