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Terry Riley

TERRY RILEY

Born in the United States in 1935. A world-renowned composer and pianist of minimal music, along with Steve Reich. After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, he created a technique with the repetition of short phrases, which later became a model of minimal music. He is known as a composer who constructed the style of contemporary music. He continues to gain support as an influencer amongst various genres of music, from classical and contemporary to rock, techno, and progressive.

Eugene Kangawa

EUGENE KANGAWA

Born in the United States in 1989. A film maker and contemporary artist. After graduating from Design Studies, he committed his efforts to creating video based works and installations all rooted in extensive script based research. In 2013, he participated in a project at London’s Serpentine Gallery. Also, he is a member of a think tank, Object of Null, Inc. and is taking part in urban planning, fundamental and proprietary research. As an upcoming artist and filmmaker, his progressive work is catching the eyes of many around the globe. web

works

from the future

2011-©Eugene Kangawa

DESCRIPTION
The process of creating “from the future” involved several steps. First, the artist invited a person from overseas who had no information regarding Fukushima and its surroundings, and asked him to write an imaginary story about “what happened here and when” while recording the scenery around. Then, the artist focused on the sentence “This place resembles Phnom Penh after the Khmer Rouge” found in the imaginary story, and took footage of the remains in Phnom Penh that have now become a tourist site, and of the same place in Fukushima that he had visited in the past. It was filmed and edited according to the storyline.

Against the quiet, photo-like footages, the traveler’s text written in grammatically incorrect English appears momentarily, beautifully creating an imaginary archive.

REVIEW
The first impression this work might give the viewer is that this is a kind of a documentary or an archive, which consists of “the scenery as a record (the naked truth).” However, it is an extremely unique documentary of “the world actualized by images”, which the artist himself beautifully created by reproducing the imaginary scenery and the viewpoints of the author of the imaginary story whom he traveled together with. The work was composed by following the documented texts by the traveler and the artist dissolving the two contexts of Fukushima and Phnom Penh, which seem to have no intrinsic connection, and precisely portrayed the commonalities he understood between them, which he intuitively comprehended on both destinations.
Not only are the individual materials such as the deep context and beauty of the scenery in both Fukushima and Phnom Penh, but the issues of disconnection and connection of complex circumstances, and the withering of memory are beautifully and with a firmly critical manner presented through following this document text by this one traveler.

AFTER THE WAR

2011-©Eugene Kangawa

DESCRIPTION
“After the War” is an archive project, which keeps collecting and making archives of “war-related videos” that happened on the same day around the world. This work took a so-called automatic generating form by collecting footages from the general public through an open process via its website. This project has been praised as extraordinary by Terry Riley. It has collected 700 video archives as of April 2014, which in total extends over 60 hours. The archives consist of Youtube and direct posting of footages from all over the world.

REVIEW
“This website is one form for collecting and is a massive video work itself as it will ironically grow its collection of these historical record continuously. Various statements such as antiwar, information control, the history of visual technology and the connection between archive and management (the website has a different independent ideology that websites like Youtube don’t have because people are able to post the video datas directly), can be found in this work. However what this website gives the audience the most thrilling experience is through how it allows the unspecified general public to participate in the process of transforming history into new meaningless codes. And by doing so it allows them to rephrase the stereotypical theme of ‘war’ and even its contexts into a superficial series as a matière and to connect the contexts deprived from the series of hyperlinks into a ‘another different’ series.”

URL : http://after-the-war.org

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