Saeborg “I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU” / TSUDA Michiko “Life is Delaying”

Tokyo Contemporary Art Award

Saeborg “I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU” / TSUDA Michiko “Life is Delaying”

Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2022-2024 Exhibition

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) established the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA) in 2018 as a contemporary art prize for mid-career artists. Each year two artists or groups are selected, and in the final year of a multi-year program of support, award exhibitions are held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

These exhibitions featuring Saeborg and Tsuda Michiko, winners of the fourth TCAA, are titled “I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU” and “Life is Delaying” respectively. While the two adjacent exhibitions are separate presentations that differ significantly in terms of their concerns and creative approach, they have a commonality in that viewers’ actions in the galleries become part of the work. In viewing these works they also face themselves, and this leads to examination of relationships with others, including animals, and of roles that society expects. 


Saeborg “I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU” / TSUDA Michiko “Life is Delaying”
Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2022-2024 Exhibition
Exhibition Period  2024/3/30 (Sat) - 2024/7/7 (Sun)
Mondays (except 4/29, 5/6), 4/30, 5/7
VenueMuseum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Exhibition Gallery 3F (4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
ArtistsSaeborg, TSUDA Michiko
Organizers Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Arts and Space / Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Cooperation TARO NASU

“Cycle of L” performance at The Museum of Art, Kochi, 2020
Photo: Taisuke Tsurui


Saeborg’s primary practice of performance incorporating latex bodysuits has varied with each iteration, and new characters have continually emerged. The work in this exhibition, building on the foundation of past performances, adopts the perspective of “care” in the context of relationships between people and animals, which have formed a central axis of the artist’s works. By having viewers in the gallery become part of the performance, the distinctive structure of a museum exhibition is utilized to stage an event in which the viewers at times become the viewed.

■Performance by "Saedog"
"Saedog," the dog made from latex body suits, will perform at venue following time, during open hours of this exhibition.
Time: [Weekday]11:00-12:00 / 14:00-16:00    
     [Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays]10:00-18:00
Venue:Saeborg exhibit area of the Exhibition Gallery 3F

*The time schedule is subject to change. Please check a notice board at the venue or Saeborg’s SNS.

Tokyo Shigusa, 2021/2023, installation view at “ICC Annual 2023: Shapes of Things,” NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo 
Photo: KIOKU Keizo Photo Courtesy: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]

TSUDA Michiko
“Life is Delaying”

In this exhibition Tsuda explores the theme of physicality, which has strongly interested her in recent years. She presents an installation incorporating video equipment, centered on a new work inspired by family goings-on in a video shot when a video camera first appeared in her childhood home. A reenactment of commonplace events, captured through the lens from the camera operator’s perspective, takes documentation of the family – the smallest basic unit of society – as its starting point, but broadens its scope to encompass the positions of individuals within groups and systems.

■Running event
The event, running around the museum (Koto-ku) with Tsuda Michiko will be held.

Related Event

Artist Talk
Date2024/3/30 (Sat) 14:00-15:30 (Doors open at 13:30)
ParticipantsSaeborg, TSUDA Michiko,
Sofía Hernández Chong CUY (TCAA 2022-2024 Selection Committee), the curator of the exhibition
ModeratorSHIOMI Yuko (Director, Arts Initiative Tokyo / TCAA Selection Secretariat)
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, B2F Auditorium (4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022)
Free  *Reservations required / First-come-first-served basis.
LanguageWith Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation
TCAA Website

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Participating Creator

TSUDA Michiko