The exhibition, which marks the 35th anniversary of the group’s formation, will feature an updated version of the 2018 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (curated by Yuko Hasegawa) with several new works as well as an extensive archive of the group’s past performances.
Founded in Kyoto in 1984 by students of Kyoto City University of Arts, Dumb Type is a multi-media performance artist group centered on Teiji Furuhashi (1960–1995) which garnered attention for its highly inventive, non-hierarchic pieces which develop as collaborations between members who each pursued their own individual artistic style. Within the superficiality, despair and seduction of 1980s Bubble-era Japan, the group was highly sensitive to a societal “lack of any awareness in spite of an overabundance of information” (=dumb) and developed artworks with a sharp, critical nature. As a reaction against the textual emptiness of many language-driven performance groups, Dumb Type pursued a word-less approach (=dumb, mute) and composed works based around sound, video and installation pieces as well as the performers’ reactions towards them.
Based in Japan, Dumb Type became world-wide pioneers who employed a revolutionary visual language and philosophy to express their visions of the “posthuman,” born from new relations between body and technology.
Featuring several large-scale installations, this comprehensive exhibition offers an invaluable introduction to the works and artistic activities of Dumb Type, a group whose unique vision lives on after Teiji Furuhashi’s death thanks to newly joined members and veterans like Shiro Takatani or Ryoji Ikeda, and which continues to influence young artists throughout the world.