I have somewhere heard of “Gotai Tochi”, one of the Buddhism services where one lies face down and then fully stretches his/hers arms and legs on the ground to express his absolute devotion.
This work is inspired by the “Gotai Tochi” and designed so as to carefully observe things occurred between one’s body and the ground in way of actually throwing my own body onto the ground and then trying to detect (with all of my sensory organs) everything that I can feel through that act.
Each of the “circles” in the work has the exact same diameter as the length from your fingertip to tiptoe when you lie face down on the ground. By throwing your body onto the ground, you could realize not only a variety of information from the ground (hardness/temperature of soil, smell of cut grass, noise of someone’s steps…) but also the existence of your body (your throbbing heart & vessel, breathing, oppressed organs, blood flood…) as a reflection to feeling the ground.
The work is designed to measure (invisible) objects between you and the ground and equally to rediscover the existence of your body.
「TAKEO DESK DIARY2008 紙と言葉の十二宮」に作品掲載。
Published in “TAKEO DESK DIARY”/ Published by TAKEO Co.,Ltd.
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