Formed in 2009, hyslom consists of Itaru Kato, Fuminori Hoshino, and Yuu Yoshida. The periodic exploration of developed land and encounters with people and objects there, as well as a sense of incongruity resulting from these experiences, serve as a basis for their artistic expression. hyslom turns “field-play”, their method for physically and playfully experiencing a given environment, into video, photography, and performative artwork. The group further develops the memories of “field-play” into a wide array of other media, including sculpture, theatre, and film. In collaboration with Hideo Nin, a well-known figure in the world of racing pigeons, hyslom became a member of the Japan Racing Pigeon Association under the name Nin-hyslom Hatosha (Nin-hyslom Pigeon Home), in 2015. hyslom also organizes workshops and exhibitions related to racing pigeons, thus gradually merging the roles of care takers and artists.
Their residency at U–jazdowski followed their previous research visits (in 2016 and 2017) devoted to exploring the power that human body, as well as that of an animal, plant or a bird, gains in relation to the elements. At a slow pace and mindful towards the environment translated through bodily experience, hyslom followed the Vistula river towards the sea, worked in Ursus alongside builders of the gaff schooner “Ojciec Bogusław”, and returned by land to Japan. The “field-play” exploring the dynamic between various kinds of selves has taken shape in these different activities of hyslom in Poland and it was documented and presented in the exhibition Itte kaette: Back and forth at U–jazdowski in December 2019.
- Anna Ptak, Anna Czaban