Spellbound is a film project directed by Ulrike Kaffei. For this project she asked me to build an installation that could represent the connection that is formed between rigger and model while they are tying.
Installation and photos by me
This installation was made with help from Chen Sumrith and Christi Ra.
Installed as a commission on private land in Washington. My second permanent installation.
This installation was created for Jason Stark
With help from Lyly Tran
Installed as a commission on private land in Washington. My first permanent installation.
This installation was created for Jason Stark
With help from Lyly Tran
For Burning Man 2018 I founded a theme camp named Swoon✨ We were placed at 6:00 and I, the 6 o’clock plaza in Avant Yard village. It was conceived as a home for the members of the Shibari Sanctuary who wanted to return to Burning Man. It was described very shortly as an orgy without the expectation of penetration. It was a naked space of rope, light, mirrors, softness, and of course love.
We offered workshops from an introduction to rope bondage, a rope salon, a smell orgy, sound healing, naked breakfast, naked yoga, as well as a consent free zone. We also hosted a super nicely attended Kinbaku perfomance night.
The trend with all our events was that there were more people wanting to attend then there was space in our dome. For some events we had upwards of 5 times too many people and had to get creative to see who could stay and who had to miss out. For the get tied up event we imposed a rule that in order to stay for the event everyone had to be naked 😉
Some of the nicest things about the camp and events we held was that several people told us that the event was the first time they had been naked in a public setting and that they were happy they had and really enjoyed it. For me this was amazing, and exactly the reality I had hoped to create in a place like Burning Man where nudity is still more of an exception then the rule.
Urge was a piece produced for AfrikaBurn 2018. It was conceived to be be a place of intimacy, escape, and quiet in the deepest depths of the Tankwa Town playa.
9km of jute was used.
It was created by:
Benjmain Langholz, Monica Majcher, Jonas Brinkhoff, Yayoi Hara, Lyly Tran, and Almog Winer.
With help from:
Max, Phillip Friedel, Marius Le Roux, Ben Gallmeister, Dilah, Myles Nobbs, and The Little Burn Elves
Would not have been possible without:
Monique Szeiss, Isa Marques, and Alex Marsh
Shibari Sanctuary was an exploration and celebration of natural highs. It took the shape of a 20 foot tall mountain made of 11 miles of rope. It had a womb like interior where people could relax and where we hosted performances. I lead this project at Burning Man 2017 and it was made possible with the help of a grant from the Black Rock City Honorarium program as well as crowdfunding from an Indiegogo campaign. Shibari Sanctuary was a collaboration with my teacher Kinoko Hajime, and involved the help of an amazing team of up to 30 people at some points of the project.
The structure elements took 4 days to put in place with a small team. The rope took 27 consecutive hours to tie in order to finish by sunrise of the event.
We hosted 3 performance nights as well as a burn on Friday evening.
I was the lead artists, project manager, build lead, burn coordinator, camp manager for 13 people coming from around the world many of whom speak limited english. Lyly Tran was the second brain of the project. Shibari Sanctuary would not have been possible without the help of many amazing people both on and off Playa.
Ayumi LaNoire — Perfectly timed translation.
Chandra Lynn Zas — Early conspirator, longterm consultation and encouragement, people connector, and of course camp manager.
Lyly Tran — Second brain, maximum enthusiasm, poop coordinator.
Bryce Neuman — Super early engineering help.
Jeremy Crandell — Burning Man Project Manager, question answerer.
ASS man Ben — Art Support Services contact.
Maki Oshita — Japan team Burning Man education, translation, taiko, tickets, people connector.
Ali lahijanian & Selinda Martinez of RBHU — Structural engineering design and spec to Burning Man's requirements, Playa building knowledge, question answerers.
Katie Hazard — Burning Man FAST burn coordinator
Model: Sonia Wu
For Midburn 2017 I built an installation in the deep playa titled "Bound in Complexity". While I originally thought it would be a place to share Kinbaku with Isreal it quickly became clear it was something else. This installation was a magical little space that felt warm and safe and where many Midburn's found intimacy together.
Made with help from Monica
At Beit Kandinof in Tel Aviv i transormed their space into a temple of rope.
I love to create and show my work in public. In places where it's unexpected and sometimes uninvited. When I arrived in Paris I felt such a strong negative atmosphere that instantly I felt I would not be able to make my work here. There are police everywhere. Guards with huge guns. On the metro everyone's expression is guarded and everyone is holding their ground. A single photo being taken sparked a 20 minute debate between an old man, homeless man, and young boy. Where while I couldn't understand most of what was being said, terrorist was mentioned several times.
So when I happened to walk into the empty 59 Rivoli gallery with Yumi it felt so obvious to us that this was a space that should be filled. Having a glass wall between me an Paris seemed necessary in order to create work. I never imagined we would be allowed but to my amazement we were given permission at 3:00 and were told to have the gallery clean again by 8:00. This created the adventure perfect for what I like to make. Something ephemeral. If you're there you get to see it. If not, too bad. I first tied a network in the background to create a bound environment. I tied and suspended a few simple shapes to give the network life and movement even without a human in it. This also demonstrates the strength of the network and of the rope so the shock of seeing a human added to it is somewhat lessened. Once it was dark I began to tie. Outside a crowd was forming, but inside there was no sound other then a Skype conversation happening somewhere upstairs. The atmosphere felt very different. Yumi came in from outside to tell me to kiss Poppy. She thought people watching were very tense and even though I had chosen positions that were very easy and more beautiful then brutal they needed reassurance that this was consensual and okay.
Kinbaku, Japanese rope bondage has the power to give someone the most profound natural high. This feeling is so important to share with people, it shows them a little bit of magic in themselves and in the world. My goal is to share this magic with as many people in the world as possible. Thank you to59 Rivoli for letting me share with people on the streets of Paris. And thank you Hajime Kinoko my teacher for giving me a medium to express myself in.
Models: Yumi and Hinako
Made with help from Yumi