Yoi Kawakubo

The God of the Labyrinth

Yamamoto Keiko Rocheix, London

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Yoi Kawakubo
The God of the Labyrinth
15 min 15 s
Format & Technical

Single channel video with stereo sound
Edition of 5 + AP

The story takes place in a near future, and told in first person by a clone/android whose mission is to colonise planets and prepare them to receive the humans who created him. Soon after his arrival at one of the planets, he realices that there is life there, and begins exterminating all the specimens when he discovers a message coded in the DNA of the of the living creatures of the planet. As he continues deciphering the mysterious code, he commences tu unearth an incredible story. The message was creates millions of years ago by one of his peer colonising clone/androids and addressed to him, containing the truth about his own origins and history of the planet.

Yoi Kawakubo is fascinated by the vertiginous sensation that occurs when turning from a point of view to another in a fast and extreme manner. This shift could be temporal, as when witnessing and dealing with deep time history while gazing at the stars million-light-years away; or intellectial, as when established sets of values, like economic, ethical or social values are shaken. His aim is to share this paradoxical and ungraspable experience with the viewer through the installation of works from a varied practice that ranges from large format landscape photography to perfume making, including sound installations, cocktail recipes, wall polishing or texts. As a result, his work is built from a specific context that stands as a starting point from where he begins to explore and question preconceptions about human identity, cognition processes or economic, intelectual and social values. Thus, disparate combination of themes such as the structures of financial markets, Spanish colonial history and Greek mythology, or nuclear energy consciousness and genetic identity are some of the important issues that arise in Kawakubo’s work, like tips of an iceberg. By placing these seemingly disparate territoires on a new context, Kawakubo seeks to connect them through his own physical practice and establish a new vision of the world, one that is at the same time personal and universal.