More than 50.000 keys, collected around the world and suspended from a densely woven network of spidery red threads covering the ceiling and walls – Chiharu Shiota’s recent installation at the Japan Pavilion of the Venice Biennial received international acclaim. The Japanese artist is known for her haunting images as well as for her monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. Central to the artist’s work are themes owed to the powers of time: remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, anxieties and traces of things past.
For the concert performance “alif::split in the wall”, Shiota has created a new work that can also be visited as an independent space installation. The materials she makes use of evoke associations with the body, the clinical and prosthetic. An impressive network of catheters, pulsating with purple red liquid, will go through and around the concert space, rendering Radialsystem V into a living yet sterile organism.