7th Art Division Critiques

[Critique by work category] Video works

What was common to the works that received high evaluations, such as E-BABY and GARA was the direction to fully learn long-accumulated techniques and characteristics, integrate these memories using the latest technology, and cross them with the author's own vision. A unique feature of this year's works that deserves special mention is that they try to pick up the primitive physical properties of images, such as the feel and texture that past digital works tended to neglect. The unfocused look of a baby that has just woken up; hand-drawn, weird, and overwhelming movements of a living creature; and the small shudder of a body anticipating a catastropheÑ\looking at these images reveals our unconsciousness. While a heavily information-based society has developed, everybody is just combining and exchanging image pieces, where meaning is never generated, or nothing is told. In the midst of such a closed situation, what counts most in the new image expressions is to first clarify what one thinks, intends to do, and values most. Then, these must be expressed and given life while using and exploring the characteristics of images. Actually, this process always involves the issue of physical properties. It may be said that to tell a story through materialization, or through a body, is needed now more than ever before. This view will overlap the view of gestures that spin out forms and images. In this light, the versatile images of this year seem to have shown the locus of gesture in various forms.

ITO Toshiharu
Professor, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music