- VR Performance
- Online participation
Meiro Koizumi is an artist who blends reality and fiction in experimental videos and performances that explore the relationships between the state, the collective, and the individual, as well as the human body and its emotions. Prometheus Bound, his highly-acclaimed virtual reality (VR) theater piece that premiered at Aichi Triennale 2019, created an experience that tore the audience between polarities: virtuality and reality, intoxication and awareness, transcendence and the limitations of physical bodies.
With this new VR piece, Koizumi presents something of a sequel to his previous work. No copy of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Unbound, a follow-up to his play Prometheus Bound written about 2,500 years ago, has survived; we have no way of knowing how it ends, how Prometheus reconciled with Zeus and how he was freed. Koizumi connects this lost play to our pandemic era and reconstructs it as a ritualistic performance that allows multiple audience members to participate in both virtual and physical spaces. How will the participants, sharing a ceremonial experience on the cusp of life and non life, either distance themselves from or conspire with a real-time “dream unbound”?
Koizumi studied at the International Christian University, Tokyo (1996-1999), Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1999-2002), and Rijksakademie vanbeeldend kunsten, Amsterdam (2005-2006).His previous solo exhibitions include “Battlelands” at Pérez Art Museum Miami (2018), “Today my Empire sings” at VACANT, Tokyo (2017), “Trapped Voice Would Dream of Silence” at Arts Maebashi (2015), “Project Series 99: Meiro Koizumi” at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013). He participated in numerous group shows such as, Sharjah Biennale (2019), Shanghai Biennale (2018), and “BMW Tate Live” at Tate Modern, London (2013).
February 17th [Wed]
February 18th [Thu] -21st [Sun]
approx. 30 min.
5F SHIBAURA HOUSE
3-5-14 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0023
How to Participate
In-person participation | Booking essential. Show general admission pass on entry.
– Number of places: 6
Online participation | Please access the event via the link sent upon your reservation.
In-person participation | Japanese
Online participation | Japanese (TBC)
Concept and Direction | Meiro Koizumi
Performers | Nguyen Hong Quan, Phuong Anh Nguyen, Manh Tuong Tran, Minh Nguyen, Le Thi Le Thuy
VR Production | A440 Inc.
Co-operation | Dinh The Trung, Bui Thi Dong
Production | Theater Commons Tokyo, A440 Inc.