Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Mana Sakaguchi
In this increasingly high-paced life-style (especially in metropolitan cities like Tokyo and New York), where massive information is consistently streaming, time is governed precisely by clocks, and schedules are tailored to the professions of individuals. Life starts to form patterns which appear to repeat themselves again and again. Seemingly repetitive daily chores numb our sensibility to change, and distort our observation of the world that exists in continuous flux: shifting, drifting, unfixed. No matter how small or large the movement, nothing ever stands still as the eternal present endlessly flows by. As a result, much of our surroundings are easily taken for granted. The illusion of repetition distracts us from the beautiful conflict between the simple and the complex. Through close observation of accidents (chance occurrences) and happenings, I have become conscious of the traces we leave, encounters we make, and the chances to create unrepeatable moments within time. My interests lie in how those combinations metamorphose within the framework of ephemerality. Consciously or not, traces are made and left behind. Some are more permanent than others, some are left more systematically, and others at random. Whether they go noticed or unnoticed, these traces are there: present. These traces become markings of both our presence and absence. Remnants of our being sometimes come in the form of an accidental scratch on a library book, the purposeful return dates in the cover, or simply as we become part of a memory. Layers of these tangible and intangible traces collect through the progression of time. Time, as an abstract entity absolute in its inescapable nature, emphasizes the ephemeral, shapes us as individuals, and transforms the tangible objects that surround us.
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