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Digital Terrestrials

KEIICHI TANAAMI, Bizarre Theater, 2006, acrylic on screened canvas, 145.5 × 97 cm. 

Copyright the artist; courtesy the artist and Nanzuka, Tokyo.

“Artists suffer aftereffects of the feebleminded media and the computerized media . . . Artists are shifting their task to communication, using Third Materials produced by all sorts of industries.” This 1969 quote by Japanese artist Yoshida Minoru (1935–2010) eerily foreshadows the eruption of digital technology since the 1990s. It also reflects our increasing reliance on machines to assist, replace and help us understand ourselves. Given that…

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