Yokomeshi is a Japanese phrase describing the peculiar stress of speaking a foreign language. Additionally, it can describe a meal eaten while speaking a foreign language.
Yokomeshi: a meal eaten sideways is a new performance piece researched and developed in Japan. It explores such issues as consumerism, post-colonial legacies, and late-capitalist malaise through the use of miniatures, dolls, and live-feed video. Presenting a miniature world on a tabletop to be controlled and manipulated by the god-like hands of the performer, Yokomeshi takes the audience on a journey of discovery from the perspective of the foreigner, confronting and interrogating the role of the artist in a globalized world.
I researched and developed the first iteration of this piece as part of my three month residency with AIR 3331
Photos by Melanie Teresa Bohrer