COVID-19 May 2020

5min, 2020
Exhibition : Things Entangling
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

While the museum is temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are artworks waiting for the audience. In the darkness of the closed gallery, I filmed the works in the exhibition “Things Entangling,” a collaboration between Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and KADIST, in which I am showing my new work. It was filled with artworks that shed light to the global-scale political, economic, social, and environmental crises as revealed by the current emergency state (my work “Anatomy Classroom” is an attempt to approach the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster). While the articulation of artworks is formed by subjective interpretation of the audience, what these works delineate—the warning of catastrophe, violence against others (both to human and inhuman) and the prediction of extinction—seems to be perfected in the unmanned museum without any audiences. This video documentation captures current confinements of closed national borders, city lockdowns, quarantines, and social distancing, as well as the present moment of paradox— solidarity in solitary.