原田 裕規 Yuki Harada

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HARADA Yuki: Waiting for
May 29th June 15th – October 10th October 17th, 2021
*Closed from July 31st to September 12th for COVID-19
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

原田裕規「Waiting for」
2021年5月29日 6月15日 – 10月10日 10月17日

Throughout his career Harada Yuki (b. 1989) has dealt in artists and art forms such as Christian Riese Lassen, and ghost photography, which despite occupying a solid position in the visual culture of a particular era, languish on the margins of art history.
This solo outing will consist of a video installation incorporating “Waiting for,” Harada’s first new series in two years.
In 2017, Harada began collecting photos mainly picked up by junk removal contractors, and subsequently unwanted. 2019’s One Million Seeings shows the artist personally taking in his hand each one of these photos and examining it. This act of casting an eye over images that were once seen by someone, then abandoned, and which will eventually disappear from both memory and history, took a whole twenty-four hours.
Meanwhile, the work Waiting for, Harada’s latest offering and first in his “Waiting for” series, uses the CGI (computer-generated imagery) technology employed in the production of open world games to present “scenes from a million years ago/in the future.” In a world created entirely through artificial means, a voice recites the names of all the animals existing on Earth, in a work sure to summon up strong sensations of absence.
At first glance contrasting works, both One Million Seeings and Waiting for document humans engaging with vast amounts of information and attempting to incorporate it. The artist refers to this act as “Waiting.” The act of looking at something that once existed, and waiting for something that might visit, could be described as entrusting oneself to the temporal void between before and after an event. In an age when people pick up, and simultaneously let go, enormous volumes of information on a daily basis, “Waiting for” will offer one man’s approach to engaging with the world.

本展は、作家にとって2年ぶりの新シリーズ「Waiting for」を含む映像インスタレーションによって構成されます。
原田は、2017年より、不用品回収業者などによって回収された引き取り手のない写真を集めはじめました。《One Million Seeings》(2019)では、作家自身が、それらを一枚一枚手に取り、見つめる様子が映し出されます。誰かによってかつて見られ、そして見放され、いずれ記憶からも歴史からも消えていくであろうイメージに対して視線を投げかける行為は、24時間にもおよびます。
一方、新作の映像作品《Waiting for》では、オープンワールドゲームの製作に用いられるCGI(Computer-generated imagery)の技術による「100万年前/後の風景」が映し出されます。完全に人工的につくられた世界には、地球に現存する全ての動物の名前を呼び続ける声が響きわたり、強い不在の感覚が呼び起こされるでしょう。

Photo: Keizo Kioku
Courtesy: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Artist’s comment
I’ d been wondering for some time what exactly constitutes a contemporary “landscape.”
Traditional landscape paintings more often than not depict an elevated overview. These days though, merely fixing the viewpoint in a high place is unlikely to give an overview of the time frame we know as “contemporary.”
So where should we set our viewpoint? My attempt to answer this was 2021’s Waiting for, with its recitation of all members of the animal kingdom (including homo sapiens) currently found on earth, and visualizations of scenes without various of these, a million years in the past, and future.
Scraping together material from a number of sources, and seeking advice from academic societies and research institutions, I compiled a huge list of common animal names in Japanese and English. Having managed to complete this list, I realized that it would take at least thirty hours to read aloud the more than 20,000 names on it.
Initially I imagined that in order to create a single “viewpoint” covering all of these names, I would have to read them non-stop without pausing. But when I actually started trying to recite them, I failed several times, due to fatigue, drowsiness, and misreading, so in the end decided to divide the reading into two sound recordings of and twenty ten hours each to make the work.
My decision was prompted by having been powerfully reminded of the limits of the human body.
In this recitation, like water spilling over from a full glass, a surfeit of information and the physical strain of the exercise combined to make it constantly unmanageable in some way or another, for both performer and spectator. It was in this spilled-over state that I felt something arise we mere humans can only guess at, something worthy of the name, “landscape.”
In a similar sense, One Million Seeings (2019) is also characterized by something constantly spilling over.
The performance carried out in this work, which involved looking at a continuous stream of photos for twenty-four hours, exceeded the limits of human endurance both physically, and cognitively. The task of looking at one unknown photo after another, is not about drawing images over to the human side and interpreting them at human convenience, but drawing the human body over to the side of the images and attempting to build a new kind of relationship.
Adopting not a human (ie physical) viewpoint but a non-human (image) viewpoint is the ethos shared by these two works, and I believe the approach required to bring about the appearance of contemporary landscapes.
The exhibition/work title “Waiting for” reflects my desire in the face of spatial and temporal expansiveness beyond human imagination, that rather than taking the reins, the creator instead waits, with all the rights and wrongs, good and evil that may involve, and sees the situation right through to its end.

それでは、その視点はどこに設定されるべきだろうか。そのために試みたことが、《Waiting for》(2021)における「地球上に存在する全ての動物の朗読」と「あらゆる動物がいない光景(=100万年前/後の光景)」のビジュアライズだった。
それと同じ意味で、《One Million Seeings》(2019)でも常に何かが溢れている。
「Waiting for」という展覧会/作品タイトルには、人間の想像力を超えた空間的・時間的広がりに対して、作者が手綱を握ろうとするのではなく、善悪も清濁も含んだところで待ち、その有り様を最後まで見届けたいという思いを込めている。

Aperto 14
HARADA Yuki: Waiting for
May 29th June 15th – October 10th October 17th, 2021
*Closed from July 31st to September 12th for COVID-19
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Closed on Mondays
Organized by : 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)
In Cooperation with : Slacktide Co., Ltd.

Exhibition Website / 展覧会ウェブサイト
Handout [PDF] / ハンドアウト[PDF]