In 2018, I was selected for an artistic research residency in the Tokyo area in Japan. My research project consisted of an anthropological observation of contemporary Japanese culture and its relationship to ritual in order to compose a performative artwork.
"Monkey" is a wandering performance around the Meiji-jingū temple whose route ends on its southern axis. It is an analogy of the condition of a society whose support can be broken at anytime and whose entire structures rely on devices that allow to hold it's balance. In Japanese society hardships are carried and endured with resignation by the individual as for the environment, and how geographical , cultural and economical constraints prevent them from being remedied.
In such context, agility and flexibility, whether physical or mental, become preeminent to brute force and obstruction.
This is an archive made up of spectators' shots with unsuitable equipment.