You would have gone there to see them by then.

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    You would have gone there to see them by then., 2019
    Photo: Takeshi Hirabayash


You would have gone there to see them by then is exhibited in two adjacent rooms in the Ito Residence, a house built in the Edo period. Items in the exhibition space include a screen, a double-sided mirror and an empty frame, while a camera is installed in the garden.
While walking from one room to the next, the visitor notices the visual mechanism that is an integral part of this work. The boundary between the spaces in front and behind the mirror is blurred, and the visitor gets confused as to which space he or she is actually looking at. Displayed on the screen is a combination of real-time video and prerecorded footage of a performer.
Score a and Score b are two scores depicting traces of that performer's movements, put up facing each other and vertically inverted as one hanging scroll in an alcove.
Audio Guide: Inside and Outside, a work that is to be listened to on the earthen floor, contains environmental sounds recorded by two performers that each have a microphone in their ear, while moving away from or replacing each other. In the exhibition, these recordings are played through headphones for visitors to listen to, which means that here the visitor has the chance to experience an acoustic environment that one single human normally cannot hear.
Installations based on the presupposition that the visitor's viewpoint changes within a room as he/she is confronted with its spatial characteristics, are a general theme that the artist has been focusing on consistently for the past ten years. Referring to the "startling" effect of suddenly seeing oneself from behind, Tsuda presents a new sense of reality that emerges through media.

TSUDA Michiko

  • Born 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Based in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photo: Kazuyuki Matsumoto

Tsuda Michiko received her Ph.D. in Film and New Media Studies from Tokyo University of the Arts. Her body of work includes installations composed of arranged mirrors, picture frames, and video apparatuses, as well as pieces created in collaboration with various performers. It allows the viewer to freely wander spaces organized around their own presence and that of the camera; with each shift in perspective, the boundaries grow indistinct between what is real and what is false, the acts of seeing and being seen, the roles of the viewer and the performer. Based on the inherent qualities of visual media and the viewer's subjection to the gaze of the camera, Tsuda's work is both simple and carefully calculated. It questions the act of seeing itself, as well as the cognitive processes or bodily sensations we unconsciously take to be self-evident.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Observing Forest (solo), Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, Russia
2017 20th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan, Art Division, New Face Award
2016 Open Space 2016: Media Conscious, NTT InterCommunication Center[ICC], Tokyo, Japan
2015 The Day After Yesterday (solo), TARO NASU, Tokyo, Japan


Ito Residence


1-36-12 Nagono, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0042 JAPAN


Admission until
15 minutes
before closing


Mondays (Except for National Holidays)


・8 minutes on foot from Marunouchi Station on the Sakura-dori Subway Line or Tsurumai Subway Line.
・9 minutes on foot from Kokusai Center Station on the Sakura-dori Subway Line.
・15 minutes on foot from Nagoya Station.