ARAKAWA + GINS

Yoro Park – Site of Reversible Destiny
“The couple first fully explored Reversible Destiny in what is regarded as their seminal gallery piece, “The Mechanism of Meaning,” an ever-evolving manifesto-cum-artwork begun in 1963, comprising 80 panels that they refined and added to over decades, many of them high-concept diagrams and puzzles with instructions and text (“A Mnemonic Device for Forgetting,” “Think One, Say Two”), made primarily of acrylic and mixed media on canvas. In an accompanying précis to the work, which was exhibited at the Guggenheim in 1997, they prescribed “no more irretrievable disappearances” and declared death “old-fashioned.” Critical opinion differs on how seriously the pair, whose work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and Paris’s Centre Pompidou, took the grandiose quest to end death. But if it was intended as metaphor, neither of them ever let on. Indeed, though Arakawa himself died at 73, in 2010, and Gins four years later, at the age of 72, defying death became the defining work of their lives.”

LAWRENCE MALSTAF

Nemo Observatorium
File Festival

Si on pouvait décrire Nemo Observatorium, on en parlerait comme d’une pièce, une chambre plutôt, qui n’aurait la possibilité d’être visitée que par une ou deux personnes maximum. Dans Nemo Observatorium, le visiteur se place au centre d’un cylindre transparent et appuie sur un bouton. Ce bouton déclenche alors un tourbillon qui fait voltiger à très haute vitesse des petites bulles de polystyrène qui se déplacent trop rapidement pour être suivies par l’œil humain. La personne située à l’intérieur décide de la durée de la tornade ( tornado ). La tornade fonctionne à partir de 5 gros ventilateurs. Un situé en dessous du spectateur et 4 autres autour du cylindre.

marnix de nijs

PIVOT POINT – ICHIHARA
‘Pivot Point – Ichihara’ is an interactive site-specific installation. Standing on a controller pod you navigate over and through a 3D terrain where gravity seems to have disappeared, you gradually become tele-present in a parallel projected space by exploring a mediated version of the venue, it’s direct surroundings and the Ichihara region. A cinematic journey to a fascinating point cloud realm, precise in details but simultaneously abstract and dreamlike.The kidney shaped interface is covered with capacitive sensors and mounted on a pole, touching this interface right, left, up or down aims the virtual camera accordingly. When you release the navigation pole the virtual camera automatically starts spiralling back to the initial starting point your journey and temporary centre of the universe, the Asohbara Art House.