Japanese artist Miyanaga Akira opens first Australian show of moving image works at NGV

Miyanaga Akira’s mesmerising moving image works are on display at the National Gallery of Victoria until 30 April 2017. REALTIME: Miyanaga Akira is the artist’s first Australian exhibition, comprising five recent works with the largest, REALTIME-MATERIEL, 2015, projected as a large-scale, immersive display more than five metres long.

From crowds moving through subways to light gently falling over rice fields, fragments filmed in urban and rural areas of Japan are enmeshed together in the style that Miyanga is famous for. Time-lapse photography and post-production techniques of splicing, rearranging, layering and superimposing images, resulting in repetitious layering of images to shift the viewers’ perception of time and to encourage viewers to look at the world from new perspectives.

Lurking between realism and abstraction, Miyanaga’s works continuously layer familiar images until they become distorted and fractured, transforming everyday scenes and environments and imbuing them with new meanings.

REALTIME: Miyanaga Akira is on display at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia from 18 November 2016 to 30 April 2017. Entry is FREE.


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Miyanaga Akira Japanese, born 1985 REALTIME-MATERIEL 2015 (video still) high-definition video, sound 7 min, 3 sec © Miyanaga Akira, courtesy Kodama Gallery, Tokyo

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