Takehiro Iikawa "Good Situation"

Kodama Gallery Tokyo

poster for Takehiro Iikawa "Good Situation"

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Iikawa brings a sensibility uniquely his own to the concept of "time", creating video works that tackle this theme. In recent years, he has conducted intermittent experiments that try to capture time from a variety of perspectives, such as his "Clock for the Practical Use of Time" and the "Time Thief - Half Time Project". Last year, Iikawa presented his "Clock for the Practical Use of Time" at the Kodama Gallery in Osaka, in which he shot and collected 500 scenes over 24 hours and edited them into a continuous flow of footage spanning an entire day. As a "clock" that showed time on the scale of 24 hours = 1 day without providing more concrete measures of that time in terms of precise hours and minutes, the work turned one day into an undifferentiated flow of images and scenes, to which one became inadvertently accustomed, giving viewers a new sensation and appreciation of time that linked them of the rhythm of life itself.
If this "clock" served as a device for investigating our relationship with time, the centerpiece of this exhibition, "Time Thief - Half Time Project", is in contrast an experiment in becoming re-aware of our innate sense of time. In this project, half of the practice and match time belonging to some specific athlete and his sport has been stolen from him. In the case of soccer, for instance, all those involved in the game except for this particular athlete finish their game in half the normal time, behaving as if they had finished the match as per usual. Recorded in the footage are the reactions of the one person who is oblivious to the truth of the situation. The video calls attention to the specific sense of time cultivated by the way in which athletes' bodies become accustomed to certain habits of action and movement in an effort to elicit the best performance at their chosen sport. By snatching that sense of time away from someone, the video captures that instant in which the fact that time is not something easily and cardinally measured with a watch is exposed.
For people like us who have long adapted to the way in which society moves forward in accordance with the measure of the hands of a clock, Iikawa's work forces us to reconsider our uncertain sense of time dictated by a blind trust and reliance in its workings and devices.
"Good Situation" allows viewers to experience that interrelated, almost wholly coincidental notion of time that most of us have, reflected and accentuated in the work.
Reception: August 2nd (Sat) 18:00



From 2008-08-02 To 2008-08-23


Takehiro Iikawa



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