There is power in the unknown. Thus, I began looking through Tomoyuki Ueno's work after first seeing a message which plays on the 'concrete' nature of text--its ability to state truths, untruths, and be edited to suit the needs of those who use it. Much of Ueno's work is derived from seemingly simple plays on words, which stack up to reveal a broader commentary.
The National Anthems series works this way: all of the national anthems of the world in 1982 have been overlapped into one composition, in effect unifying all of the anthems that emphasize unity itself. Ueno's project statement explains: "Though all the anthems have different rhythms and lengths, the differences are not recognizable any more, if you put them in the same spot. This shows, how irreconcilable the different motivations and values in this world are."
Ueno earned a Masters from the Berlin University of the Arts in 2012 on fellowship of the Pola Art Foundation. Originally from Kobe, Japan, the artist now lives and works in Berlin. Much more work and information can be found at tomoyukiueno.com.