Kite flying with local people – Bucharest Biennale 3 – parallel event

Friday August 03rd 2007, 3:03 am
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BUCHAREST BIENNALE 3 (parallel event)
proudly sponsored by Pilsner Urquell

YOSHINORI NIWA

07.August.2007

11.00 hours | Bucuresti, Piata Universitatii (in front of National Theatre)
“Kite flying with local people”
Making a flying kite using the trash of Bucharest, he will try to fly the kite in Bucharest.

12.30 hours | Bucuresti, Centrul National al Dansului (TNB floor 3/4)
“Kites, Catrina, Chickens and more”
Artist talk of Yoshinori Niwa

In Japan, for the celebration of the New Year in early january, people traditionally fly kites. Usually made out of paper, taking mythical forms such as Octopus, Demon, Animals, etc. The project in Bucharest is to fly kites made out of garbage collected from the streets of the city, i.e. plastic bags and/or cardboards. This action-art project is a way to collaborate with the people from Bucharest for the making of the kites, and in parallel it constitutes a communicating mixture of Japanese and Romanian culture. Local and global categories are under the scrutiny through this aesthetic action. Trash is part of the culture of any city, and in the garbage one may find the vestiges of international corporations, such as fast food chains, mixed with packaging from local producers. The kite will mix them reconstituting the microcosmos of Bucharest. This kite will be the material expression of commodity distribution system, a witness of contemporary global capitalism, and a commentary on the consumer society in Bucharest. The flying kite is untouchable, but it touches us and will make us rethink our socio-political context. The experience of collectively working on a kite with local people may remain in the memory of Bucharest cityscape.

Yoshinori Niwa is a physical performance artist who often incorporates animals, plants, and the environment into his work. Niwa’s aim is to explore how to live with others, especially those of other cultures and social classes. Niwa has performed works in Britain, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, and Slovakia. In addition to his performance work, Niwa is a curator and festival organizer. Niwa is currently coordinating an international art festival titled “Artist as Activist” in Tokyo. www.niwa-staff.org

Supported by:

Eco Rom Ambalaje / www.ecoromambalaje.ro
Whirlpool Romania / www.whirlpool.ro
PAVILION | art & culture magazine / www.pavilionmagazine.org

Partner:

National Center for Dance Bucharest / www.cndb.ro

Media Partners:

24FUN
Cotidianul
Alternativ.ro
Feeder.ro

Special thanks to Bucharest Municipality.

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Despite the heavy rain Yoshinori Niwa was trying to fly the kite in Bucharest. Press and locals are watching the performance.

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Alex Balasescu (anthropologist) trying to fly a kite with Yoshinori Niwa.

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Eugen Radescu (co-director Bucharest Biennale) and Dana Porlogea (actress) flying a kite.

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Talk with Dan Perjovschi in his studio.


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