performance with Brian Patterson
"Ryouiki no Yukiki"; Someth;ng Studios; London, England. 2006
On March 14 in Japan and nearby regions, gifts are reciprocated to those who had given you a gift (to whom you had not given a gift) on Valentine’s Day. “White day” is, in essence, “Unrequited Love Day”.
It is exactly a month after Valentine’s Day. The Irish artist, Brian Patterson, came to London from Belfast to perform a piece with me. Seeing as it was White Day, we reflected that the “misses” in love occur far more frequently than the “hits”. We sit facing each other, hands outstretched, with one person’s downward-facing palms a few inches above the other person’s upward-facing palms. We attempt to play the child’s game of “bottoms-slap-tops” with our eyes closed. Meanwhile, we simultaneously list the “misses” in our own lives - those we loved who did not love us, and those who loved us whom we did not love – stating the name of the person, year, and location where it had taken place. Whenever either of our hands get hit (by pure chance), we stop speaking, open our eyes, and engage in a staring contest. When one person or the other blinks, the blind hand-slapping game resumes.
photos by: Yago Tomoyuki