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Relational Boxing


Video 6'35"
2017

This time I performed a ritual which was achieved by all participating artists and working staffs of the residence. What I first sought for through that was a sense of solidarity with them. I was bewildered not only by communication with new persons but also differences of custom, thought or culture. Each had also this problem at the residency, and therefore I tried to see how the rituals are performed and experienced in the true sense in our secular age based on a group activity with which we could overcome the problem.

I discussed the way of realization of the ritual with them, made a heptagonal boxing ring and held a workshop that three of us can box in the ring formed by seven persons. This was because I had gave my attention to the characteristic of martial arts that would be, so to speak, a catalyst which could prompt to build a successful relationship since I made collaborative efforts in the performance 'Kodex Combat' with an acquaintance. At the Relational boxing, there were no rules and the ring was just given to express oneself. And there were no viewers, all who happened to be there were participants who were directly involved with all changes of the fight or the space. As fights would bring not little changes or turning points, I expected that the all changes there paradoxically could attract the fight as the catalyst. Moreover I put special emphasis on what the participants were a part of the singularity or site specificity and they stood in the center of the interaction. In that manner I mentioned about certainty, like time has never stopped and always brought changes, and the reason why we avoid fight at all cost and yet we seek it instinctively.

 
リレーショナルボクシング, 2017

 私は元ボクサーである友人との交流を経て、彼と共にこのパフォーマンスを行った。
 彼は育った環境と仕事の都合で紛争地域にいたため、長年複合的なトラウマに苦しんでいた。特に彼は対人関係や身体の接触を恐れ、それゆえ家族であっても反射的に殴ってしまうことがあった。私は彼の挙動を警戒するあまり心の距離を縮めることができなかったが、悩みを打ち明けられて以降、それを諦められずにいた。
 ある時私は、彼が大勢に見られる中でボクシングに従事してきたことを知り、ボクシングに基づいて彼と信頼関係を築くことを思いついた。私はそのための活動を「C(K)odex Combat (=社会における語られない振る舞いの規則に基づいた闘い)」と名付け、手を拘束した状態で行うボクシングとして発展させた(パフォーマンス:
コデックス コンバット)。そして、スポーツマンシップが象徴する公平さを保つ感覚だけをルールとして、勝敗の有無や決定方法をあらかじめ明らかにすることなく行った。
 コデックスが曖昧であるゆえの制限度は、彼がその条件によってパニックに陥る危険をわざわざ犯しながら、それでも当たり前に回避することを包括し、互いを信頼した上で不規則的に発揮されるものであった。

 

 

 

 

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Drawing for Maya's ’Relational Boxing’, 30x42 cm, water color, pastel. 2017

 

 

      

Left: drawing by Deken Kodeak, social hierarchies and mathematical thought in Maya
Right: drawing by Adrian Gomez

 

 

Reference:

Maya civilization -Wiki
www.Maya-Archaeology.org
Ancient-Symbols.com

 

 


Photo by Alejandro Piña Godoy

 

 

 

 

Relational Boxing Practice at Cantera

 

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