title: a haircut by 9 hairdressers at once (second attempt)
year: 2010
material: HD video
time: 28 minutes
Location: Zindagi Salon, San Francisco
Production and Commission: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

end credit:

Hairdressers:
Erik Webb (Zindagi Salon)
Kristie Hansen (The 1101)
Karen Yee (KRA Salon)
Victor A Camarillo (Roman Salon)
Brian Vu (AB Beauty Salon)
Nikki Mirsaeid (Kitsch Salon)
Olga Mybovalova (Zindagi Salon)
Sondra Osorio (Zindagi Salon)
Anthony Pullen (Zindagi Salon)

Model: Nicole Korth

Director of Photography: Daniel Gorrell
Lighting and Camera Operator: Andrew Eckmann
Sound: Anthony Ranville
Gaffer: Daron Melkonian
Assistant: Alfredo Solis
Production Photography: Tomo Saito
Sound sweetening: Taku Unami
Coordination: Julio Morales and Kim Silva

Production: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Production and Commission: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Curator: Julio Cesar Morales

Location: Zindagi Salon

Special Thanks: Betti-Sue Hertz, Aoyama Meguro Gallery, Tokyo, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and Erik Webb of Zindagi Salon

Director: Koki Tanaka

This film was made on the occasion of "Nothing related, but something could be associated," an exhibition by Koki Tanaka at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. September 25 - November 28, 2010

note:
This idea for this piece came to me while walking around Toronto, Canada one day. Inspired by the many hair salons I encountered I began wondering "what would happen if I invited several hairdressers, with different backgrounds, to work together to cut one person's hair?"
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I revisited this idea in San Francisco, CA. Instead of three, I invited nine hairdressers to cut one model's hair in this piece. I let the hairdressers work without interfering with the organic nature of the process. The hairdressers begin with a consultation, addressing the limits and scope of the cut. The hairdressers then discussed how to divide the task considering the carried skill sets of each person. This unexpected atmosphere of competition came into play and exemplified the difficulty of collaboration and the various ways people react in such a situation.

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