The Body of Globalization/Brazil, Kafka, Deleuze

Tadashi Uchino

The body is under siege. In the midst of being under siege, unable to go against the power exercised by body parts from multiple directions, the body is but at their mercy. The act of understanding the power of besieging in its entirety under the popular term “globalization” may perhaps be a bad habit of critics. Even so, it may be more productive than simplifying the power of both Sara and the choreographer Ercole simply being women as “the gaze of men.” No, perhaps it is possible to be slightly more assertive in using that kind of term to talk of the body. This is because I had witnessed the same “critical body” here in Japan at the same time as Sara.

It was last November, at the solo performance of the Butoh artist Ko Murobushi at die pratze in Kagurazaka, Tokyo. Murobushi's performance was shown with a body that had the same assembly of body parts as Sara. The body, using various unidentifiable external powers, writhed on the floor, and the head soundedly hit the floor and wall over and over again. And Murobushi's face remained in the state of vacancy. Here, one must not come to think of it as a masterful body of virtuosso that manipulates itself freely. I believe that there is a connection to the fact that Murobushi had stayed in France for an extensive time, and have traveled around from Brazil to various places all over the world. In other words, to travel is to constantly provide the possibility of encountering the space that is “near capitalism.”

Even with the process of history called “globalization,” if even one step is taken away from the “place called J” that is being concealed almost entirely, artists that have yet to possess talent intuitively feel the state of the body in that very process of history and translate it to their own expressions. As I stayed in Sao Paulo while thinking of such things and feeling a helpless sense of incompetency, carving the “now and here” into “history” within various respective categories, I could feel a brief moment of happiness in having encountered certain people within their territory.

(An excerpt from “The Body of Globalization/Brazil, Kafka, Deleuze”) Tosho Shinbun 9/15/2001

September 15, 2001
“Tosho shinbun”

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