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Mr. Tagi’s room and dream

2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance Mixed media Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream

22013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

“Research on the history of sports by a fictional sports scientist.”
“Mr. Tagi’s room and dream” are an installation work which is based on a distinctive research project to pursue the history of sports. This work explores the ideal status of sports / kinetic objects. Various academic societies cooperated in producing this work.
“Mr. Tagi’s room” is a theatrical installation where various objects are collected and arranged on the table and shelf retracing scattered keywords; accidentalness, chance, the origin of time– or domain, stadium– interlocution, exchange, aggregation, and gender. “Mr.Tagi’s dream” is a set of video works(produced along with workshop).

On the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sport through Art

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

de-sport: TheDeconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art
“On the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sport through Art”

Quoted from a handout of exhibition “de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

We have discovered some parallels between sports and art. For example, when you consider the admirably beautiful movements of gymnastics and ice skating, and the incredible handling of the ball in soccer in artistic terms, sports could be seen as a form of expression in which we are moved by the diverse lives of the athletes, who wager everything on each match or game.
At the same time, when you look back over the extensive history of art, you find that artists have devised various new expressions that deal with a wide range of athletic events. These include using boxing to make paintings, using a former lover’s letter as a shooting target, and running at full speed through the museum.
Did sports give rise to art, and was it the other way around? Or were art and sports originally one thing, which was expressed by both outstanding athletes and artists?
Going back in history, there are a few keys that can help unlock this riddle. Ancient Greek sports festivals, which served as the basis for the Olympics, were held as an offering to the gods. And in Japan’ s Kofun period (300–538 BCE), sumo is thought to have functioned as a ritual for the repose of souls.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

In other words, like art, sports originally existed as a method of interacting with invisible entities. Or to put it another way, familiar sports such as baseball, soccer, rugby, tennis, golf, basketball, ping-pong, skiing, swimming, sumo, and gymnastics, which are defined as competitive events based on winning or losing and setting records, are only very recent inventions. In tracing the roots of sports, we find that the word originally meant “a form of play unconnected to everyday labor,” and that it also included art forms such as music, theater, painting, and dance. Is it possible to reunite contemporary sports, consumed as a competitive form of entertainment, divorced from religion, and devoid of divinity, with art?

Quoted from a handout of exhibition “de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed, Dram object. Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed, Dram object. Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed, Dram object. Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed, Dram object. Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream #four-handed, Dram object. Installation view of "de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art”
Organized by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

This exhibition, titled de-sport, is designed to pose questions regarding the relationship between art and sports. The title in part alludes to desport, a French term from the Middle Ages meaning “enjoy,” while also suggesting the potential to “deconstruct sports.” In anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we return to the roots of sports and reconsider them as social constructs, which reflect a variety of contemporary issues, including play, the body, the nation, war, and nonverbal communication. As you watch and experience these sports, deconstructed and reconstructed from an artistic perspective by ten artists from nine countries, we hope that you will enjoy yourself in the original sense of the word.
This exhibition title was inspired from Eugene Kangawa’s solo exhibition “supervision / Desport”

Quoted from a handout of exhibition “de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Chapter 4. Creation as the Source of Sports

When we consider the elements of sports, our breakdown might include physical training, competitiveness, non-vocal communication, musical rhythm, military strategy, coincidence, gambling, and a monetary economy, among other elements. On the other hand, if we were to think of something that is comprised of these elements, would we think of it as sports? To put it another way, it is possible to discover a brand new sports without a losing something from this original construction?
Mr. Tagi’s room and dream by THE EUGENE Studio presents itself as a possible answer to these questions. The work consists of a pseudo-documentary by the fictional sports historian Mr. Tagi, who documents a new sport consisting of playing chess and performing jazz music at the same time. If the sports we have now was developed to allow people to become so engrossed in their activity that they could escape daily life, then one might say the creative fun that lies at the root of modern sports is cleverly expressed in this work.
This exhibition presents a new version of the work, released as part of graduation work in 2014, with a six-screen presentation.

Quoted from a handout of exhibition “de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.

Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, Installation view.
2013–2014, Research, Installation, Performance, Mixed media, Dimensions variable.