Shimabuku creates the conditions for poetic scripts, documenting their gestation as well as their realization. His events, which are performances, sometimes absurd, sometimes weird, make it possible to renew the intensity of the gaze we bring to bear on the contemporary world, its marvellous quirks but also the violence and arbitrary nature of its social transactions. Often the result of impromptu encounters, his trajectories branch off in many directions. At the Grand Parc Miribel-Jonage, Shimabuku proposes to metaphorically turn the world upside down by transforming the sky into a landscape.
Cuban Samba (Remix), 2016
I’m Wishing, 2008
Shimabuku’s works are “rabbit holes” to a world without frontiers or gravity, where octopuses fly beside pigeons, and mer-people from the ocean depths meet the humans who walk the planet’s surface. A world where everyone has a place; a world where the poetry present in all things makes anything possible. Cuban Samba (Remix) is inspired by a leak in an exhibition space in Havana: empty tins were placed to catch the drips, and the resulting rhythm resembles a samba. This chance encounter of water and tin prompted a zany, surrealist video, after which Shimabuku travelled to Brazil to invite musicians Kassin and Arto Lindsay to produce a remix. Shimabuku creates the conditions for poetic scenarios, documenting their genesis and material production. His performative, sometimes absurd or whimsical interventions refresh our perspective on the wonderful weirdness of the contemporary scene. Cuban Samba (Remix) presents the original video and a portrait of the musicians during their performance, like a fine thread connecting Cuba and Brazil. Two other videos by the artist are also being shown: Tranquilo and I’m Wishing, in which we see Kassin swimming underwater, encountering submarine fauna and flora in an ocean of sound, to the rhythms of his own music.
Let's make cows fly, 2017
Shimabuku is an artist who travels the world in search of unusual encounters. Reconnecting with a transgressive Situationist aesthetic, he studied in Osaka and San Francisco before journeying through port cities worldwide, in Japan, Brazil, France, the Netherlands and the US. Shimabuku experiments with a range of possible interactions with the living world, pushing at its physical and imagined boundaries. His works create the conditions for poetic scenarios, documenting their genesis and material production. His performative, sometimes absurd or whimsical interventions refresh our perspective on the contemporary scene, which his works often seek to turn quite literally upside-down. Let’s Make Cows Fly is a performance of cow-shaped kites inspired by the artist’s visit to Lyon’s Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, as artist-in-residence for Veduta/the Lyon Biennale. Surprised by the presence of the region’s Aubrac and Pie Noir cattle in a park better known as a recreational amenity, Shimabuku invites volunteer members of the public to “fly cows” for an afternoon, in a poetic installation conceived as a comic reversal of the conventional order.
Let’s Make Cows Fly continues Shimabuku’s experimental work with kites (When Sky Was Sea or Flying Me), evoking childhood imagination and “floating objects” in the history art, from Magritte to Hans Richter.