(Performance, 60min 2017~)




The “qualia” (sensory qualities) that are ingrained in objects, such as nostalgia, sadness, and tenderness, can be elicited and expanded by choosing how to interact with them.

The movements usually performed in juggling, such as throwing, pinching, dropping, biting, and placing, are an “affordance approach” to objects, as they are based on the “shape” of the object. However, windmills, for example, have qualia (sensory qualities) such as “innocence” and “eeriness,” and there are approaches to things that are conceived from these qualia. A person holding a windmill with both hands and gazing at it as if it were precious could emphasize its “innocence” and “eeriness.

Okamoto, who has been experimenting with ways of interacting with objects through juggling, knows that there is also an action that is “affordantly new, and that also draws out the sensory quality of the object. In the aforementioned windmill example, “innocence” and “eeriness” may be emphasized by the act of “carefully disassembling the wings and arranging the parts,” rather than by the act of holding or staring at the windmill as if it were precious. What Okamoto has cultivated through juggling is a sense of such things. It is simply a matter of superimposing the memory of the object and my memory of it once again from a new perspective.

Direction/Performance : Teruki Okamoto
Production : Room Kids