1.Where do you live in 2020? Please describe the place and the surrounding environment.
The first two months in my Japan studio, then flew to Toronto, Canada from the end of February in order to hold a solo exhibition “unfinished studies of anonymous women” in Montreal, Canada. The exhibition was postponed to August, due to the pandemic started being spread in Canada. Since then, I have been stuck in my Toronto apartment.
2.How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect you personally in your country and its countermeasures?
Japan has put strict restrictions at the border and closed all schools at an early stage, provided 100,000 JPY as support to its residents (not sure if it was for all), created a travel package titled “GO TO,” and a few other countermeasures, yet the results have been debatable if they were effective or successful. As of the end of 2020 – the beginning of 2021 the nation is facing the third wave of spread of the virus.
3.Where is one of the places you enjoy most this year? How do you spend your time there? can you describe what it looks like?
Toilet in my apartment where no one bothers me. I read the news on my cell phone there.
4.Where is the farthest place you have been this year?
When in Japan: Toronto, Canada. Since being in Toronto: a supermarket.
5.Who do you live with in 2020?
Japan: my parents. Canada: my two roommates.
6.How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the way you work?
Three of my exhibitions/residencies being postponed (one held within 2020), One teaching position canceled, one festival I run postponed and downscaled to online and to a local project. I am accustomed to online meetings, lectures, as well as producing works; mostly paintings in my apartment and producing performance videos.
7.Has your work been promoted in some way?
I have participated in two online performance art events, one exhibition with physical works (paintings), and one exhibition in China with still images. They have been somewhat promoted via SNS.
8.Are you more anxious this year than in previous years? If so, how do you relieve your anxiety?
My praxis takes importance in the process. From art context, education grounds, community vitalization, disaster sites, etc. I accommodate my mediums and way of working accordingly. Hence, I had no more anxiety comparing to the last year. However, I have always been anxious about my financial situation (and most-likely it will remain the same for coming years.).
9.Recommend some movies or books you have seen this year (or a poem), you can briefly explain why.
Gattaca, a 1997 American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol, acted by Nathan Hawke, Jude Law and Uma Thurman. The film takes place in not so distant future, where the society is based on the eugenics, and causes genetic discrimination. The protagonist, the role of Hawke, tries to overcome his lesser potential to reach his dream. Perhaps, that sort of resilience is needed for the time under the pandemic, and this film gives the viewers a sense of hope.
10.Have you ever imagined what human life would be like after the end of COVID-19 pandemic?
That is a significant question. I counter-question you; Can we give up what we have built spending long time and effort, or, Do you want to go back to how we used to be before the pandemic?
About the artist
Daisuke Takeya is a Toronto-Tokyo based interdisciplinary artist, and ofttimes curator, collector, art educator and community advocator. Takeya’s praxis is comprised of the exploration of nature and plausibility in contemporary society, and hinges on all kinds of double meanings. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. He is the representative and the curator of Field Trip Project/ Field Trip Project Asia, POWER TO THE PEOPLE, Fukushima NO ALICE, Multi Layered Surfaces, and DAICHI Projects. He is the executive director of Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting.