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Essays

When Video Promised 

a Sci-Fi Future

The pursuit of communication in the works of Yoshida Minoru

YOSHIDA MINORU, Epicurism of Space Universe on the Rock, 1975, photo documentation of performance at Shinnecock Beach, New York.

Photo by Gary Jacquemin. Courtesy Midori Yoshida and Ulterior Gallery, New York.

In the two years since I first encountered Yoshida Minoru’s Epicurism of Space Universe on the Rock (1975), the video performance has stuck with me. In it, a lonely figure of an extraterrestrial explorer, wearing a partially-constructed, plexiglass-clad space suit, makes his way toward…

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