Daisuke Kosugi

Through film, sculpture, performance and text, Daisuke Kosugi develops seductive scenarios that enclose an underlying conflict between personal freedom and systems.

Whether describing how creativity is undermined by the creative industry at work in a post-fordist labour market, or through a narrative of creativity that cannot be converted into cultural or economic productivity measures, the artist analyzes these struggles through the lives of individuals. His semi-autobiographical films lead the audience into intimate experiences where conflict is presented in a physical and emotional way.

“I don’t want to tell people what they should feel,” he says, before adding, “The first step for empathy is to pay attention.” A sense of detail, inherited from Japan, from which he made a profession of faith.

Through layers of fiction and non-fiction, he develops an active mode of viewing, a storytelling method developed from his interest in empathy and the incommunicability of pain.

Vue de l’exposition, #NewNationalCitizen2014
Installation view, #NewNationalCitizen2014 © 2019 Daisuke Kosugi
Vue de l’installation, Attention(Performed), 2014
Installation view, Attention(Performed), 2014 © 2019 Daisuke Kosugi
Documentation de performance, 128BPM, 2015
Documentation of performance, 128BPM, 2015 © 2019 Daisuke Kosugi
Daisuke Kosugi, The excitement of shame, 2015 Bamboo, Hemp fiber, Steel Courtesy of the artist
Daisuke Kosugi, Leave fucking ‘society’ alone, 2015 Video installation, Flat panel display, Single channel video with 2.1channel audio — 4’30’’ Courtesy of the artist
Daisuke Kosugi, The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa, 2016 Film, 16mm scanned to HD video — 25’00’’ © 2019 Daisuke Kosugi
Daisuke Kosugi, Caught up in the universal body, 2017 Performence — 26’00’’ © 2019 Daisuke Kosugi
Vue de l’exposition, Gate control, pain (clumsy hand sample)
Exhibition view, Gate control, pain (clumsy hand sample) © 2019 Daisuke Kosugi
Daisuke Kosugi, Meeting uncle Yuji, 2018 Creative documentary, HD video — 40’00’’ © 2019 Daisuke Kosugi
Daisuke Kosugi, A False Weight (Une fausse pesanteur), 2019 Vidéo Coproduction Jeu de Paume, Paris, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux & Museo Amparo, Puebla. © Daisuke Kosugi

Daisuke Kosugi


Film, mixed media

Norwegian artist born in Tokyo, Japan. 

Oslo, Norway
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