Takashi Ito

  • Takashi Ito – Grim (1985)

    A sensuous ghost haunts a flat in this unusual ode to plain, generic areas.
    Takashi Ito wrote:
    With this work, I developed/fleshed out the idea I had when making Ghost of peeling only the skin from various objects in the room, floating the skins in midair and then sticking them on different objects. This film was also shot entirely frame-by-frame with long-exposures. Along with Grim, its meaning is “as if to do forever.”Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – Ghost (1984)

    Takashi Ito wrote:
    I made this work because I wanted to try out the idea of floating images in midair that had come to me when making Thunder. The entire work was shot frame-by-frame with long exposures. I filmed this in the company dorm I was living in in the middle of the night after I had come home from work, and thought I might die from what had become my daily pattern of sleeping for two hours in the morning then going off to work.Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – Miira no yume AKA The Mummy’s Dream (1989)

    Takashi Ito wrote:
    The filmic version of a city in which all surface beauty has rotted away. In order to find images of death like landscapes of the city from which people have vanished, and buildings from which the decorations have been stripped away and the inner organs exposed, I walked all over Tokyo taking photographs, then animated them.Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – Wall (1987)

    Takashi Ito wrote:
    The further developed and completed version of a 15-second advertisement for an interior design firm on which I had worked. It repeats over and over again the violent back-and-forth, half-revolving motions of a giant brick storehouse inside the frame of a hand-held photograph. I wanted to emphasis the flat nature of the photograph while creating a dynamic feeling of depth inside the photograph’s frame.Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – Memai AKA Dizziness (2001)

    Takashi Ito wrote:
    In the final scene of my last work, A Silent Day, a girl was filming herself with an 8mm camera on a railway bridge. Although the film doesn’t depict the incident, she later jumped off the bridge in an attempt to kill herself. Two girls witnessed her attempted suicide, and in this film I am attempting to depict the broken state of their psyches. In this piece, various images have been generated as a result of my professional interaction with a number of young people with mental illnesses, and the unstable state of mind which I have often experienced in recent days.Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – The Moon (1994)

    Takashi Ito wrote:
    A long time ago, I would often dream of the uncanny and mystical landscape that appears in moonlight. Irrational landscapes and spaces filled with unspeakable pleasures like a black object that revolves slowly while flying over the scattered clouds that float in the night sky, their lumps illuminated by the light of the moon.Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – Gi-Souchi ‘M’ AKA Apparatus M (1997)

    A work produced for the Morimura Yasumasa Exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art, (April 6 to June, 1996). It was shown in an old-style theater constructed within the exhibit space that featured photographs of Morimura playing famous foreign and Japanese actresses.Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – Box (1982)

    Takashi Ito wrote:
    I stuck landscape photographs on the faces of a cube and shot them frame-by-frame. It looks like the box is forever revolving, but in truth it only revolves 90 degrees. The trick to this sensation is fundamentally the same as the one used in SPACY. I was aiming at disturbing our awareness of space in the movement from the three-dimensional to a plane and back again.Read More »

  • Takashi Ito – 12-gatsu no kakurenbo AKA December Hide-and-Seek (1993)

    Takashi Ito wrote:
    Ryuta is 5 years old. Even though he is my son, I sometimes wonder what this small person is to me. Even though I see his joys and sadnesses and know the feel of his warmth on my skin when I hold him, there are moments when my feelings for him become vague and blank.Read More »

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