Mika Tajima Wants to Hire Contortionists

How do you activate a white cube gallery space? In this film, artist Mika Tajima works with two amateur contortionists to create a series of dance-like movements that respond to her sculptural installation of re-purposed vintage office cubicles and ergonomic chairs. The performance is the culmination of a long and delicate exchange between the artist and her multiple collaborators, with Tajima proposing the idea to her gallery over the phone and months later directing the performers to improvise a series of a poses only hours before the event. Beginning with simple positions, the contortionists' bodies begin to take on striking shapes as music by Tajima's music collective New Humans asserts a steady rhythm.

Mika Tajima (b. 1975, Los Angeles, California, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

CREDITS | “New York Close Up” Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Editor: Mary Ann Toman. Cinematography: Jarred Alterman & Andrew David Watson. Key Grip: John Marton. Sound: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Production Assistant: Paulina V. Ahlstrom, Don Edler & Maren Miller. Design: Open. Artwork: Mika Tajima. Music: New Humans. Thanks: Christopher Bousquet, Howie Chen & Tony Mitchell. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2011. All rights reserved.