Meiro Koizumi is a video artist who explores the relationships between the state/collective and the individual, and between the human body and emotions. Koizumi examines the mechanisms producing the motivation
for violence and self-sacrifice; his video works, which incorporate elements of theater that invite the viewer to experience the emotions of their subjects, are gaining real traction in the theatrical world as well as the art world.
Koizumi’s first ever full-fledged theater piece using VR technology, which he is taking on in response to his
Aichi Triennale 2019 commission, takes Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound (Aeschylus) as its point of departure. Despite his ability to foresee the future, Prometheus suffered eternal pain for the crime of stealing fire from Zeus and giving it to mankind. In a near future conceived on the basis of this mythical age, the audience will be made to inhabit the senses and emotions of “others” different to themselves. Will it be a utopia or dystopia that we experience through VR’s expansion of our bodies and senses?
Koizumi studied at the International Christian University, Tokyo (1996-1999), Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1999-2002), and Rijksakademie vanbeeldend kunsten, Amsterdam (2005-2006).His previous solo exhibitions include “Trapped Voice Would Dream of Silence” at Arts Maebashi (2015), “Project Series 99: Meiro Koizumi” at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), “Stories of a Beautiful Country” Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos (CAB), Spain (2012), “Defect in Vision” at Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (2012), MAM Project 009 at Mori Museum, Tokyo (2009). He participated in numerous group shows such as, “Future Generation Art Prize” at Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2012), “Invisible Memories” at Hara Museum, Tokyo (2011), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Media City Seoul (2010), and Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010).
March 3rd [Tue]
March 4th [Wed]-6th [Fri]
March 7th [Sat]
approx. 60 min. *Tickets are valid for one performance only.
Daiba Civic Center
Daiba Community Plaza, 1-5-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-0091
How to Participate
Booking essential. Show general admission pass on entry.
*No entry for preschoolers
Japanese (with supplementary audio and subtitles in English)
Concept and Direction｜Meiro Koizumi
VR Production｜ABAL inc.
Director of Photography｜Yasuhiro Moriuchi
Camera Assistant｜Aoi Nakamura
Assistant Director｜Wataru Koyama
Production｜Aichi Triennale 2019, Meiro Koizumi