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"Dazzle room"

2016 / mixed-media

This installation is part of a series of dazzle camouflage-themed pieces the artist has been working on since 2013.

Dazzle camouflage was a form of ship camouflage employed during World War I when radar technology did not exist. The camouflage made it difficult for hostile ships to identify the target vessel's heading and speed.

The individual in the room, her face concealed by sunglasses, repeats the act of "transmission" and "reception" with the smartphone. The ship covered with dazzle camouflage serves as a metaphor for deviations in contemporary society. The camouflage on the individual represents "transmission" and the world as seen by the individual represents "reception".


Inside the Dazzle Room, where all surfaces are covered in dazzle camouflage, forms and spatial relationships are difficult to ascertain. Due to our over-reliance on vision, superficial patterns prevent us from grasping content.


2016 / ミクストメディア 






 ダズル迷彩の施された世界「Dazzle room」では、形や距離を捉えにくくなります。人は視覚に頼り過ぎているからこそ、表層の模様によってその中身までもが捉え辛くなるのです。


saatchi_gallery : The rippling confusion of Shigeki Matsuyama's black and white all over "Dazzle Room" was inspired by soldiers' use of camouflage during WWI. His smartphone-absorbed protagonist seems to suggest we've become too hidden away within ourselves.

IRORIO interview (Japanese)

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