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2-channel video installation

1 minutes 20 seconds, color

Dimensions variable


Edward T. Hall, an anthropologist, proposed the concepts “high context” and “low context” in his book Beyond Culture, thereby citing Japan as a typical example of a “high context” society and the USA as a typical example of a “low context” society. In the Japanese society, the cultural context (message behind explicit/verbal message, background) has been shared in advance to a higher degree, contributing to reducing the volume of information needed for communication. In multi-cultural or multi-ethnic societies like the USA, on the other hand, the context shared is not simple, thus requiring a larger volume of information for communication.

Having said so, Hall points out that a “high context” society should be set as a goal if we desire to achieve social stability and smooth human relationships. A “high context” society can save the time and labor needed for communication thanks to prior “agreements” among its members. It, however, involves the risk of weakening the relationship between communities not sharing such “agreements.” A closed community is more likely to arise from a “high context” society.

Placing two different forms of communication into contrast (sign language vs verbal speech), this product argues about the possibility and impossibility of communication not based on diverse prior “agreements” and poses questions about the way of such communication.

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1 分 20 秒, カラー, サイズ可変




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