DAIMYO – Lords of the war in Japan By George Henry Longly

Palais de Tokyo

  • 16.02.2018. - 13.05.2018

The National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet and the Palais de Tokyo, bring together in an unprecedented partnership, an exceptional set of armor and attributes of daimyo, powerful rulers who reigned in Japan between the twelfth and nineteenth century.


At the Palais de Tokyo: George Henry Longly, The Analogous Body

George Henry Longly deploys around these rarely exhibited masterpieces an original installation entitled "The Analogous Body".

George Henry Longly conceives a sensory and disturbing experience on a vast arena inhabited by eight daimyo armors, banners and bear-haired spearmen. The British artist takes a contemporary look at these historical objects that interact with an installation mixing sculpture, video and sound. The armor, true masterpieces of technology, resonate with underwater research robots exploring the abyss. From skin to armor, from exoskeleton to artificial body extension, the works of George Henry Longly and the attributes of daimyo meet through the prism of history, science and phenomenology.

Attentive to presentation systems, be they museological, scenic or commercial, George Henry Longly conceives in the Palais de Tokyo a shifting environment that escapes and changes as his apprehension. The artist calls for this project popular culture, the collective unconscious and is inspired by a synthetic material imitating the cellular tissue of the human body. Taking the form of limbs or torsos, this material sent out of the atmosphere makes it possible to measure the intensity of the radiation to which the body would be subjected in space. In the same way, "The Analogous Body" exposes the visitor to distortions and oscillations that constantly change the perception of space, works and Japanese objects.

Commissioner:At the Palais de Tokyo: George Henry Longly, The Analogous Body

George Henry Longly deploys around these rarely exhibited masterpieces an original installation entitled "The Analogous Body".

George Henry Longly conceives a sensory and disturbing experience on a vast arena inhabited by eight daimyo armors, banners and bear-haired spearmen. The British artist takes a contemporary look at these historical objects that interact with an installation mixing sculpture, video and sound. The armor, true masterpieces of technology, resonate with underwater research robots exploring the abyss. From skin to armor, from exoskeleton to artificial body extension, the works of George Henry Longly and the attributes of daimyo meet through the prism of history, science and phenomenology.

Attentive to presentation systems, be they museological, scenic or commercial, George Henry Longly conceives in the Palais de Tokyo a shifting environment that escapes and changes as his apprehension. The artist calls for this project popular culture, the collective unconscious and is inspired by a synthetic material imitating the cellular tissue of the human body. Taking the form of limbs or torsos, this material sent out of the atmosphere makes it possible to measure the intensity of the radiation to which the body would be subjected in space. In the same way, "The Analogous Body" exposes the visitor to distortions and oscillations that constantly change the perception of space, works and Japanese objects.

Commissioner: Adelaide White Scientific Advisor: Jean-Christophe Charbonnier