TOKYO GARDEN / Exhibition
Reminiscence of the Unknown,
Image and Matter || Digitally Natural, Naturally Digital || Sehnsucht nach Masse
Yoichi Ochiai (JP)
- A virtual gallery tour of Yoichi Ochiai's exhibition held in 2020 Summer, Shibuya, Tokyo. The theme of the solo exhibition, entitled "Reminiscence of the Unknown", is a fascination with mass for the sake of the concept of the mediation of images and materials, computers and nature, and the mediation of the massive and the immaterial. The butterfly motif used throughout the exhibition is a symbol of materialization: the transformation of material things, from classic platinum prints to lithographic prints with thin film interference, displays with ultrasonic controlled reflective luster, and a contemporary take on 19th century projection equipment. Through some of his interpretive works, he questions what massiveness means that cannot be translated into data and evokes the longing we feel for nature and landscape.
- Director’s message
- This work is a documentation of Ochiai’s the exhibition filled with his confrontation with nature and his deep spirit of inquiry makes us reflect on the time when the relationship between nature and the human being must be reconstructed, so-called Anthropocene, and the many lives that we are forced to recognize through the Covid-19. Through works that are not used by technology, but rather expressed through coexistence and resonance, it makes us ponder a future that has no answers.
Yoichi Ochiai (JP)
Born in 1987. Media artist. Ph.D. (Applied Computer Science / University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies in 2 years the fastest record). Director of the Center for the Development and Research of Digital Nature, University of Tsukuba, Associate Professor and JST CREST xDiversity Project Research Leader. Awards include World Technology Award in 2015, Prix Ars Electronica in 2016, STARTS Prize from the EU, Laval Virtual Award five times in a row for four years until 2017, SXSW Creative Experience ARROW Awards 2019 and more. His recent publications include Digital Nature (PLANETS), The World Atlas of 2030 (SB Creative), and a photo book, Adoring the Mass (amana). With the statement "Confront the materializing computer nature and ruminate on the longing and affection between mass and images," he continues to explore and express himself beyond the framework of research and artistic activities.
- Artist: Yoichi Ochiai
Cinematographer: Yoichi Ochiai, Kaori Uemura (UN), Minemura Hiroyuki (Tomato Red Motion), Shonosuke Kokawa (amana), Daisuke Abe (bird and insect)