FADING SHADOWS / 影が消えていくこと
Interactive light installation / 600W light / dimension variable / 2016
光の参加型インスタレーション照明 (600W)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.

Fading Shadows is a light path leads into the gallery, which visitors need to pass. The installation vanishing the ‘proof of existence‘- as philosophy describe our own shadow. Peoples lose their shadows in Haruki Murakami’s novel: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World* (1985).Without shadow, they also losing their mind and forget the past. Sometimes they only have a half shadow, and so they search for the other half. As a symbolic act, visitors enter or leave the exhibition without shadow, and so they need to search for it. 


* Haruki Murakami 村上 春樹Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World / 世界の終りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド Translator: Alfred Birnbaum, Kodansha International (JPN), 1985.  ISBN 978-4-7700-1544-0

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!

Read it online.:

AIAV trans_2015-2016 interview video

The Features of This Land  - “trans_2015-2016
(group exhibition)

AIAV - Akiyoshidai International Art Village - Artist in Residence Support Program

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 (Admission free)


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