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Title

Yokohama Untitled

2005


Artist

Shaun Gladwell

Australia

1972 -


About

This video embodies Gladwell's core practice: slowed recordings of urban subcultural practitioners occupying public space in unexpected ways. Young people balance their bodies with extreme skill to undertake physically complex interactions with the zones in which they are situated – metro stations, shopping malls, retail outlets.

In 'Yokohama Untitled' four Japanese break dancers are filmed in urban public spaces – performing in turn in a metro carriage, a shopping arcade, a metro platform and a department store. As Blair French has written, "Dressed in uber-chic streetwear they lope along in languid rhythms, trailed by the camera, every so often breaking into a set of spellbinding moves that lay claim to space, asserting presence and identity within otherwise everyday, almost homogenous environments" [Blair French (ed.), 'Shaun Gladwell: videowork', Artspace, Sydney 2007, pg. 9]. It can be added that the dancers do this with extreme grace and physical prowess.


Details


Place where the work was made

Yokohama Kanagawa Japan


Date

2005


Materials used

single-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, stereo sound, 19:20 min


Edition

2/4


Dimensions

dimensions variable


Signature & date

Signed Certificate of Authenticity lower c., black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell".


Credit

Gift of Amanda Love 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

214.2011.1


Artist information

Shaun Gladwell

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


David Broker, Streetworks: inside outside Yokohama, Streetworks- inside outside Yokohama', pg. 9-17, Parkville, 2005, 15, 26-27 (colour illus., video still), 35.

Blair French, Shaun Gladwell: videowork, ‘Return to earth’, pg. 8-31, 2007, 9, 17, 23, 26, 36, 42, 89 (colour illus.), 109.