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1: video composition #2 "Stolen Air" 5min.,TAKI Kentaro
2: "media cage" 7min.., TAKI Kentaro
3: "Omedeto" 5min., NAKAMURA Akiko
4: Study on Media "education before education" 8min.43sec., HATTORI Katsuyuki
5: "President" 11min., KANEMAKI Kazumi
6: "a not = a or For Devatas Who Keep on Dancing" 15min.30sec., KAWAI Masayuki
(Total length is about 52 min)


3,900 Japanese Yen (including taxes)

>>> Profile VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo

Tokyo is the city of spectacle. "Jeus des signifiants (plays of signifiants)" meets high technology and Mikado-Emperor system, and they are creating a perfect numbness toward a new totalitarianism. By spread of mobile phone, portable PC, and digital video, mass media make people their terminal units, and enslave them to representations even in the area of life or mind. VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo has studied, through their many workshops, from classical subjects of media theory like "What is video?" to the present system and situation of information and society. These artists of "spectacle age" use video to break aesthetic limits of expression about mass media and structural reality, philosophy and politics. They don't belong to well known "Japanese contemporary" style, like Manga comics, Yakuza films, or recovery of self-identity. VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo appreciate that the critical roll of videoart is, especially in Tokyo, to give an unerasable trace of anti-spectacle inside the spectacle. Though their videoart works have various forms, they have common themes: can video-electronic image resist a domination of the mass media and technocracy, though they are its origins? can video objectify "the totality without the center," then make a possibility to subvert the situation?
video composition #2 "Stolen Air" (TAKI Kentaro)
While watching TV, we usually do "zapping" without thinking seriously. This active behavior of changing channels and getting information is like an image collage play that is made by selecting one image or one sound from programs and CM films on TV. I sampled images and sounds at random from TV and composed many clips, then made them to have new meanings. As you know, here is very important problem of Copyright. But if we hesitate to make this kind of sampling art in consideration of Copyright, the possibility of art becomes narrow. With showing this work, I want to let audience think that my work includes the viewpoint on "The social environment of art."
"media cage" (TAKI Kentaro)
The present day, mass media thing will be powerful and absolute. This work shows two cages. One is the environment of media society and the other is inside cage of our mind which protects us from huge various information in mass media society.

"Omedeto" (Happy New Year Rabbits) ( NAKAMURA Akiko)
This work was made in the very beginning of 1999, which was the year of the rabbit. The word "omedeto", is used either for giving congratulations or for new year greetings. Also, it's a customary for some Japanese people that they go to offer their congratulations at the Imperial Palace on January 2nd, waving flags reverently during the appearance of the royal family. In this work, those elements above, such as rabbits, Japanese flags are used to induce an alternative feeling into the word "omedeto" which is just a greeting otherwise.
Study on Media "education before education"( HATTORI Katsuyuki)
Preconditioning by so called mass-media is infiltrated into individuals in present Japanese society. This work takes close look at Education Television in Japan, and reveals us an example of early preconditioning of human behavior. The video let us realize the environment of electric mass-media, and warns us that it is slowly taking away precious human functions since one's childhood.
"President" (KANEMAKI Kazumi)
The fragment of time are cut into frames and restructured into mere information. Along with the objective image, the voice which talk about personal frustration makes the hope looks impossible. "I want to be someone but I may not able to be someone." The endless paradox goes on...
"a not = a or for Devatas Who Keep on Dancing" This work criticizes the mass media and the totality of society which the mass media control by making image i.e. the society of spectacle. The video consists of some philosophical discourses and symbolic phenomena of the society of spectacle. Conservative young women in spectacular Tokyo city are superimposed on the ruined beauties "Devatas" of Angkor Wat. The video denies the identical law "," and to liberate peculiar moments by using "Ma" (Japanese traditional sense of time and space) from the general sense of time and space.(KAWAI Masayuki)



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