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Life-Forms  (2017)

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When I was in New York in 2017, I had a lot of time on my hands and watched a lot of TV in my hotel, which I don't usually watch. At the time, the US was deeply divided, with racism amplified by the words and actions of President Donald Trump, and the Las Vegas shootings had put the news in a serious mood. But change the channel and you are bombarded with peaceful dramas, religious sermons and provocative commercials. To reflect on the relationship between reality and the media, we decided to film the TV screen.

We used a digital TV with a faulty contact to create a glitch and filmed the information flowing across the screen in real time. Zapping and capturing the noise that fills the screen from morning to night, as it tangles and changes shape continuously, was a new visual experience that I was fascinated by, as was the joy of wandering street photography in search of coincidence. The original contours of the television's image were broken, and the world, even the timeline, was confused, looking like a woven fabric of signals. And I was fascinated by the beauty of this degraded image. Something stirring just as it is in the clean, clear, bright world of television. The foreign and the chaotic may be excluded from our modern world, where rationality and consistency are strongly demanded. Nevertheless, I am reminded of the ambiguity of a world whose boundaries and seams are not as clear as we would like to believe, and I wish to be close to its fluctuations.

2017年にニューヨークに滞在した際、暇を持て余して宿に鎮座するテレビをぼんやり眺めていた。当時アメリカはドナルド・トランプ大統領の差別的言動により分断が深まり、ラスベガスでの銃乱射事件も発生し、ニュースは深刻なムードが漂っていた。しかし、ひとたびチャンネルを変えると平和的なドラマやコメディ、宗教の説教、消費欲を煽るCMが溢れ返った。そのあまりのギャップに不思議な感覚を覚えた。この現実とテレビ画面の世界は、本当に地続きなのだろうか?​

デジタル信号を乱れさせてグリッチノイズを生じさせ、画面をリアルタイムで流れる番組を撮影した。もつれ、形を変え続けながら画面を埋め尽くすノイズを昼夜ザッピングして捉えるのは、偶然と一回性を求め彷徨うストリートフォトと同じ喜びを感じ、新鮮な視覚体験の虜になった。テレビが映す元々の物事の輪郭は崩れ、シーンがマダラに混線した世界は、解像度が落ちたがゆえに物事の解像度が上がり、その両義性に魅了される。テレビが映し出すクリーンでわかりやすい明るい世界に、あるがまま蠢くもの。異物や混沌は、合理性や一貫性が強く求められる現代では排除される存在だ。それでも私は、信じているほど境界や継ぎ目が明確でない世界の曖昧性に思いを馳せ、そのゆらぎに寄り添いたい。