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UNITED KINGDOM. Tate Modern presents Shuji Terayama: ‘Who can say that we should not live like dogs?’
11/03/2012 09:41:43

From 16 to 25 March, Tate Modern presents Shuji Terayama: ‘Who can say that we should not live like dogs?’, a tribute to Shuji Terayama (1935–1983), who was a crucial player in a complex network of creative expression between fact and imagination.

Terayama’s career recalls an eerie tale of Japanese folklore in which a face shifts to become a different face. An acclaimed filmmaker, poet, radio and stage dramatist, essayist, photographer and horseracing tipster (with no less than eight volumes of commentary to his name) Terayama was, in the words of theatre critic Akihiko Senda, ‘the eternal avant-garde’.

A tribute to this ‘many-headed’ artist, this survey centres both on his astonishing film and video work and his trailblazing shifts through varied media and performance. The series includes a symposium on Terayama’s transmedia work and a live cinema performance in the Turbine Hall. Terayama always made work that was interrelated, often producing visionary and unexpected outcomes in whatever his chosen form.

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Image: Shuji Terayama. Tomato Kechappu Kotei / Emperor Tomato Ketchup 1971 © courtesy of Kujo Kyoko and Terayama World. Source

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