Shuzo Takiguchi Research Group
Started in 2021 and held once a month, this research group aims to historically position Shuzo Takiguchi and explore the potentiality of his activity via his archival materials in KUAC.
Active since 2021
- Founding principles
Shuzo Takiguchi (1903-1979) was not only a poet and art critic but also a practitioner of cross-disciplinary activities, starting with his role as an exhibition organizer at Takemiya Gallery in the 1950s and his artistic experiments in the 1960s. The complete scope of Takiguchi's work remains unclear, and it is difficult to determine the historical impact of his work in the context of art. The purpose of this research group is to historically position the "Shuzo Takiguchi Collection '' and to connect his activity to the present, as a lead for understanding the rapidly accelerating cross-disciplinary and diversified artistic activities. In addition, this research group explores the meaning of archive by researching Takiguchi’s relationships between people and objects and his “study”, which he called “a room occupied by shadows'' and considered to be a production site, a reading room, a lounge, an exhibition space.
This research group centers on two major objectives: a discussion based on research and study of related materials and reading of Takiguchi's works (including his first publications). Meetings are held once a month, and the records will be published on the Art Center's website. As research progresses, we plan to publish the results as a book or hold an exhibition. Our research is based on the experience and knowledge accumulated through Shuzo Takiguchi 1958: A Traveling Eye (exhibition: 2005, book: 2009), Tokyo Rose Seravy: Shuzo Takiguchi and Marcel Duchamp (2012), Introduction to Archives XVI: The Shadow in a Marginalia: Shuzo Takiguchi’s Room (2018) and Introduction to Archives XX: The Shadow in a Marginalia II – Shuzo Takiguchi’s Books – One Object ‘with Latent Sounds (2020). In order to create a new perspective on Takiguchi, we plan to seek further cooperation in various fields.
- About Marginalia Journal
The Marginalia Journal will be published in parallel with the Research Group on Shuzo Takiguchi. In general, it is a report of the regular meetings, but in the future, we intend to use it to provide materials, share further issues, and record discussions. We also aim to make this publication a place where Takiguchi's various motifs can be further expanded.
Zeroth meeting: June 08, 2021 ｜ Marginalia Journal No.0 【PDF: Japanese only】
First meeting: July 06, 2021 ｜ Marginalia Journal No.1 【PDF: Japanese only】
Second meeting: August 10, 2021 ｜ Marginalia Journal No.2 【PDF: Japanese only】
Third meeting: September 07, 2021 ｜ Marginalia Journal No.3 【PDF: Japanese only】
Fourth meeting: October 12, 2021｜ Marginalia Journal No.4 【PDF: Japanese only】
Fifth meeting: November 09, 2021｜ Marginalia Journal No.5 【PDF: Japanese only】
Sixth meeting:December 14, 2021｜ Marginalia Journal No.6 【PDF: Japanese only】
Seventh meeting:February 08, 2022
Eighth meeting:April 12, 2022