Meiro Koizumi. Portrait of a Young Samurai. 2009. Two-channel HD video installation, 9:40 min. © 2014 Meiro Koizumi. Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam
Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present Birth of Comedy, an installation of video work by Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi. Curated by Yasufumi Nakamori, this will be Mr. Koizumi's first exhibition in the state of Texas and third solo exhibition in the United States. In conjunction with the installation at testsite, Mr. Koizumi will perform his work Autopsychobabble #5 at the Blanton Museum of Art auditorium on April 25th as part of the 10th Annual Fusebox Festival. The Fusebox Festival performance is co-organized by testsite and the Blanton Museum of Art.
The presentation at testsite will feature video works from the past decade, including Human Opera XXX (2007), Portrait of a Young Samurai (2009), and Inder Kommen Sie/It's a Comedy (2012). The artist and curator will engage in a moderated discussion during the opening event at testsite on Sunday, April 27th.
In his video installations and performances, Meiro Koizumi deals with psychological and political dynamics on a scale from the familial to the national, and examines questions of affect, perception, and memory, often touching upon aspects of Japan's modern history. Implicating himself and his performers in his art, Koizumi challenges the viewer by re-defining the uncomfortable and indefinable line between cruelty and comedy through his choreographed emotional manipulations.