HAPPENINGText: Yasuharu Motomiya

Following Sal Vanilla, a turntablist Daito Manabe presented a startling performance. Having a turntable as its interface, sounds and visuals programmed with Max/Msp/Jitter covered all over the hall randomly. He finally ended the performance with vibrations and high-frequency sounds like a storm. The vibrations were enough strong to remain inside of a body awhile.

The white balance beam, being set from the beginning of the entire event and appealing its existence even during the two audio visual performances, was finally in a live show of “interval” by Sal Vanilla. As the show was proceeding, five performers, the balance beam, visuals reflected all over the wall, and sounds from speakers imperceptibly came together and were changing the space itself gradually. Although there was some common thing between Inter/Action held in the last year, Super Deluxe, the stage which took advantage of a characteristic of space, and its separation from the audience provided other form to get an experience of communicating between the presentation of visuals, performers, and sounds. This made characteristics of Vanilla Sports outstanding.

The whole event had a dense content. It seemed like there was almost no borders among an impression from a weird oneness which seems to lack an oneness, contemporary art, club culture, technology, performing art, and etc. This condensed event was very symbol of a city, Tokyo. It had energy that gets forward one possibility of media art which has currently been going forward.On June 30th, the next event as Vanilla Sports Vol. 02 will be held. We cannot take eyes off from it.

Vanilla Sports Vol.01
Date: May 13th, 2005
Open: 19:00 – 24:00
Place: Super Deluxe
Address: B1F, 3-1-25 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Entrance fee: 2,500 yen with one free drink
Tel: +81 (0)3 3710 5344 (Vanilla Fish)

Text: Yasuharu Motomiya
Translation: Fumika Sugimoto
Photos: PAS Photography

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