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Yutaka Tsuchiya

Born in 1966. He started to make artwork from 1990. In 1994, he began to issue a video “WITHOUT TELEVISION” that is free to reproduce by his own distribution channel. In 1998 he organized an independent video distribution project “video act”. He continues working toward the expansion of the network of media activists.

“ When most of the news we get in this media-dominated society is the sound bites on TV, video activists throughout the world have been providing an important information alternative. Yutaka Tsuchiya has been one of the more imaginative examples in Japan, producing low-cost videos through his organization
Without Television. The third episode in the W-TV series, What Do You Think asks visitors at Yasukuni Shrine on August 15th, 1996, the 51st anniversary of the end of the war, the taboo question of whether they think that Emperor Hirohito bore some responsibility for the tragedy of WWII. It is not surprising that most of the respondents, visiting a shrine to Japan's war dead which is more accurately a religious glorification of militaristic nationalism, say no, but Tsuchiya and his partner, using such devices as a head-held camera, let them comfortably speak their minds, gaining an interesting insight into the contemporary ideology of the emperor. Refusing to criticize them directly, Tsuchiya digitally manipulates the interviews to present them precisely as media images set against other broadcasts, a strategy which demands a viewer different from that of dominant television: one who is discerning and selective and can make up his or her own mind. “
(Aaron Gerow /1997)
© Yutaka Tsuchiya

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What Do You Think?
-asks visitors at Yasukuni Shrine on August 15th

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