Special Day | Taro Izumi
Public guided tour, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Video Screening, 11 am–6 pm
Curator’s Tour, 3-4 pm Tour of the exhibition with Séverine Fromaigeat, curator of the exhibition
Artist talk, 4-5 pm Conversation between the artist Taro Izumi and the curator
Costs: museum admission, no booking required
Participants will be asked to provide their contact details before the event starts, max. 15 pers.
Performance and video screening, 11 am-6 pm
The Japanese artist revisits Basel specifically to present a number of his first single-channel videos in a new and performative way. To attend the performance the visitors will have to look for Taro around the museum. The artistic intervention will be complemented by a tour of the exhibition with the curator of the exhibition Séverine Fromaigeat and an artist talk with the artist Taro Izumi and the curator.
A selection of early video works by Taro Izumi are projected directly onto the artist's back.Izumi transforms this moment of projection into a performance in which he himself becomes the protagonist, illuminating two central media of his work, video and performance. The organic (the artist's body) and the technological (the videos) intertwine in a game between present and past, whereby the artist's back becomes the backdrop for his past as a video artist. This retrospective moment is accompanied by a meditative component, as Taro must maintain his position throughout the projections.
Videos on display
Curos Cave, 2005
Single channel video
Low Speed Vender, 2006
Pig’s Leg, 2006
Steak House, 2009
Signal Fire, 2010
Battle without Woodpecker or Pike, 2011
Winter crossing over the spring wall (Great Escape), 2015
One hundred sun on the island, 2018
Transparently dyed mulberry field juice, 2017
All videos © Taro Izumi