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KOKI TANAKA Nothing if anything, yet everything happens in Koki Tanaka’s compelling phenomena of the mundane. Setting public daily rearrangements of objects and actions, the diverse situational contexts are played out and documented meticulously into chapters of videos, photography, interventional performances and site-specific installations composed out into an intentional disarray of everyday items and behaviors. Random thoughts direct his experiments of connecting realities through collaborative events such as a haircut given by nine hair stylists, a piano played by five pianists simultaneously or five Japanese poets attempting to compose a single poem. Ordinary life performed, nothing less of its paradoxical nature, can shift the everyday allegory. (KG). http://www.kktnk.com
(RIGHT TOP) TITLE OF THE INSTALLATION: A WHOLE MUSEUM COULD BE USED AT ONCE YEAR: 2011 VENUE: YOKOHAMA MUSEUM OF ART, YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2011, OUR MAGIC HOUR, JAPAN MATERIAL: 5 VIDEO WORKS, 18 B&W PRINT ON TRACING PAPER, MUSEUM’S FURNITURE AND ITS LEFTOVER. (RIGHT BOTTOM) PROJECT TITLE: A PIANO PLAYED BY 5 PIANISTS AT ONCE (FIRST ATTEMPT) YEAR: 2012 FORMAT: COLLABORATION, VIDEO DOCUMENTATION (57 MIN) LOCATION: THE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE CURATOR: JULI CARSON COMMISSIONED BY THE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE PARTICIPANTS: ADRIAN FOY, KELLY MORAN, DEVIN NORRIS, BEN PAPENDREA, DESMOND SHEEHAN PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS, VITAMIN CREATIVE SPACE, GUANGZHOU AND AOYAMA MEGURO, TOKYO
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