Tatsuo Kawaguchi, 345600 Seconds, 2021

172800Tatsuo Kawaguchi, 172800 Seconds, 1971 Open-reel tape recorder, 8mm movie camera ©Tatsuo Kawaguchi Unidentified photographer

Tatsuo Kawaguchi, 345600 Seconds, 2021 Cassette tape recorder, 8mm movie camera ©Tatsuo Kawaguchi Photograph|Ryo Fujishima


The façade of galerie 16, which was at the time located in Kyoto’s Shinkyogoku Street, was a glass wall. When Tatsuo Kawaguchi’s “172800 Second Exhibition” was held there in 1971, passers-by peeking in from the outside might have thought that the work had not been installed yet. Visitors would find only an exhibition leaflet on the wall, an 8mm camera installed in the center of a wall on the opposite side of the entrance, an open reel tape recorder on the floor, and a microphone with its cord bluntly connected to the recorder. The film camera, fixed about 1.8 meters high, was set up to release its shutter every 8 seconds. The tape recorder kept recording ambient sound throughout the opening hours. The exhibition lasted for six days, for eight hours a day, which amounted to 172800 seconds in total. After the exhibition period, Kawaguchi sealed six reels of 8mm film and eight reels of open reel tape using thin lead panels, without playing them back even once, respectively titling them Absorption of Sight and Absorption of Sound.

From Tomotaro Kaneko “The persistence of daily life’s constraints: Tatsuo Kawaguchi, 172800 Seconds

Japanese Art Sound Archive Collaboration: Tatsuo Kawaguchi, 345600 Seconds, 2021

April 23rd – May 22nd Tatsuo Kawaguchi “From 172800 Seconds in 1971 to 345600 in 2021″ SNOW Contemporary


Tatsuo Kawaguchi, 345600 Seconds, 2021 and others

Text|Tatsuo Kawaguchi / Tomotaro Kaneko
Talk|Minoru Hatanaka / Tomotaro Kaneko
Photograph|Ryo Fujishima
Leaflet Design|Tadao Kawamura

Tatsuo Kawaguchi, “From 172800 seconds in 1971 to 345600 seconds in 2021: A boomerang of time”, 2021
Tomotaro Kaneko, “The persistence of daily life’s constraints: Tatsuo Kawaguchi, 172800 Seconds”, 2021

Tatsuo Kawaguchi Biography

1940 Born in Kobe, Hyogo
1962 Graduated from Tama University of Fine Art, Department of Painting
1965 Organized Group “I”
1983 Associate Professor of Art at the University of Tsukuba, Institute of Art and Design (Professor in 1991)

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1981 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi”, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo
1990 “Today’s Artists III Tatsuo Kawaguchi”, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Kanagawa
1997 “Relation: Tatsuo Kawaguchi”, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba
1998 “KAWAGUCHI TATSUO 1990-1998: Sealed Time”, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki
1999 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Relation-Kyoto”, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
2003 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Earth, Water, Plant”, Hillside Forum, Tokyo
“Japanese Contemporary Art: Tatsuo Kawaguchi”, Busan Museum, Busan
2004 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Relation-Frottage of Time”, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi
2005 “Time of Time: Tatsuo Kawaguchi”, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori
2007 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi: The Invisible and The Visible”, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo and Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi
2008 “Positions towards Infinity: Works of Tatsuo Kawaguchi in 1970s”, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi
“Tatsuo KAWAGUCHI: DARK BOX 2008”, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi
2009 “Kawaguchi Tatsuo: Language, Time, Life”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Tokyo
2012 “Let There Be Light! Tatsuo Kawaguchi: World after 3/11”, Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima
2015 “KAWAGUCHI Tatsuo: Vertical Time, or Stairway Time”, SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo
“Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Darkness Time”, Museum Haus Kasuya, Kanagawa
2017 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Beyond Viewing”, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui
2018 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Chi no Kohya”, Kurobe City Art Museum, Toyama
2019 “Tatsuo Kawaguchi: Time Compass”, Echigo Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum of Art, Niigata”

Selected Group Exhibition
1970 “Between Man and Matter: The 10th International Art Exhibition of Japan”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Gallery, Tokyo
1973 “8e Biennale de Paris”, Musée d’art modern, Paris
1986 “Le Japon des Avant-gardes”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1989 “Magiciens de la Terre”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1994 “Japanese Art after 1945”, Guggenhaim Museum and others, New York
2000 “The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial”, Niigata (’03, ’12)
2004 “Trace: Body and Reflection in the Post-war Art”, Museum of Modern art, Kyoto, Kyoto
“Group “I””, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo
2010 “Setouchi International Art Festival”, Kagawa”
2013 “A Requiem, Two years after”, Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki
2015 “Re:play 1972/2015 – Restaging “Expression in Film ’72””, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2017 “Oku-Noto Triennale,” Ishikawa


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