Provisional Studies: Workshop #7 How to Live Together and Sharing the Unknown

Kyoto-based artist Koki Tanaka’s work brings people together in situations that are frequently unsettling. Tanaka documents these collective moments and uses the footage as the basis for his video installations. For this recent work, Tanaka asked eight residents of Münster to participate in a nine-day workshop. The project used the central question of Roland Barthe’s book ‘How To Live Together’ as its starting point. Tanaka filmed his participants taking part in numerous workshops and activities – such a cooking a recipe together. The camera crew also captured the participants, now subjects, during down time and between activities. Tanaka considers himself a viewer, rather than auteur, and lets the participants influence the events captured on film. Eleven video sequences resulted.

Provisional Studies: Workshop #7 How to Live Together and Sharing the Unknown was installed as part of the 2017 Skulptur Projekte event in Münster, and featured Topas as key element. The show takes place every ten years and uses the city itself as it’s venue. The exhibition is based on the participating artist’s proposals for temporary projects within the urban space.