Photo credit: Howard Schatz from Schatz Images: 25 Years
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo hosts an exhibition entitled “ATHLETE” which shows the hidden world of athletes through a series of photos. Athletes in their daily lives develop a series of processes of “reacting, thinking, and acting” that is accomplished by networks of physiological, mental, and environmental perceptions/sensors in our bodies that interact each other. While training, they not only improve their physical abilities; but also sharpen the sensitivity of these sensors to their limits, becoming able to notice subtle changes in their own bodies. In turn, it allows them to adapt to the achievement of the moment in which they are able to realize their potential to its best. The sincere struggle of athletes offers many lessons to people who belong not only to the realm of sports, but to all fields of professions and in all aspects of life. In this exhibition, video footage and photographs, illustrate the movements and characteristics of the bodies of athletes, it is possibile to explore the experience of controlling sensation of the body and mind, the latest technologies to analyze data as it relates to tactics. Visitors are taught the components that contribute in the process of turning a person into an athlete. Dam Tamesue, a former athlete who has been involved in this project says: “The actions of athletes are extensions of actions that we take unconsciously in our everyday lives: a foot extended to take a step, a hand grasping a cup, eyes gazing absently at a browser”.
Midtown Garden, T
okyo Midtown, 9-7-6
Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN
Venue: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT (Gallery 1, 2)
February 17– June 4, 2017
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