Takuji Kogo, A Song for the Silicon Valley
Born 1965, Tokushima, Japan
Lives in Fukuoka, Japan
A Song for the Silicon Valley, 2006
Computer projection and sound, web-based project
Courtesy of the artist
Artist Takuji Kogo, who has never visited Silicon Valley, created a simulated fly-over of San Jose using photographs he found on the Internet. Overlaying this “film” is a story, of sorts, told by a woman, about her love life. The combined elements—from the intentionally lackluster view of downtown, to the Muzak soundtrack, and the story of troubled romance—raise the question, “Is this creepy or cute?” For Kogo, who works primarily with technology and the Internet, A Song for Silicon Valley is both a paean to the almost mythological source from which his art is forged and a satirical query into what the region’s power and wealth have wrought. Much like Tamiko Thiel, with her Travels of Mariko Horo, also in this gallery, Kogo is a traveler from the East constructing an image of the West that is at once real and virtual, true and imaginary.