Lovers // Teiji Furuhashi // 1994 // Interactive installation, five-channel video (color, sound), 35mm black-and-white slides, custom software, stepper motors, ultrasonic sensor, metal tower
Walking into Teiji Furuhashi’s immersive installation Lovers, I did not know what to expect. I read the wall label. I knew it was the first time this work had been shown since its 1995 acquisition by MoMA. I cautiously entered the darkened room and waited. Nothing happened for what seemed like a long time, but was probably only thirty seconds to a minute. Then I caught something in the corner of my eye. It was a nude figure walking. As I followed the figure walking, I saw another. And another. They weren’t the same person. They didn’t interact. They didn’t even acknowledge each other. They just kept walking until they faded into the darkness. When visitors enter the room, they activate a sensor which prompts the figures to begin to walk. Teiji Furuhashi was part of the Dumb Type, an art group in Japan and the figures in Lovers are other members of this collective.