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Simon Fujiwara, Empathy I, 2018,
5-D simulation with motion, water, wind, and video (color, sound, 3 minutes 49 seconds). Installation view. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.

Simon Fujiwara

Esther Schipper

Simon Fujiwara, Empathy I, 2018,
5-D simulation with motion, water, wind, and video (color, sound, 3 minutes 49 seconds). Installation view. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.

Rules are made to be broken, they say, but sometimes obeying is just as good a way to cop a thrill. Entering Simon Fujiwara’s installation Empathy I, 2018, you had to draw a number, then sit down on an airport-style chair and wait your turn. The room was totally non-descript, furnished only with the chairs, a table, a water cooler, and some reading material: two dozen copies of E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey (2011), all bookmarked at the page listing the rules of engagement between the novel’s submissive protagonist and the dominant Mr. Grey.

What visitors were waiting to enter, two at a time, was a black box, housing a so-called 5-D video simulation, just under four minutes long, for which you had to be strapped into a seat that shook as wind blew through your hair and water splashed on your face. On the massive screen ran a collage of found footage of which I can barely

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