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Installtion Veiw : "INSIGHT VISION - Opening Event of Media Center" Tama Art University, Tokyo, 2001
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Indirect / Outside for Inside
Interactive Installation
Cylinder of Metal, fake fur,
Macintosh, Max/Msp(Software), pressure sensor,
headphones(vibrated by sound), Projector
Size : 210 (Height) x 85 (Diameter) cm

Special Thanks to: Nezu Tomoyuki(Max programming)
Saito factory(Cylinder)
/ Description and Concept /

Vertical cylinder of metal is covered with faux fur and pressure sensors. Numerous images of "icon of hands for digital tools" are projected to floor from ceiling, and rotating around this cylinder. Cylinder has a door, so that visitor who stepped inside with headphones.

The other visitor touch and hug this cylinder from the outside, "icon of hands" are rotating by pressure sensors, and finally hands are gathering to screen on the top of the cylinder.

When "icon of hands" approach center, the audience inside will hear the sound of explosion with vibration by headphones.

Despite the experience in real space, this indirect embrace represent "spatial metaphor" for media communication.

The audience will control "icon of hands" and give virtual hug by using whole body. Paradoxically, the audience will re-experienced sense of body which is lost when communicate with others far off by media technology.

The final images of this artwork is desire, delusion, appetite for communication which will come to audience's mind.

/ Exhibition history /
"INSIGHT VISION" Opening Exhibition for Media Center in Tama art university, Tokyo, JP, 2001

("INSIGHT VISION" was the openning annual exhibition for the completion of Media Center in Tama Art University. )

Curator: Toshiharu ITO
Artists: Jean-Louis BOISSIER, Tjebbe VAN TIJEN, Tom DRAHOS, Chris MARKER, Shiro TAKAHASHI, Chihiro MINATO, Seiko MIKAMI, Akihiro KUBOTA, Fuyuki YAMAKAWA, Adoka NIITSU, etc

/ Reference /

This interactive installation was inpired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Descent into the Maelström” which is an short story about the man and whirlpool.

The media analyst Marshall McLuhan used this story as a metaphor for how we can survive from big whirlpool of media information.

Left image: Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe's story
"Descent into the Maelstrom" by Harry Clarke (1889-1931),
published in 1919