Tokyo

Koki Tanaka

Aoyama | Meguro

Koki Tanaka is part of the generation of Japanese artists who emerged in the early 2000s. Responding to the economic recession and limited opportunities of the time, they turned to everyday life for moments of perceptual awakening. Using banal things in a playful way and documenting, by video, the isolated surfaces and movements of objects, Tanaka disrupts conventional relations between objects, treating them as “mere things” released from any utilitarian function or human intent and thereby evading prescribed ways of seeing the actual world. His early video works mainly feature the effects of human dealings with things—actions as simple as filling a plastic bag with helium and letting it fly into the sky—but present these movements as automatic, as if things moved with their own volition. The geometrical patterns created by the traces of the moving images reveal the hidden link between

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