• Art of Inspiration

    • Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi perform a simple and symbolic act that embodies the famous saying: ‘the path is made by walking it’.

    ‘Infinity’, artists jog for days forming the symbol of the infinite / 

    Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi are two Japanese artists that met in High school and began working together in 2001. The simple structure of their methodology, which at times is also humoristic, makes seemingly impossible dreams come true, while their work is a condensation of everyday life.

    For the realisation of Infinity, the two jogged non-stop for five days following the pattern of the infinity symbol (∞). An act that at first seems to be a tautological endeavour, absurd, gradually becomes a ritual that begins to impress the archetype on the grass.

    The piece was performed in Switzerland and the final video comprises a series of photographs interrupted by one-minute intervals that were edited together in order to create a time-lapse.

    The infinite symbol, which emerges from the ground, encourages viewers to reconsider many of their meaningless everyday rituals. These artists remind us that walking is not just the act of moving from one place to another, but writing the trajectory of our step upon the Earth we inhabit.

    Infinity is a modest combination of Land art and performance that uses nature as a main subject and time as a vehicle. Antonio Machado once wrote that ‘the path is made by walking it’, and Yamashita and Kobashi remind us that the shape this path takes is as important as the act of walking it. 

    Tagged: inspiration, land art, contemporary art, Infinity Mai Yamashita Naoto Kobayashi