Popular in Japan for the hidden messages in his artwork, Ryan Gander uses images, sculpture, installations and film to create symbolic observations on Japanese culture.
In this documentary he investigates how time is closely linked to Japanese visual art, drawing deeply on the countries past. Ryan’s journey takes to Tokyo to witness the famous Scramble Crossing, a classroom where students are eager to tidy up using beautiful embroidered fabric to wipe clean the chalk boards and, to Kyoto, where he discovers that even the meaning of the powerful geisha has changed with time.
However as Ryan is looking to the past to draw inspiration, the rest of Japan is still rapidly speeding forward into a world of robots and tech.
Ryan Gander: The Idea of Japan, Tuesday, 9 pm – BBC Four