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Shaun Gladwell

(Australia 1972 – )

Yokohama Untitled
Place of origin
Media categories
Time-based media, DVD, Video
Materials used
single-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, stereo sound,19:20 min

dimensions variable

Signature & date
Signed Certificate of Authenticity lower c., black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell".
Gift of Amanda Love 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
© Shaun Gladwell
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.

Exhibition history (1)

Loveart: the Love collection, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Liverpool Regional Museum, Casula, 03 Dec 2010–20 Feb 2011