Interactive light installation / archive images from Mito Public Library, Mine Public Library, and Yuda Onsen Ryokan Cooperative Association/ projector, 650W light beam / dimension variable / 2016  光の参加型インスタレーション/記録画像提供·美祢市立美東図書館、美祢市立美祢図書館、湯田温泉旅館協同組合プロジェクター、ピンスポットライト(650W)/サイズ可変 2016年制作

The light installation is a part of the KEEPING SHADOWS project, made during the Akiyoshidai International Art Village - Artist in Residence Support Program 2016 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

The installation Keeping Shadows invites the visitor to participate. I collected archive images form Mito -and Mine public libraries, and from the Yuda Onsen Ryokan Cooperative. The pictures show the tradition and the people’s life of Yamaguchi. In the exhibition an over lighted projection hides the images, which only became visible throw interaction. While visitors steps into the light, their body became the medium to show “the features of this land”.


Special thanks to the Mito Public Library; Mine Public Library; and the Yuda Onsen Ryokan Cooperative. 美祢市立美東図書館様、美祢市立美祢図書館様、湯田温泉旅館協同組合様のご協力に感謝申し上げます。

photo: Michihiro Ota

photo: Michihiro Ota
photo: Michihiro Ota

KEEPING SHADOWS project 影を保つこと

Akiyoshidai International Art Village - Artist in Residence Support Program 2016 / 秋吉台国際芸術村 – trans_2015-2016

My project during the Artist in Residency Program at AIAV focuses on shadows. In my work 'shadow’ symbolises the past, memory, tradition, and the culture itself. The inspiration of my research is Junichiro Tanizaki’s essay: In Praise of Shadows (1933) * which introduces the important of shadow in Japanese culture. Tanizaki explains how bright light vanishes the small, but significant details of tradition, and how the atmosphere therefore changes. The soft natural light of the shoji paper lamp for example, replaced by the strong electric light, and even the moon-viewing is disturbed by the light pollution. Several installations connected together in the exhibition space with this topic.


Junichiro Tanizaki: In Praise of Shadows (1933) English translation by Leete’s Island Books, Inc. (1977) ISBN 0-918172-02


The report book of "trans_2015-2016" has been published! レジデンス・サポート“trans_2015-2016”の報告書が完成しました!

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AIAV - Akiyoshidai International Art Village - Artist in Residence Support Program
The Features of This Land  - “trans_2015-2016

(group exhibition)
ドナルド・アバド Donald Abad (France)
タマシュ・スベット Tamás Szvet (Hungary)
山田哲平 Teppei Yamada (Japan)
クエンリン・サイ Kuenlin Tsai (Taiwan)
マリ・マキオ Mari Makio (Finland)
インセイン・パク Insane Park (Korea)

Opening 27th Feb. 18:30h, Date: 28th Feb.(Sun) – 7th Mar.(Mon) 10:00 – 17:00 

期間:228()37() 100017:00

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