Performance in Print: Channeling Tōmatsu Shōmei’s NO.541

Ross, J. and Stojkovic, J. 2018. Performance in Print: Channeling Tōmatsu Shōmei’s NO.541. Photography and Culture. 11 (2), pp. 181-196. doi:10.1080/17514517.2018.1467087

TitlePerformance in Print: Channeling Tōmatsu Shōmei’s NO.541
TypeJournal article
AuthorsRoss, J. and Stojkovic, J.
Abstract

At 1 p.m. on 6 February 1971, eight “actors,” a reporter, and a cameraman entered a space at an undisclosed location with the intention of spending 24 hours together. They did not belong to a single artistic group and some of them had never met before. Tomatsu Shomei’s photographic record of this event appeared in the spring 1971 issue of the magazine Kikan shashin eizo accompanied by sections from a transcript of the tape recording. The images and the text – jointly titled NO.541 – offer fragmented glimpses into the situations and conversations unfolding in the room and also function with and against each other, as in a dialogue. We continue this dialogue in the writing up of major themes contextualizing the performing and recording of this work: the space, the magazine page, and the body. We imagine ourselves in NO.541 and enact this intermingling of space-times by reproducing not only some of Tomatsu’s photographs but also parts of the transcript in translation. Joining the conversation, we adopt some of the main strategies of the image-text, such as fragmentation, improvisation, and refusal of any singularity. Woman C and Man G take on the role of mediums, channeling, for instance, a possible future re-enactment instead of producing a conclusive account of the event.

KeywordsPhotography
Performance
JournalPhotography and Culture
Journal citation11 (2), pp. 181-196
ISSN1751-4517
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17514517.2018.1467087
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/jnrQszrxD5bcHnZRFZFZ/full?target=10.1080/17514517.2018.1467087
Publication dates
Published online15 Feb 2019
Published in printJul 2018

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