In this stunning performance-installation, Japanese artist Shiro Takatani’s meditation on silence unfolds in an exquisite multimedia staging, along with music by world-renowned composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
An endless veil of water overwhelms the stage. Cutlery, books and glasses, suspended in the air, free fall in slow motion. Voluminous swaths of black are cast against luminous human figures awaiting dinner. Thus, the arresting scenes of Shiro Takatani’s performance-installation ST/LL unfold with deliberate and mysterious precision.
A founding member of artist collective Dumb Type, Takatani has been hailed for his inventive use of the media arts for the contemporary stage. With ST/LL, he transports audiences to a hypnotic stage – an exquisite mix of multimedia mirages, edgy lighting and sonic textures – where time and perception are stretched to their very limits.
Performed to rapt audiences in Europe, Tokyo and Taiwan, the sensory pleasures of ST/LL are further savoured with an ambient score by world-renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto – Takatani’s long-time collaborator – and fellow composers Marihiko Hara and Takuya Minami.
Supple, surprising, and filled with symbolism, ST/LL’s shape-shifting scenes and playful visual subversion will remain etched in your mind, long after the curtains fall.
(Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue)