THE HEART IN THE HEAD
4 transparent textile layers
single channel video (5 minutes loop, Color)
Motion graphic/sound: Teppei Ueno
The title has an ambivalence highlighted by the use of English and its “not literal” Japanese translation. Indeed, “The Heart in the Head” is not faithfully translated, but on a semantic level: 心頭 shintou in Japanese is made by ideograms of the heart and head which together mean “inside the heart”.
Western culture, due to Christian influence as well, tends to separate body and spirit, heart and mind, thought and action, while in Japanese culture they are the same. For example, in Japanese when you are talking about someone who has psychological problems 精神的 seishinteki, it refers to the heart (and the spirit as well) but not to the head.
Just recently they introduced the word “mental” メンタル into their vocabulary.
Jean Sadao, therefore, tries in some way to show, or better yet, to scrape away inside this dualism which could be the synthesis of the opposition between West and East, private and public, but also simply instinct and reason. For this purpose, he shows a beating heart which indicates the real nature of human intention, in contrast to daily phrases and exclamations, which express instead a not completely genuine intention as an inevitable consequence of the dynamic social life influenced by today’s world absorbed even more by media and labels.
- Fukafukadom, cross-disciplinary art event, Sound Studio Dom, Koenji, Tokyo, Japan, 24 November 2018