Thursday, December 10, 2009

Complaint Choir

Artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen came to Tokyo in November 2009 to facilitate their final Complaints Choir. A video exhibition of the Complaints Choir project will be shown at the Mori Museum of Art from November 28th. In this interview by Yelena Gluzman, Tellervo and Oliver talk about past projects and what drives them to make works with, and about, people. From NYTimes:
Life in Tokyo, as everywhere else in the world, is annoying and unfair. The good men are all married. Co-workers clip their fingernails at their desks. Laundry comes back from the cleaners still dirty. Society is too competitive. It is impossible to get enough sleep....People spend so much energy complaining, they reasoned, so why not harness all that energy into something positive?