Having been hit by a deer when visiting Japan’s Nara Park, the artist is transferred into a 3D world, in which he experience some new adventures one by one while moving between the crumbs of reality, images of computer games and symbols formed by traditional Japanese beliefs. In the Prefecture of Nara, the deer has long been considered a “sacred” animal. Until 1637, killing a deer was punishable by death. After World War II, deer were stripped of their “divine” status, but they are still considered cultural treasure of the Land of Cherry Blossom.
I made an artwork intending to question what is real. In order to do that I tried to construct the relationship between me and the world and at the same time I revealed my relationship to the world, by projecting my body into different layers of time and space.
– Shota Yamauchi
Shota Yamauchi (born 1992), a Japanese intermedia artist. He lives and works in Yokohama. Studied new media at Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts. His works were awarded at 20th Campus Genius Award, “Tomoya Watanabe awards” (2015), MEC Award 2015, Takamatsu Media Art Festival (2015), Media Practice (2016), Culture and Arts Award “Ikuo Hirayama awards”(2016), Tokyo Wonder Wall Award (2016).