Reflection: Alternate Worlds Through the Video Camera

Reflection: Alternate Worlds Through the Video Camera
Library Shelf Location 30.TAKE
Publication Date 2010
Description As video cameras and computers have grown to become daily tools, video has become a familiar form of media used by huge numbers of people for diverse means of expression. This exhibition showcases a selection of video works created since the year 2000 that offer us a "reflection" of our contemporary video environment, showing us invisible or hidden alternative worlds that ordinarily go unnoticed. Covering 7 artists and 2 groups ranging from young emerging talent to established practitioners from both Japan and abroad, most of the works on display are being shown for the first time in a museum in Japan. The "alternative worlds" presented in this exhibition can be divided into two main types. The first sort depicts an aspect of society or urban life seen from a perspective that differs from that of the mass media, and which often takes the margin rather than the mainstream as its subject. Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf's video, for example, which documents their bold performance, investigates the Berlin subway system in exhaustive detail and offers us insights into the contradictions and loopholes that lie within public systems in general. Hikaru Fujii's new work, on the other hand, explores the possibilities that the marginal and downtrodden victims of our society can gain access to through the act of employing a video camera, as well as shedding light on the problems that they face. If these two works represent outward-looking applications of the video camera to the real world, the second sort of "alternative world" emerges out of an imaginary dimension and worldview that is posited at a purely internalized emotional or mental level. Naohiro Ukawa's installation, for instance, uses special flickering eyeglasses that work in unison with a soundtrack in order to induce an ecstatic, trance-like experience in the mind of the viewer. Hiraki Sawa's new multi-channel video installation, which draws on fragmented collages of footage that depicts actual objects shot from unique angles, takes this approach one step further by conjuring a surreal world that straddles reality and a dream-like existence. Although the artists featured in this exhibition work with a range of different styles and themes, all of the works employ video as "a medium that visualizes the invisible". Using the video camera to draw attention to events that have been concealed from society at large and people who have been neglected by it, these artists invite us on a journey of "reflection" that is by turns provocative and meditative. Through the contemporary "reflections" of our world portrayed in these videos, this exhibition hopes to discover a variety of alternative worlds hidden within.
ISBN 9784943825883
Quantity 1
Pages 96
Editor Yuu Takehisa
Format Softcover
Publisher Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Mito
Related Artists Jeremy Deller, Hiraki Sawa, Ryan Trecartin, Laurent Montaron, Chim Pom, Hikaru Fujii, Naohiro Ukawa, Matthias Wermke, Mischa Leinkauf, Aki Yahata
Category Film and Artists' Moving Image
Language English

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