Sugoroku – Anxiety of Falling from History, 2016
Sugoroku table, glass rocket sculpture, woodblock prints, acrylic on canvas
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission
In this installation, Takekawa continues his experiments with maps, realised with irreverent humour. It comprises a set of tables holding board games and maps, with paintings and prints on the wall that elaborate on the historical and social themes of the work. In the middle of the installation is a glass rocket: the glass evokes the 1950s and 1960s, a period when there was greater interest in Sugoroku games, and at a time when scientific innovations about space and technology captured the imagination. These maps and objects allow for imaginary time travel by the audience between the present and the past. However, also depicted on the maps are ceramic objects representing current social issues in Japanese society – problems Japan faces as a result of ignoring the consequences of its failed attempt to ‘conquer’ Asia during World War II.