About my work Umeyama Reports:
In the body of works, entitled The Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum (UTTM), I reflect on some ideas in contemporary art. Some of the salient ideas are as followings;
How an object becomes an artwork? (Duchamp’s ready made)
To what are images in artwoks referring? (as in Rene Magritte’s Treachery of Images)
Including references of art history in artworks
Requirements for the viewers having knowledge on aforementioned matters.
Contemporary artworks are reflections of the era in which they are created.
The body of works UTTM is a series of installations of an imaginary museum. The main content of the installations include the Umeyama Reports (ink drawings), Umeyama’s collected items (sculptures), museum labels (graphite drawings) as well as various museum ephemera, for example, pamphlets, quality reproductions and stickers as souvenirs. Below is a mission statement from the imaginary museum, which also serves as a part of my artist statement.
The mission of the Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum (UTTM) is to represent the achievements and legacy of the historical time-teleportation traveler Shoei Umeyama.
UTTM collects, classifies, preserves, exhibits and loans Umeyama Reports, his collections, and related artifacts that represent an alternative perspective on contemporary society.
For the benefit of the broader range of communities, the museum organizes traveling exhibitions, publishes books and manages an online database making the material more accessible.
UTTM promotes dialogue and evokes intellectual curiosity toward the contemporary world by allowing patrons to view it through Umeyama’s eyes.
We believe that maintaining and being aware of diverse perspectives is crucial for mutual communication, compassion and surviving in this contemporary milieu.