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Tatsuo Miyajima

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

SINCE HIS EARLIEST LED INSTALLATIONS, in 1987, Tatsuo Miyajima has been reshaping the timeless and pristine white cube into a black abyss governed by the pulse of our biological clocks. While the Japanese artist is best known for orchestrating digital LED counters into richly varied arrangements—strewn across the floor, installed in geometric patterns on walls, even placed on little robotic cars—the works in his recent installation “Totality of Life” span a wider range of media and incorporate a certain humanist dimension that his earlier installations lacked.

In the large video projection Counter Voice in Wine, 2000, images of three adults, one to a wall, confronted the viewer. Each “actor” independently counts down from nine to one in French, English, or Spanish. On reaching one, they are to plunge their faces into a large bowl of red wine, hold their breath for a few seconds,

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