Tourists on the Moon Series(1997-2005) and Traveling Games Series (1999-2002) 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 inside video games, 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. "Tourists on the Moon" and "Traveling Games" both 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 scene. Taking an ironic position, I am both amused by and critical of the insatiable human appetite for sensation and novelty.

 

Tourists in Video Games - Soccer, 2002 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists in Video Games - Wresling, 2002 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists in Video Games - Fomula 1, 2002 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Tourists in Video Games - Baseball, 2002 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Traveling Games #1, 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Traveling Games #2, 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Traveling Games #3, 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Traveling Games #4, 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Traveling Games #5, 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

Traveling Games #6, 1999 - Yoshio Itagaki
30x40 inches / 75x100 cm, color photograph

 

copyright 1997-2005 Yoshio Itagaki