0.04 at Knam
Water, LED, Aluminium
Karuizawa New Art Museum, Japan
The idea of this work is based on the ”Shishi‐odoshi” (scaredeer) that is in Japanese garden. It is a device made of bamboo. It tilts as the water fills up and make a sound when it hits the stone on the ground. Although it was originally used to scare away the animals, I found aesthetics there, "MA"(space). If it is complete silence, people forget they are in silence. If there is a sound there, people can feel silence between that sounds. Paradoxically, this is a device that can make us feel silence by sounds. Finding beauty between things is a concept in Japanese aesthetics. In this work, I converted that sound into light. There is darkness between lights. People will recognize the light by darkness, darkness by light.
Light is the most standard phenomenon in this universe. Space and time are defined by light. This work represents the relationship between basic elements of this universe, time and space by light in most simple way and using only two physics, the surface tension of water and gravity. It is only a few representations of this universe that our perception, thought, and imagination can capture. This work abstracts all of the world that we can capture, time, space and light, and furthermore the interval is represented. The consciousness of "MA" will be a hint to reach the deeper figure of this world. 0.04ml is the volume of one water droplet.
Visitors will enter a dark room and see a water drop dripping from the center of the room. The water droplet becomes a lens which refractive index keeps changing, and draws patterns on the floor, walls and ceiling. Patterns keep changing little by little, and same identical pattern will never emerge. Infinite light patterns are projected by two physics, the surface tension of water and gravity. Water droplets will also work as a prism, and rainbows appear on the walls. The sound of water droplets falling on the water will also make you aware of the "MA". Visitors can reconsider the structure and meaning of this world to the simplest relationship of time, space and light which are the fundamental element of this world.
The equipment with the light source will be hanged on the ceiling in the center of the room. The equipment consists of super bright newest LED, heat sink and thin water pipe. In addition, it is possible to deal flexibly according to the location, such as use indoor space or use Pilotis.