bonsai in bondage

CONTROL, in the performative form that involves one body exerting dominance over another, can be seen as central to the arts of both bondage and bonsai.

‘Bonsai in Bondage’ operates both as a tree at its natural stunted scale, and as a model of a full-grown tree undergoing extreme topiary measures.

By reiterating and exaggerating the pruning and binding practices that have already been carried out on the bonsai, ‘Bonsai in Bondage’ asks questions of the controlling hands that have exerted their dominance over it.

‘To differentiate between rules and ropes is irrelevant here. What matters here is that there is no simple bondage technique: the more numerous and sophisticated the restraints, the greater the pleasure.’
– Bernard Tschumi