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gravicells - Gravity and Resistance

Seiko Mikami + Sota Ichikawa

Gravity and Resistance:
Stimulating awareness of invisible relationships spanning the globe

Artist Seiko Mikami, who has been showing numerous interactive installations re-examining human body sensation, and Sota Ichikawa, head of the architectural group "doubleNegatives Architecture (dNA)", collaborated on an installation project with a focus on the "sense of gravity" as an addition to the five senses, the results of which were introduced in this exhibition.

The force of gravity works between all kinds of substances in the universe. Through their dynamic work expressing this correlativity by means of video, light and sound, the artists reminded the audience of the presence of gravity that we normally aren't aware of in daily life, and highlighted at once the basic function of the sense of gravity as an interface through which the human body defines its subjective perception of space.
May 15 - June 20, 2004
Studio B


gravicells - Gravity and Resistance (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Seiko Mikami + Sota Ichikawa

Experiencing the connection between gravity and space


gravicells - Gravity and Resistance (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

Seiko Mikami + Sota Ichikawa

Experiencing the connection between gravity and space

By constructing a virtual mechanical field in a room, this installation conveys the presence of gravity around persons inside that room.
A square field of 6 x 6 meters is set up on the floor of the exhibition venue, onto which lines are projected as if scanning the space. As soon as a visitor steps into the field, an embedded sensing mechanism instantly measures and analyzes that person's position, weight, orientation, speed and gravitational acceleration, and translates those data into distortions of the projected lines, and blinking LED and sound patterns that engulf the exhibition space. The visitor can walk freely within the installation space, and sense from the dynamically transforming light and sound the load of gravity on the body, along with the body's reacting force against it.

Sensing Mechanism
The field consists of a cell-like arrangement of a total of 225 square panels of 40 x 40 centimeters with an embedded sensing mechanism. This sensing mechanism was originally developed to detect the mass, position, orientation, gravitational acceleration and other continuous transformations of objects on the field with high precision.

GPS Satellite
In this work, GPS satellites orbiting high above the sky are additional elements that play a vital role, as the virtual attractive forces occurring between the work and GPS satellites are converted into distortions of the lines and other spatial transformations as well. Highlighted through this is the fact that the installation itself, including its visitors, exists amid the macroscopic, relative movements of such bodies as the earth and satellites.
Tour Information
  • September 19 - November 18, 2012 Project Daejeon 2012:Energy
    Venue: Daejeon Museum of Art (Korea)

  • June 26 - August 17, 2011 translife
    Venue: National Art Museum of China (China)

  • April 19, 2008 - March 8, 2009 Open Space 2008
    Venue: NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC] (Tokyo, Japan)

  • September 11 - December 7, 2007 Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2007
    Venue: John Curtin Gallery (Australia)

  • April 27 - June 27, 2007 EL MEDIO ES LA COMUNICACION
    Venue: Espacio Cultural El Tanque (Spain)

  • February 22 - March 7, 2007 Mois Multi 2007
    Venue: Salle Multi et studio d'Essai (Canada)

  • September 20 - October 29, 2006 O.O.H.'06
    Venue: Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto (Spain)

  • November 23 - December 25, 2005 Possible Futures : Japanese postwar art and technology
    Venue: NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC] (Tokyo, Japan)

  • September 1 - 19, 2005 Ars Electronica 2005
    Venue: OK Center for Contemporary Art (Austria)

  • March 30 - April 9, 2005 Festival EXIT 2005
    Venue: Maison des Arts de Créteil (France)

  • March 10 - 20, 2005 Festival VIA 2005
    Venue: Espace Sculfort (France)

  • February 24 - March 1, 2005 SHARE Festival 2005
    Venue: Palazzo Cavour (Italy)

  • February 4 - 8, 2005 transmediale.05
    Venue: Haus der Kulturen der Welt (German)

  • November 9 - 21, 2004 DEAF04
    Venue: Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek (Netherlands)

Electric Devices: Takegahara Sekkei
Metal Craft: Sunatsuka Shoten


Artist Talk "Gravity: From perception to expression"

May 16, 2004


Artist Talk "Gravity: From perception to expression"

Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa, the artists featured in this exhibition, appeared in a talk session to explain the backgrounds and production process of their work.
May 16, 2004
Studio C
Guest: Seiko Mikami, Sota Ichikawa, Toshiharu Ito
Moderator: Kazunao Abe (YCAM)



Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Yamaguchi City
  • Yamaguchi City Board of Education

Co-developed with:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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