Koki Tanaka Everything is Everything

December 30, 2006 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Koki Tanaka (no not the pop star) uses short films to display small acts of well I don’t know pointlessness? Everything is Everything (which I couldn’t find a picture of) consists of a series of videos and the objects that comprise them. Each object then performs a small task… usually one that involves it’s collapse. Mops, blinds, and other objects lose their purpose and become part of a comic dialogue of slapstick like falls, meandering and never quite coming to a conclusion. Koki’s stuff reminds of childish pranks I used to perform like shaking up cokes to the point of explosion and them throwing them over the fence it our neighboring church where they would explode on suvs spraying sugar and all over cars, and it’s perhaps this exploration of the joy of destruction that motivates his work. Tanaka isn’t taken with the usefullness of objects, but rather the serene feeling we arrive at when we simply deny our will to construction usefullness from the everyday. Koki reminds us that objects only take on their usefullness when we decide use them for their accepted purposes, environments aren’t naturally taken with uses (trust me I teach a group of 5 year olds that are obsessed with racing chairs across the floor) but rather only take on the vestiges of civilization when we decide to use them correctly. Koki’s rebellion might be all the more vital becuase he reconnects with a world of objects before mothers and other figures kindly reminded us not to walk on chairs and sofas, bounce on the bed, play with the blinds, etc. Everything is Everything suggests that any object could be anything if only we could forget it’s rules and merely practice the art of destroying usefullness more often. The world can be play, it need not be as utiliarian of as usefull as we originally purposed it sometimes a spilled coke isn’t really a mess.

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links for 2006-12-29 Review: 1491 by Charles C. Mann

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