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scopic measure #4
DriftNet / a plaything for the great observers at rest

Norimichi Hirakawa

Volume 4 of the "scopic measure" series introducing promising young artists' installations and other pioneering projects challenging the frontiers of art was dedicated to artist Norimichi Hirakawa. Shown here was his latest installation "a plaything for the great observers at rest", as well as "DriftNet", an installation first unveiled in 2006.
Date
May 9 - July 12, 2007
Place
Studio B

Works

DriftNet

Norimichi Hirakawa

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DriftNet

Norimichi Hirakawa

An installation based on the physical sensation of accessing the Internet through a metaphorical "ocean".
A large screen installed in the exhibition venue shows continually rolling waves. These waves, created by computer graphics, are based on data of websites that were originally put up as contents to be viewed via a browser. When a visitor moves in front of the screen, the data waves are pushed aside to reveal a link that connects to another wave of another website.

Literally an experience of "surfing the net" by browsing websites one after another, the work creates a sensation of accessing and drifting on the Internet by actually moving one's body.

a plaything for the great observers at rest

Norimichi Hirakawa

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a plaything for the great observers at rest

Norimichi Hirakawa

An installation to be experienced while switching between geocentric and heliocentric models of the universe.
The (Ptolemaic) geocentric and (Copernican) heliocentric theories offer different arguments on the relationship between the earth and space. While the legitimacy of the heliocentric theory is generally being acknowledged according to scientific knowledge, it is difficult to gather enough subjective evidence to verify it.
This work is based around an interface modeled after the relationship between the sun and the earth, which can be used to change the earth's (model's) rotation, revolution, and additionally, the axis of its revolution. Such operations trigger dynamically transforming visual projections of the sky and space onto the floor surface. In this process, the visitor can experience the motional changes of celestial bodies that appear when switching between the geocentric and the heliocentric system.

Profiles

Credit

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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