Video Life, in association with Auckland Arts Festival 2011, 01 March - 25 March, Gallery One and Two PDF Print E-mail

Ko Nakajima and Kentaro Taki
01 March - 25 March, 2011
Performance: 5 March, 7:30 – 9pm ST PAUL St Gallery
Artist Talk: 8 March, 5:30 pm AUT Lecture Theatre WE230

Ko Nakajima, one of Japan’s most innovative and respected video and performance artists, and his protégé Kentaro Taki offer a fascinating view of the historical and contemporary faces of Japanese video art, highlighting its unique sensibilities and aesthetics. Curated by intermedia artist Phil Dadson in asociation with ST PAUL St Gallery, Video Life is both a meditation and a provocative presentation of video technology’s impact on contemporary society.

ST PAUL St Gallery is proud to present work by Ko Nakajima and Kentaro Taki in Video Life as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2011.

Ko Nakajima (b.1941, Japan) first visited New Zealand in 1988 to create a work for Television New Zealand’s arts program Kaleidoscope.  He produced a work titled RANGITOTO, the first ever video-art work to be broadcast, full length, on national television. Nakajima returns to Auckland in 2011 to create a major new installation Electric Luminance Performance at ST PAUL St. Combining Taoist philosophy and the natural environment with new and obsolete video technology, his installation will transform the gallery. Alongside this work he will present drawings and his ongoing piece My Life 1976 - 2010, earlier versions of which were shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1976 and 1981.

Kentaro Taki (b.1973, Japan) represents a younger generation of Japanese video and performance artist. His work explores the impacts of mass communication and globalisation on contemporary society. Taki will present several works at ST PAUL St including Living in the Box and a new version of his acclaimed video installation Bild:Muell previously shown at the National Art Gallery Malaysia 2010, the Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts 2009 and the Tokorozawa Biennial of Contemporary Art, Japan, 2009.

Above: Video Life Installation Documentation:

Ko Nakajima, Tao Installation, 2011, Wood, 6 channel video, CRT monitors, e-waste, Bonsai tree, waterfall and closed circuit video. Sound by Phil Dadson from collaborations with Carl Stone & Tetuzi Akoyama
Kentaro Taki, Bild:Müll #7 - He para - 2011, E-waste & two channel projection
Living in the Box - Dimensions – 2010, Single channel HD video

Below: Opening Performance Documentation, 28 February 2011, Performers: Kentaro Taki, Yutaka Kusaba, Phil Dadson, Ivan Mršić, Moana Nepia, Elise Chan, Sarah Iwaskow & Moata McNamara Mitai-Ngatai

Performance: 5 March 7:30 – 9pm ST PAUL St Gallery

Ko Nakajima and Kentaro Taki will present two unique live performances at ST PAUL St. Ko Nakajima will work in collaboration with Phil Dadson and other New Zealand musicians and butoh dancers to create a live performance work responding to and activating his new work Tao Installation. Kentaro Taki will present a live video performance combining analogue and digital processes. Informed by an idea of finding a path to an artwork through a process rather than becoming attached to an outcome Taki will attempt to find his way through a barrage of media to create his performance.

Performers: Kentaro Taki, Yutaka Kusaba, Phil Dadson, John Bell, Ivan Mršić, Moana Nepia, Elise Chan, Sarah Iwaskow & Kristian Larson



Workshop 4 – 6 March AUT, Interdisciplinary Unit Studio WT005

Cost: $50

Building on a philosophical approach to technology and consumption and informed by Taoist concepts and ecological concerns, Ko Nakajima and Kentaro Taki led a three day workshop focussing on the collaborative development of work by the participants.  The workshop explored the ways in which redundant and abandoned equipment can be combined with cutting edge video and mobile media such as cellphones / iphones, still & video cameras, and Mp3 devices to investigate the continuum of technological development and consumption in relation to our social and natural environment.


Video Life, an exhibition, performance evening and workshop curated by Phil Dadson and ST PAUL St Gallery.

Video Life is presented in association with Auckland Arts Festival, March 2 – March 20, 2011. It is made possible through the suppoort of the Japan Foundation, the Asia:NZ Foundation and Epson. The workshop has is supported by Creative New Zealand



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