GRAFT (2014, 20min, Spring Loaded commission,The Place)

Mamoru Iriguchi: Concept, Design, Performance

Nikki Tomlinson: Dramaturgy

Selina Papoutseli: Dramaturgy

Nao Nagai Technical Supervision 

supported by The Place and Artsadmin

Brief description: 

GRAFT explores shifting landscape of body and space through displacement of body parts. With seven laptops placed on stage, Mamoru finds himself in the world that is sinking into the sea of coffee he has spilt in the previous night. Mamoru’s body parts get gradually sucked into the computer screens, leaving him conceptually invisible at the end.

Review extracts:

Toying with the boundaries in multimedia, using digital imageries both as a means of critiquing tired ideas and as a way of escaping them, Iriguchi is constantly physicalizing the digital.

(Amelia Forsbrook, Exeunt Magazine ★ ★ ★)

Gradually, through ingenious interactions with the computers, Mamoru poetically abandons his body parts in the computer screens in order to become bodiless and explore the freedom of endless possibilities.”

(Sofia Moura, Theatre Fullstop)

“GRAFT... makes superbly clever use of eight laptops spread across the stage”

(Elke Wiebalck, Everything Theatre ★ ★ ★)

Performance History:

The Place (London), pad (Mainz, Germany)


photo: Julia Bauer

photo: Julia Bauer

photo: Julia Bauer

photo: Julia Bauer