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Tsuchiya Takayoshi



Born in 1974 in Tokyo. Currently residing in Tokyo. Keeps observing the world of 'gaps' by peeking through cracks which appear due to the existence of rules.
WHO 002

Just like when we look at a triangle with a side of 10,000 km and which the sum of the internal angles is 270 degrees, our perception of the world changes according to our knowledge and experience.
Is it the right way to see things just because it’s the way the majority see things? When I see through the cracks of common knowledge, I can see things fall into these cracks. These things would show me distortions in this world.

A drawn equilateral triangle

Tsuchiya : We learned that the sum of the internal angles of a triangle is 180 degrees. But if we draw a huge triangle, like connecting the North Pole and the equator, at some point, all the angles become 90 degrees, and this can make us draw a triangle in which the sum of the internal angles is 270 degrees. This result is caused by the differences between the flat and curved surfaces on the earth. For us living on a sphere, we are not exactly sure how these flat and curved surfaces are different. We can see a crack naturally as the rule we believed blindly changes.

W : We can't draw such a huge triangle on the earth but we sure can draw it on a map. Looking at this map makes me feel a little strange.

Tuchiya : It’s just a map with a triangle drawn. But, it makes me feel that I really don't know where this triangle belongs to and it seems like it is floating in the air.


Tuchiya : This is a stationery and eraser dusts from erasing everything on the paper.

W : What was written on the paper?

Tuchiya : It was a love letter. When you write a letter, you think about the person who would read it , you don’t just put your feelings down on the paper. Especially when you write a love letter, you would think about the person who you are going to give it to and choose each word carefully, thinking about the reaction of the other person. So, that's why there is a process of erasing and writing again and again. This is one example of things that would usually be thrown away that has a meaning. There is something in it, something that we can't see.


Tuchiya : These are just two scales that have different units. They look like a numerator and a denominator sitting on top of one another. It looks like they are looking at each other.

W : Does the scale's number ever change?

Tuchiya : Actually yes. I saw the number change once. I was surprised. Now, I am thinking of making a film with this work.

W : How did this idea come up?

Tuchiya : I was shopping at a nearby home center.  I bought a ruler and a scale and I put them in my cart.  And something strange just happened in my cart. I think that was the start.

(from WHO002)

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Shuji Sugihara
1976, Born in Kanagawa Japan.
WHO chief editor/art director