Tatsuo Miyajima Japan, b. 1957


Tatsuo Miyajima is the pioneer of Japanese media art and is one of the internationally significant figure in media artist who focuses digital media as LEDs used for electronic watches and displays to meditate on fundamental questions about life, death, and the cycle of time. Based on the trans-generational universality of the LED’s simple mechanism, he explores  meta discourse about visualizing interpretations of time and the concept itself.


Since the 1980s, he has embraced Western pluralism and Eastern philosophy, and selected numbers, a symbol of logic, as his own formative language, bringing philosophical ideas through life and death into his work. In addition, Each work represents a unique number permutation expressing the infinite value of the universe in the list of numbers. Intangible time is visualized in a way that is expressed as the life and death through repetitive cycles, and Tatsuo contains his thoughts on time, life, death, and reincarnation, which are the inevitable fate of man. The lights that flash in its own cycles inspire the viewer's psychological and emotional sympathy by reflecting thoughts of each individual's relative passage of time.


Tatsuo Miyajima lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He earned a BA and a MA in Tokyo University of the Arts and received Honorary Doctorate in University of the Arts in London. He has held solo exhibitions at numerous prestigious museums including Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (2019), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2019), Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2016), The MET Breuer, New York (2016), UCCA Center of Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011), Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2002), San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (1997), Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich (1993), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (1990) and etc. His work is included in the collections of British Museum, Tate Collection in the UK, Fondation Cartier in France, SFMOMA, Museum of Contemporary of Art Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Ar Museum in the USA and Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Korea.


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