The goal of this workshop is to understand this concept of the artist duo Arakawa+Gins experientially, through a living body. Arakawa+Gins, viewing architecture as an extension of the body, created numerous experimental works, including the Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro Park (1995) and the Reversible Destiny Loft Mitaka (2005), both in Japan. While various experience-based workshops have helped visitors better understand the artists’ essential ideas in these specific architectural settings, this workshop attempts a possible range of the extended living body by inserting the material medium between a body and a setting. In this workshop, one’s skeletal framework is extended with tools and takes on a structure that is part of both space and body. The body-space collaborative movement holds the potential of constructing an unexpected creation—an Architectural Body.
Mariko Kida is an internationally acclaimed dancer who has worked professionally with dance companies in Canada and Sweden, most notably with The Royal Swedish Ballet as a principal dancer. Kida received the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse and 42th Premio Positano Danza Léonide Massine in 2014. She became a freelance artist in 2016 to dance for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as a guest dancer, and in 2018 featured Neon Dance’s production “Puzzle Creature". Kida is currently associate professor at Professional College of Arts and Tourism in Hyogo prefecture, Japan.