Kick the World

Kick the World depicts the act of walking through Miho Bunka Land, a theme park with miniature versions of famous buildings of the world, while kicking an empty cola can, recorded in a single take with a portable video camera. It is one of Nobuhiro Kawanaka’s pieces that combine video and performance with sound (of kicking the can) and image (Kawanaka’s perspective seen through the portable camera) in complete unison. In a text written about this piece, Kawanaka reminisces about playfully kicking around empty cans in his childhood. Part of Japan’s first wave of video art and a member of the artist group Video Hiroba, Kawanaka is mostly known for his production of diary-like films concerned with the everyday life and memories of the individual, while at the same time he continuously explores video’s possibilities as a medium able to facilitate collaborative production.