KITAKYUSYU Biennial 2002 Kitakyusyu Municipal Museum of Art / FUKUOKA prefecture
DVD: 16minutes Music: Inventions and Sinfonias (J.S.Bach) Installation: 108 chairs from friends
Everyday goes by slowly yet heartlessly. The old photographs left in everyday life are silent and assert nothing. They simply beat rhythms like a piano being single-minded without any desires. “Invention” is a title of piano-methods of Bach. I combined some sequence photos I found in my family’s old photo albums into combination photos and overlapped those photos with music rhythms of “Invention” The rhythms of “Fugue” depict unconscious rhythms that are present between photographers and objects
Japanese people began to have personal cameras in their hand when the high economic growth came in the 60s. At home, at work, on trips or any occasion, people unaffectedly captured what they saw and reflected their moments into cameras with their affection. Once scenes are captured in cameras, they look somehow comical and senseless. However, some particular rhythms appear in those photographs each taken by different people at a different location. People’s enthusiasm for photography when they press the shutter might draw those rhythms from different moments captured.
Various 108 chairs in the space represent irregular rhythms in contrast with regular rhythmsofpiano. Those chairs were used in someone’s everyday lives. Our lives look like chairs. Those shapes and sizes are different as well. We can have only one seat in our life. But we should be able to choose any chair we settle in. Feeling its freedom and sitting in another chair shortly, try to look at others’ eyes of someone’s past in the film. You may think their lives you can see are not so different from yours but the comfort of chairs may be different. When we can settle in a chair that suits our life, it is not so important whether the chair is expensive or cheap as well as good-looking or not.