This weekend I went to Yokohama triennale. Exhibitions in Japan tend to be disappointing so I kept my expectations low. So compared to the previous triennale, the overall quality improved in my opinion. There were quite big names like Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson, but definitely the highlight was Ragnar Kjartansson’s the Visitors. It’s composed of 9 screens. They show musicians/artists playing the same music in different rooms separately. They all wear headphones and solely rely on what they hear through the headphones. I felt somehow there were similarities between the this performance and simultaneous interpreting. We need to rely on and follow what we hear when we interpret simultaneously. As the music doesn’t wait, speakers we interpret for don’t wait for us. We have to do what we can do following our instinct in the moment.
The video installation was definitely one of the greatest artworks that I have seen recently. You can immerse yourself in the situation thanks to the huge 9 screens. The experience was calming and somehow meditative. It felt like that a universe created by the 9 screens would extend forever.
It’s hard to navigate Yokohama Triennale’s website, but Kjartansson’s work is displayed in the Yokohama Red Rrick Warehouse 1.