Past Future Perfect (2018)

A : Post Future Perfect A Science Fiction Puppetry focusing on the parallel mechanism between ventriloquism and (loud)speakers to attempt the impossible feat of re-enacting the future [ February 17, 2018 | 7:30 PM | blanClass (4-12-16 Minami-ota, Minami-ku, Yokohama 232-0006) Presented as part of the Tokyo Performance Art Meeting festival ] Announcements are made in advance to set a future as an extension of the present. However, "Post Future Perfect" refers to a time after a future as an extension of the present has been perfected. Two days after perfecting "Post Future Perfect" at blanClass we would have begun our artist-in-residency in Kinosaki to work on a project titled “Past Future Perfect.” Therefore, in "Post Future Perfect” we would have sought to re-stage, ahead of its time, a project that would only have been produced after the future set forth by this announcement had been perfected.
B : Past Future Perfect A two-week residency exploring the peculiar temporality of proposals (those leading to residencies as well as those leading to marriages) all because we did not have a better idea when we submitted our proposal for this residency two years earlier [ February 19-March 4, 2018 | Kinosaki International Art Center (1062 Yushima Kinosaki-cho Toyooka-shi Hyogo 669-6101) ] "Past Future Perfect" would have regarded people’s habits (or "Kuse" in Japanese, a word that encompasses everything from verbal tics, propensity for lying, proneness to being lazy, sexual proclivities, to messy bedheads) as primordial archi-choreographies that register any previous physical contact with the world by biasing the body and mind in particular ways. Working under the hypothesis that one always "proposes" oneself to others through unconscious display of habits, the project would have explored the use, misuse, and abuse of such personal yet inadvertent proposals along with the strange temporalities embedded therein.
 [ WORKSHOP ] Archi-Choreographies: Locating/Dislocating Habits Four workshops organized during our residency for locating and dislocating habits (the archi-choreographies of self) through externalization and dissemination: by making them explicit and spreading them to others. Contrary to ordinary dance workshops, the aim of this workshop was neither to develop nor learn new movement, but to cancel the dance one is already dancing without knowing so. We therefore welcomed anyone interested in trailblazing a different approach to dance and choreography, or anyone who simply wished to stop dancing.
C : Pest Future Perfect A Science Fiction Puppetry focusing on the parallel mechanism between ventriloquism and (loud)speakers to once again attempt the impossible feat of re-enacting the future that would have been now by then [ March 6, 2018 | Mrs.triangle (4-1 Kamiji, Higashinari-ku, Osaka, 537-0003) Curated by Yoshihito Mizuuchi & Pika (Afrirampo, etc) ] An aftermath premiere of the Science Fiction Puppetry we would have already re-enacted three weeks earlier in Yokohama.
Conceived and developed by You Nakai & Kay Festa in collaboration with Zen-Go (Megumi Kamimura & Shinichi Takashima) + special help from Noriko Koshida, Pika (Afrirampo, etc), and Yoshihito Mizuuchi PAST FUTURE PERFECT would have been the umbrella moniker for a tripartite month-long project No Collective developed in Japan with the Tokyo-based performance duo ZEN-GO [Before & After], in addition to the discussions held before and the documentation assembled afterwards. We hoped to develop ways of re-calling a future imagined in a past which would have never become a part of the shared present.

Shanghai, San Diego, Tokyo, and Kinosaki, June 2016-March 2018