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Koki Tanaka

Provisional Studies (Working Title)


Kindly supported by evn AG and evn collection.

Curated by: Barbara Steiner

Press tour: 22.06.2017, 10:30 am

Opening: 22.06.2017, 7 pm

Duration: 23.06.-27.08.2017


Info exhibition: +43-316/8017-9200

Info press: +43-316/8017-9213 or DDI -9211


About the exhibition

Can five people jointly compose a sound track and play it together on one piano? Can seven people write a protest song together? The Japanese artist Koki Tanaka creates situations— you could call them ‘experimental set-ups’—that invite people to attempt seemingly impossible tasks. His works continually revolve around the question: what can we achieve together, and how?


In Provisional Studies (Working Title), Tanaka’s first solo exhibition in Austria, the Kunsthaus Graz is showing projects that revolve around collectivity and the potential for joint action, including a new film work whose starting-point is the protest against the Zwentendorf nuclear power station becoming operational in the late 1970s. Tanaka’s interest is also very much to do with the major earthquake and Fukushima disaster of 2011, as well as the resulting collective actions that took place in Japan, including silent protests, against nuclear power. Tanaka’s projects have a common thread: participants have to be open to exchange, develop a sense of community and creativity and at the same time explore new rules of negotiation and collaboration. Apart from his interest in collective forms of protest, Koki Tanaka’s focus lies on recollection, the identity-building function of shared events burned into the memory and their updating for the present day.


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