counting down.


Tatsuo Miyajima | Art in You” held at Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Japan.

His main concept from the onset of his career has been about “Life”.

In a dark room, LED digital counters are organized in a straight and radiating red light. Surrounded by those lights, there is a small room created for one person which is completely dark. Miyajima’s major works are made with LED digital counters. One of the important works is “Death of Time”, 1992, a masterpiece dedicated to the tragedy that occurred in Hiroshima. He adopts numbers from 1 to 9 (except 0) to establish continuity, connection and eternity. And expresses life by indicating death.

The most remarkable change is seen in “Counter skin”, the first photographic piece in his career. Miyajima photographed participants’ portraits at workshops held at Hokkaido, Nara, Hiroshima and Okinawa. While taking their pictures, he had conversation with each of them and took time to contact with them. At first, 8(a perfect shape in digital number) is painted on their body. Then, it is modified into a particular number and photographed in the place that they live. Painted on living human bodies, an inorganic digital numbers start to show up with full of life.


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