Editorial

Specters and Tourists by Daisuke Miyazaki

Specters and Tourists by Daisuke Miyazaki

Specter: a ghost, phantom, vision
Tourist: a vacationist, visitor, out-of-towner

"In fragments we follow them, as they oscillate repeatedly between life and death, human and animal forms, and feelings of bland uniformity and seclusion."

 

A two-part film installation by Japanese filmmaker and artist, Daisuke Miyazaki, will run from 11 November to 17 December at ArtScience Museum.

Part of the annual Singapore International Film Festival, this installation is named Specters and Tourists — examining the all too familiar scene of humdrum urban life and encourages reflection of how unscripted and unexpected moments can challenge our perception of reality.

In the first part of the installation, Specters, Miyazaki weaves scenes from existing footage into a new multi-screen portrait of characters trapped like ghosts, or specters, in their everyday lives. 

The accompanying installation, Tourists (which was initially meant to be feature length but the idea was dropped as Miyazaki only had a few days of filming time) follows Nina Endo and Sumire Sato — who discover their new identities through the urban landscape of Singapore after winning a lottery ticket which propelled them to travel abroad.

We spoke to Daisuke Miyazaki on the motivations of the installation and the prevalence of art in Japan and Singapore: 


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Hi Chloë, firstly — what are some of the greatest flaws of art making?
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