Akeroyd Collection


Aki Sasamoto, Do Nut Diagram, 2018

Do Nut Diagram offers us a corporate style ‘stand-up’ meeting with a difference. In place of a whiteboard, we see a translucent screen with what appears to be a doughnut fixed to its centre. Behind the screen is a lush forest. Soon enough, the artist emerges to draw a Venn diagram in black and red concentric circles. The doughnut remains in the intersection of unknown data. This all takes place to a soundtrack of experimental jazz woodwinds. At one point the glass smashes to reveal different layers of the presentation equipment, sometimes the artist behind the screen, at others in front, nearer the camera. This adds a layer of complexity to the information being set out. The ‘Do nut’ of the piece and its visual reference to corporate meetings may lead us to tangentially consider the concept of Doughnut economics, a visual framework for sustainable development. The name derives from the shape of the diagram, i.e. a disc with a hole in the middle, where the centre of the hole depicts the proportion of people that lack access to life’s essentials such as healthcare, education, equity etc, while the crust represents the ecological ceilings that life depends on and must not be overshot. The model was developed by Kate Raworth in 2012 to critique conventional economic models of financial growth, and to consider other metrics of equitable society. Like her other artworks, this work by Sasamoto feels part of a larger system, an ever-growing circuit of interconnected things. And, like her Venn diagram of a doughnut, the artist is perhaps considering what it feels like to be inside and outside at the same time; what it feels like to be in front of and behind, in and of something larger than the self.

MediumSingle channel video, sound
Duration20 minutes 1 second
Editionof 5