Shaun Gladwell

(Australia 1972 – )

Yokohama Untitled

Location
Not on display
Further information

This video embodies Gladwell's core practice: slowed recordings of urban subcultural practitioners occupying public space in unexpected ways. Young people balance their bodies with extreme skill to undertake physically complex interactions with the zones in which they are situated – metro stations, shopping malls, retail outlets.

In 'Yokohama Untitled' four Japanese break dancers are filmed in urban public spaces – performing in turn in a metro carriage, a shopping arcade, a metro platform and a department store. As Blair French has written, "Dressed in uber-chic streetwear they lope along in languid rhythms, trailed by the camera, every so often breaking into a set of spellbinding moves that lay claim to space, asserting presence and identity within otherwise everyday, almost homogenous environments" [Blair French (ed.), 'Shaun Gladwell: videowork', Artspace, Sydney 2007, pg. 9]. It can be added that the dancers do this with extreme grace and physical prowess.

Place of origin
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Year
2005
Media
Time-based media, DVD, Video
Medium
single-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, stereo sound,19:20 min
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Signature & date
Signed Certificate of Authenticity lower c., black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell".
Credit
Gift of Amanda Love 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
214.2011.1
Copyright
© Shaun Gladwell