Akiko Miki, curator, Palais de Tokyo: Although the theme is “laughter,” this work seems to be saying something that has nothing to do with laughter. I think your work is something separate from laughter.
Koki Tanaka : It is true that I am not thinking consciously about laughter. And I am not thinking about making people laugh. However, I have thought about humor. Sigmund Freud wrote a short essay on humor. He writes that humor is not always about laughing out loud, and that it may be associated with an attitude of finding a focal point of psychological liberation. For example, a prisoner about to mount the gallows says to the executioner, “What time is dinner tomorrow night?” Unlike the irony used to attack or criticize someone, this question induces laughter and relief.
source: interview artists site.
Simple Gesture and Temporary Sculpture, 2008 (03:26)
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Turning the Lights On - Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art