In film, sculpture, performance and text, Daisuke Kosugi constructs seductive scenarios that entail an underlying conflict between personal freedom and systems. Whether by portraying how creativity is mined by the creative industry in a Post-Fordist labour market, or through a narrative of creativity that is not convertible to economic or cultural measures of productivity, Kosugi unpacks these struggles through the lives of individuals. His semi-autobiographical films guide audiences through intimate experiences where the conflict is rendered bodily and emotional. Through layers of fiction and non-fiction he constructs a self-reflective mode of viewing, a method of storytelling developed from his interest in empathy and the incommunicability of pain.
Daisuke Kosugi (born 1984, Tokyo) lives and works in Oslo. He is co-founder of the Louise Dany initiative in Oslo with the artist Ina Hagen. His work has been presented at LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival), Norway; CPH:DOX 2017 (Special in NEW:VISION Award), 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2016). He was awarded the 2017 French Prize by the French Institute of Norway. In 2017, he was an artist-in-residence at WIELS, Brussels, and in 2018 he was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In spring 2019, he created a performance for “Move” at the Centre Pompidou.