“Imagine Yourself”

  • Imagine Yourself, 2019

Shown on a large monitor is a smooth animated movie. Just when something is about to happen in the movie, the screen turns dark, and another animation starts. Also on display in the same exhibition space are rolls of paper tape on a table, lamps arranged in a straight line, and items that appear to be picture books made of wooden plates. What all of these works have in common is that the viewer cannot directly see how they end, as their last parts or final scenes are truncated.
The human brain is able to predict what will happen next, based on past experiences. The brain of a newborn baby, on the other hand, gradually acquires the ability to foresee things by repeatedly observing all kinds of recurring situations.
The works in this exhibition are displayed with the conclusions of their respective narratives hidden, so that the final moment in each case is only acted out in the viewer's mind. The "pictures" the viewers draw in those moments may turn out completely different, which hints at our emotional sways in daily life situations in which things may turn out as expected, or totally different from how we had imagined them to develop.

SUGE Syunichi

  • Born 1980 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

Suge Syunichi completed his post-graduate studies at Keio University in Media and Governance. He has been involved in the educational television program Pythagora Switch since his time studying under Sato Masahiko as an undergrad, exploring new forms of artistic expression that employ human perceptive faculties. Following a stint in product planning for children's educational toys, Suge began teaching at Tama Art University. In addition to his involvement in video production for NHK's television shorts 2355/0655 and concept planning/direction for exhibitions held at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, he has received high accolades for his writing, which includes HENT-Economics (a work using comics and experimental forms to engage readers in learning about behavioral economics) and Kansatsu-no-Renshuu (Exercise in observation) (an account of Suge's self-imposed routines.) Suge's work effortlessly catches our eye and piques our curiosity with its arrangements of simple lines and shapes; those who encounter it will see the world in a whole new light.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 The 753rd Design Gallery 1953 Plan Exhibition, Syunichi Suge: You Have to Use Your Imagination, Design Gallery 1953, Tokyo, Japan
2017 SOBO 28th Exhibition, Principles of Directionality, SOBO, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Measuring – This much, That much, How much?, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo, Japan
2012 2355-ID, D & AD Awards, TV & Cinema Communications / TV Promotions & Programme Junctions, Yellow Pencil
2011 Difference, Paul Smith SPACE GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan


Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (10F)


Aichi Arts Center 10F
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
461-8525 JAPAN


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