Commuter

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: Tetsuya Yamada
November 20, 2009 - January 24, 2010

In “Commuter,” Tetsuya Yamada’s multi-media installation examines the lines between public and private spaces. Inspired by daily train rides in his native Tokyo, Yamada captures layers of bustling public transportation—trains, tracks, landscapes, and stations. His installation consists of a large, rotating wheel painted with two rows of unaligned black and white stripes. The turning wheel creates the illusion that the stripes are moving at different speeds, evoking the feeling of being on a speeding train, watching tracks pass by. Two video cameras capture the movement. Viewers proceed from the public space of the rotating wheel to the private, darkened space of the projection room, where each spinning video is projected on a wall. The meditative quality of the black and white patterns lulls viewers/commuters into their own comfortable interior spaces. Yamada investigates the often-symbiotic relationship of humans to machines, celebrating the mechanical rhythms that produce daily routines.