Artist Profile

takahiko-iimura
BASED IN Tokyo and New York ARTFORM Expanded Cinema and Video Semiology

WHY

The ‘I’ of the one who writes is not the same as the ‘I’ which is read by ‘thou’.—Roland Barthes

Armed with a forensic scalpel, Takahiko Iimura dissects video, removing organs one by one, systematically probing until he locates the vital twitching organ. There, he’s got it now, held between gloved fingers, unlatched from the secure lining of the onto-sphere, decoupled and placed on the tray for our inspection. The signifier-signified dyad. Coldly, methodically, he begins to rearrange the units. This way, that way. This and this, this but not that. A genetic recomposition of codes; accumulating permutations in search of the différance between word and image; space and movement; you, I, and me. Video language is semiological . . . semi-illogical.

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