•       What is “seeing”? No one may be able to explain everything about the image in front of us. We seek out symbols and meaning in the image so as to recognize and comprehend; it is inevitable that we add information to the image. Discoveries vary greatly from viewer to viewer, depending on their social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds and experiences, as well as their frame of mind and emotions in that instant. That is, the image constantly reinvents itself in the present, and includes the past as memories. “Seeing” is an attitude situated on the vague border between the appearance of an image and our act of attaching meaning to it.
  •       Using time-based media – film, video, photography and sound – I induce the viewer’s cognition to be temporarily dislocated in order to postpone the inflexibility of the image captured as a specific symbol or meaning, It can be said that I aim to make viewers blind and compel them to “see” in this state. To do this, a work doesn’t necessarily have to be seen, maybe doesn’t even need to be present in front of them. In other words, “seeing” is an act of renewing something, of having imagination, and of constantly providing diverse viewpoints and focal points for what we are confronted with.
  •       In my works, image and seeing are one and the same.
  • Dec 2017      Shigeo Arikawa