1993 the poor boys enterprise (a group of well known viennese architects) collect 97 WORN OUT CHAIRS in the streets of NYC. They send them by ship to Vienna. I picked 14 out of those 97 chairs and took them with me to TOKYO. Escaping their fate they were sent on a journey. In Tokyo i „made use“ of the chairs. After the performance I sent them back to where they had come from. Somewhere in the streets of NYC I set them out – after more then three years of travelling they had to face their original fate.
In the first part of the performance I set up the chairs – lined up in a row – at different locations in TOKYO and asked HOMELESS, MANAGERS, male and female HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS to have a seat as mono-groups. In the 2nd part of the performance I tried to find people, who for some reason matched an individual chair and invited them to my studio. Each individualwas imtroduced to his/her chair and used it for a brief moment – a fleeting encounter. Before doing so I asked them to take off their clothes while in contact with the chair. Nude the human being is most vulnerable – just as those 14 CHAIRS who have survived a certain period of time and show all the scars of their existence.
12 min, limited edition
tokyo / new york / vienna 1996
first shown at DOCUMENTA X (curator catherine david)
with yukie shimura, housewife / kyoske tsunoda, business executive / akiko noguchi, fashion designer / aki kakegawa, bartender / yuko yamazaki, sales girl / junichi yuzaka, writer / izumi oigo, elevator girl / gen kitano / kenji ishikawa, pianist / ekuko sasaki, shop owner / tomoko nishiuchi, student / nobuyoshi asano, sculptor / masaki tokimori, athlete / hiroko uemura, maiko=geisha to be
organizer: yukika kudo