Year of Birth
Country of Birth
What does it mean to own time?
"Time" as to be purchased as an artwork has become a framed image of clock with a function.
Dehumidifying beads and water packed in an hourglass-shaped glass container. By extracting moisture in the air in the venue during the exhibition, it functions as a recording device of time and space.
When I visit overseas, I often feel a different sense of time than in Japan. People's walking speed, escalator speed, car speed, conversation speed. People and things placed in an environment have different times.
I decided to use a time machine called a tape recorder to control the time of everyday life of people in Guangzhou. Extending and compressing time around a cassette tape bought at a used electric town. Observing time from the perspective of a machine visualizes the invisible flow of time.
Time dilation in special relativity theory is called the “Urashima effect” in science fiction terms.
The “Urashima effect” comes from the story of the fairy tale “Taro Urashima”. The story of Taro Urashima was reorganized as a modern version with a moral lesson from the Meiji era to the Showa era, but it was an interesting local lore when I traced it back.
According to the “Tango no kuni Fudoki” (The records of Tango Province), when Taro Urashima (Shimako Tsutsukawa) was fishing on a boat, he caught a five-colored turtle, which transformed into a beautiful woman. It is said that 300 years ...
Year of Birth
Country of Birth
A vinyl record made of ice, by freezing water in a silicon mold. As time goes by the ice record melts, and the music evaporates.
As the ice starts to melt, the music becomes a refrain. The sound dies away when the grooves completely melt away. The moment at which the recorded sound becomes a memory, phrases get burnt into your brain, echoing like auditory hallucinations. It is impossible for ice to retain its form at room temperature. There is a similarly to a memory.
When two things with periodicity are shifted and overlapped, things may appear that didn’t exist beforehand. In the spatial domain this interference fringe is called “moire” and in the temporal domain interference waves are called “beats”. When the two sheets of perforated metal are overlapped and shifted, the dot pattern appears to change in scale. This is a visual resonance effect and is also a kind of moire. Staring at the dynamically changing dot pattern, it seems that the image is directly received by the eyeground, and the sense of perspective and time begins to sway.
Yagi often employs recording media into his works, mixing functionalities of the visual and the sound. In this work, a page from a book is covered with magnetic cassette tapes, and both tapes and texts contain the same information. When the medium to convey the information is changed, what would change and what would remain the same?
*The text is from Die Verwandlung [The Metamorphosis] by Franz Kafka.