Tatsuo Miyajima at the MCA
One of Japan’s most renowned contemporary artists brings his immersive work to Australia.
By Benjamen Judd
Opening in November and running until March, 2017, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art will host a collection of works by renowned light and installation artist Tatsuo Miyajima entitled Connect With Everything.
This show will be Miyajima’s first exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere and will encompass his sculptural works, rooms and environments, and performance videos.
Miyajima’s work transgresses the boundaries of traditional sculptures and installation, with visitors becoming part of the work the minute they enter the room. The light plays differently upon each of us, and is reflected back again changing the room’s experience.
“A constant is the fact that we are always changing”, he observes.
“In Western thought, permanency refers to a sense of constancy, without change. In Eastern and Buddhist philosophy, change is natural and consistently happening’.
Time and its passage are explored through the works and represented visually by multiple, small digital counting devices. Miyajima developed his first customised digital counters in the late 1980s, using light emitting diodes or LEDs. These ‘counter gadgets’ remain central to his art today, their red and green palette expanding in the mid-1990s to include blue, then white, as LED technology developed in and beyond Japan.
Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything is now showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, until March 2017.
Entry to the exhibition is $22 for adults.
Museum of Contemporary Art
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