The Material Moment 物質瞬間
2017/9/9 18:30 at Hirozakari Sake Brewery
( Performance view of The Material Moment, NAKANOJO BIENNALE, 2017 )
A collaboration between Dominique Baron-Bonarjee and Chaong Wen Ting
Sound design by Simon Whetham
A meeting of non-human subjectivities and the living body, through the relationship of spirit and matter, in the installation "Space Between". Chaong Wen’s focus on materials, such as concrete, water, glass, animal skulls, plastic and light form a passageway of elements that Dominique inhabits as live presence. Seeking an embodied encounter with the inanimate materials through the material of the human body, she develops a ritual that dwells on the imperceptible interactions that weave a network of co-existence between all things. Partly inspired by the practices of the Yamabushi monks of the Shugendo cult, whose long pilgrimages through sites of deep nature are a way towards connecting to vaster cycles of existence.
With a multi-disciplinary approach in her art and performance practice, Dominique creates powerful images that disturb structures of society and identity and explore the gaps in between. The body’s interaction with its surroundings is the starting point of her practice. She employs techniques that lead to deep listening and from this, develops connections through various means and media.
Her journeys are a conscious way to address outsider identities as an artist. Being from a mixed background, Indian and French and growing up in Europe and Africa, her references are varied, pushing her to constantly question the concept of ‘otherness’ within her own experience of the unknown. This unknown for her becomes a way to dismantle the ‘taken for granted’ aspect of things. Her present research is concerned with notions of (self) consciousness and the relationship to time and value.
Dominique is based between London and Berlin and has presented work internationally in France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland,USA, Armenia, India and Zimbabwe. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths University of London.