FUTURE PERFECT

Future Perfect (1997-2005)
Yoshio Itagaki
Tourists on the Moon Series(1997-2005) and Tourists in Cyberspace Series (1997-1998) by Yoshio Itagaki reflect an anti-heroic version of space travel and deals with an ordinary human practice in extraordinary places. Using computer montage, I have created an imaginary tableaux of tourists on the moon and in imaginary cyberspace, taking snapshots and posing for the camera. I am intrigued by this activity that so many people from different countries and backgrounds all engage in. These tourist series examine the compulsions of a document oriented society. Tourists in particular feel a need to "prove" their experience by documenting themselves within the spectacular or famous scenes. Taking an ironic position, I am both amused by and critical of the insatiable human appetite for sensation and novelty.

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Tourists on the Moon #3 (2000)
Yoshio Itagaki
triptych, 40x90 inches / 100x225 cm, color photograph

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Moon Wedding - JALPAK (2004)
Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

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Photo Stand on the Moon (2005)
Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

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Tommy Girl (2004)
Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

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Moon Wedding #1 (1998)
Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

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Moon Wedding #2 (1998)
Yoshio Itagaki
40x30 inches / 100x75 cm, color photograph

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Tourists in Cyberspace #2, 1998
Yoshio Itagaki
triptych, 40x90 inches / 100x225 cm, color photograph

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Tourists in Cyberspace #3, 1998
Yoshio Itagaki
triptych, 40x90 inches / 100x225 cm, color photograph