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he National Museum of Art\, Osaka presents a special exhibit ion entitled What We See\, which will focus primarily on works that make us e of the moving image.

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In face of ongoing and unparalleled technolo gical revolution that has occurred over the last century\, the advent of gl obalization\, and daily life in contemporary society\, which is continually inundated with a huge quantity of information\, we are exposed to a bewild ering amount of change on a daily basis. In the course of ordinary life\, t he things that are presented as a "reality" sometimes seem to be occurring in a dream\, making it seem as if we are experiencing a complete fabricatio n. At the same time\, the realities that are presented as fiction are imbue d with a greater intensity\, and function no differently from reality\, giv ing us the sense that the line between artifice and actuality is growing in creasingly vague.

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In the field of art\, the concept of reality was nearly always linked to Realism. And by the time photography emerged\, unli ke painting\, it was thought to have the ability to capture a genuine state of reality. It has since become clear\, however\, that photography does no t always embody this function and that the reality it does embody is not ne cessarily factual. With the rise of the moving image\, and the subsequent u se of computer graphics and digital technology\, scenes that do not actuall y exist came to be presented with a heightened sense of reality. For exampl e\, a film with the characteristics of a documentary that has been edited a nd molded according to a certain perspective produces a fiction that is det ached from reality.

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Today\, there are many video works that reflect the state of contemporary society in which the distinction between fact an d fiction has been lost. In these works\, which blend fact and fiction\, th e artists are asking us to consider the current whereabouts of truth. Does truth exist in something that was created as a fiction? Is reality truth? W hen reality becomes a fiction\, does truth begin to fluctuate? Or on the ot her hand\, when fiction is formulated as reality\, does it lead to the emer gence of truth?

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This exhibition will present a collection of video works by ten artists from around the world including two from Japan: Hiraki Sawa and Shino Yanai. In contemporary society\, with its flood of informat ion and images\, we must search for the whereabouts of the essential truth contained in the realities and fictions that are presented in these express ions of the moving image.

DTEND:20130324 DTSTAMP:20140423T234628 DTSTART:20130119 GEO:34.6918516;135.492041 LOCATION:National Museum of Art\, Osaka\,4-2-55 Nakanoshima\, kita-ku \nOsa ka\, 530-0005 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:What We See\, Eija-Liisa Ahtila\, Cyprien Gaillard\, Johan Grimonpr ez\, Chia-En Jao\, Sojung Jun\, Steve McQueen\, Hiraki Sawa\, Pei-Shih Tu\, Clemens von Wedemeyer\, Shino Yanai UID:257417 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR