photo: SAIKI Taku


Material/ Techniquevideo installation
Size/ Duration3 min. 30 sec.
Copyright Notice© Dominique GONZALEZ-FOERSTER / Anna Sanders Films
Year of acquisition/ donation2002
DescriptionBorn in Strasbourg, France in 1965. Lives and works in Paris, France and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Since the mid 1990s, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has produced works employing video and 35mm film. In parallel with her involvement in magazine editing and exhibition planning, furthermore, she also creates installation works based on the theme of ‘rooms.’ In spaces composed using light, color, sound, photographs, and video, she places furniture, radios, and novels, thereby evoking a sense of absence and aimlessness that haunts everyday life in contemporary society. While employing diverse expressive forms, Gonzalez-Foerster draws the viewer into varying experiences, such as a sense of being inside a cinematic space or experiences interweaving human memory and narrative in a way that transcends space and time.

“Ann Lee” is a girl character created by a Japanese anime production company. Artists Pierre HUYGHE and Philippe PARRENO together purchased the copyright of this character for 4,600 yen and called on other artists to create a series of works with 3D animation character. "ANN LEE IN ANZEN ZONE" is Gonzalez-Foerster’s contribution to that series. The project comments on the environment of contemporary society, which has grown excessively networked through the rapid development of the Internet. The Huyghe and Parreno work of this series reveals the origins of “Ann Lee.” Then in the Gonzalez-Foerster work, two girl characters appear. Speaking in Japanese while the other girl interprets in English, Ann Lee warns that there will be no safety zone and that our emotional sensibilities will become divorced from our bodies. At the end, her body overlaps with that of the other girl, whose existence then disappears within Ann Lee. Coupled with the sound of constant rain, Ann Lee’s amplified voice resounds with vocal sounds that produce a distinctive rhythm. As a result of those sounds and the anime characters’ awkward movements, a vague uneasiness attacks our senses.