​sue webster and tim noble present hair with bo ningen during frieze

The Japanese band and British artists will recreate the piece conceived at the 2011 Venice Biennale that was last shown at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown in 2013 for Inside Outside Underground festival.

by Charlotte Gush
10 October 2015, 2:35pm

Bo Ningen have the best hair in music. Their long, flowing, jet-black Japanese locks inspired British artists Sue Webster and Tim Noble to create "hair portraits" of the four band members, an idea that developed into an animation that is shown while the band perform, titled HAIR.

First conceived at the 2011 Venice Biennale and CPH PIX festival in 2012, HAIR was performed at Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival in 2013 and will be recreated during Frieze Art Fair this year at Inside Outside Underground (IOU) festival.

"I first saw Bo Ningen by accident at the Shoreditch 1-2-3-4 festival back in 2010. I had never seen anything like it -- four Japanese gentlemen with hair down to their knees who played guitars with their teeth, naturally I was mesmerised," artist Sue Webster says in a release about IOU Festival. "After interviewing them for the music paper Beat, I spent the next few weeks plucking long black hairs from the back of my sofa… this induced Tim and I to make 'hair portraits' of each member of the band, which metamorphosed itself perfectly into the idea of creating an animation made entirely from their hair," she explains.

The HAIR animation will be shown as part of Bo Ningen's appearance at IOU, where acts have been chosen "for their distinctive performative stance and how they choose to represent and identify themselves through their dress and style" by curator Anna McCloy.

"In recent years we have become accustomed to the never ending high speed assimilation of subculture and underground club and creative culture into the mainstream," McCloy continues, "Inside Outside Underground was conceived in an effort to challenge the acceptable norms of the conventional scene and provide a space for the idiosyncratic and the avant-garde while simultaneously exposing the diversity of artists from East London on a local and International level, from the extremes of The Venice Biennale to the darkroom at Central Station".

Other acts on the bill are No Bra -- known for her topless, moustachioed performances, Class War AKA Adam Clifford, Wild Daughter, Winnie the Poof and Luis Drayton, from the infamous 'tranny punk band' Six Inch Killaz. The two day festival is not to be missed.

Inside Outside Underground is at Red Gallery 15 - 16 October.

Bo Ningen
Tim Noble
Sue Webster
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