Critical Writing Index

The Seen and The Unseen

by Akira Tochigi

"The Seen and The Unseen" explores the role of the "television monitor within the picture" within the works of Mako Idemitsu. The television monitor acts as a visual metaphor that can potentially represent the gaze of the Other as an ambiguous eye, or begin to tell stories and construct histories which is evident in Idemitsu's later works.

Tochigi states that within Idemitsu's works, "A relationship between the seen and the unseen, the difference between actually seeing and imagining the unseen, is set up between the monitor and the scene outside it and between the overall video image and the viewer," (2).

Note: This article does not specify the publishing date, and includes more information the on the url, which was accessed on 06/02/10.

ITEM 2010.011 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

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Shadow Part 1

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