Takashi Suzuki “Human Catcher”
[Image: Another Ordinary Day (video still) 2017 | video | 10'15" © Takashi Suzuki courtesy KANA KAWANISHI GALLERY]
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Takashi Suzuki has been focusing on the “unconscious behaviors of humans,” researching and creating artworks around this theme since his undergraduate days. Behavior related to addiction, which according to the artist is “something that humans do unconsciously and without being told, even though unnecessary for living,” connotes something that exceeds the consciousness and preconscious of humans yet works to continuously attract viewers. In his master’s thesis titled, “Research on Extracting Addiction Induction Elements,” Suzuki verified aspects that induce behaviors associated with human addiction from various perspectives using experiments. In one experiment where he measured the stress levels of participants in captivity, the results showed that stress was considerably lower when participants set personal rules, such as “I would do xxx if it would xxx.” In other experiments, he also found that “unstable conditions,” i.e. conditions that evoke danger, and “conditions that prove the irreversibility of time,” i.e. conditions where viewers could see that time had passed, would also appeal to the subconscious of participants. Suzuki’s artworks condense his research on attracting humans at the level of subconsciousness.
from October 14, 2017 to December 02, 2017