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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Life (Ku-wall) - no.3’, 2014
Tatsuo Miyajima
Life (Ku-wall) - no.3, 2014
24 LEDs, IC, microcomputer programmed by Mr. Ikegami, electric wire, passive sensor, smoked glass, stainless steel
80 (h) x 80 x 15 cm
31½ (h) x 31½ x 6 in
2/21
Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter me on 13’, 2003
Tatsuo Miyajima
Counter me on 13, 2003
Neon, stainless steel mirror, IC controller, electric wire
2-part, 138 (h) x 45,5 x 12,5 cm
54¼ (h) x 18 x 5 in

The numbers 1-9 light up in different speeds on both displays.
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Object - 000’, 2020
Tatsuo Miyajima
Counter Object - 000, 2020
Colored mirror
200 (h) x 120 x 2 cm
78¾ (h) x 47¼ x ¾ in
4/21
Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Painting on Chinese Fabric’, 2021
Tatsuo Miyajima
Counter Painting on Chinese Fabric, 2021
Acrylic on Chinese fabric from the Qing dynasty
16,3 x 57,3 cm
6½ x 22½ in
5/21
Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘„KU“ drawn in Red’, 2016
Tatsuo Miyajima
„KU“ drawn in Red, 2016
Ink on paper
35,8 x 50,5 cm
14 x 20 in
6/21
Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘„KU“ drawn in 20 Minutes’, 2017
Tatsuo Miyajima
„KU“ drawn in 20 Minutes, 2017
Ink on paper
54,5 x 79 cm
21½ x 31 in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180305’, 2018
Tatsuo Miyajima
Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180305, 2018
Ink on paper
56,6 x 57,2 cm
22¼ x 22½ in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180305 (Detail)’, 2018
Tatsuo Miyajima
Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180305 (Detail), 2018
Ink on paper
56,6 x 57,2 cm
22¼ x 22½ in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘HITEN-no.8’, 2021
Tatsuo Miyajima
HITEN-no.8, 2021
Full Color LEDs, IC, electric wire, wooden shelf
172,5 (h) x 208,2 x 15,2 cm
68 (h) x 82 x 6 in

Keep changing, connect with everything, and continue forever are the three conceptual underpinnings of Tatsuo Miyajima’s multifaceted work.

The new works from the HITEN series explore these guiding principles with minimalist precision. LEDs are arranged on small, wall-mounted consoles and change color after each countdown cycle. Tatsuo Miyajima sees this as a reference to reincarnation in Buddhism (Samsara); Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of eternal return (Ewige Wiederkehr) also comes to mind here. The work’s title, Hiten, is a reference to a painted angel inside the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China. This angel, donning a vibrantly colored vestment, flies freely in the sky without being controlled by anyone.
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Unstable Time C-no.6’, 2020
Tatsuo Miyajima
Unstable Time C-no.6, 2020
80 LEDs, IC, electric wire, nylon fabric, switching power supply
160 (h) x 160 x 1 cm
63 (h) x 63 x ½ in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘HITEN-no.14’, 2021
Tatsuo Miyajima
HITEN-no.14, 2021
Full Color LEDs, IC, electric wire, wooden shelf
102,8 (h) x 121,7 x 12,8 cm
40½ (h) x 48 x 5 in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Detail of HITEN-no.14’, 2021
Tatsuo Miyajima
Detail of HITEN-no.14, 2021
Full Color LEDs, IC, electric wire, wooden shelf

This is a detail image of HITEN-no.14 from Tatsuo Miyajima's most recent series HITEN. LEDs are arranged on small, wall-mounted consoles and change color after each countdown cycle.
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Innumerable Counts Circle - digital font’, 2017
Tatsuo Miyajima
Innumerable Counts Circle - digital font, 2017
computer print on paper, unique
108,2 × 108,2 cm
42½ × 42½ in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Innumerable Counts Circle - digital font (detail)’, 2017
Tatsuo Miyajima
Innumerable Counts Circle - digital font (detail), 2017
computer print on paper, unique
108,2 × 108,2 cm
42½ × 42½ in
15/21
Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘C.T.C.S. Flower Dance no. 3’, 2017
Tatsuo Miyajima
C.T.C.S. Flower Dance no. 3, 2017
Light Emitting Diode white, electric wire, mirror glass, stainless steel frame
12-part, 340 (h) x 108 x 10 cm
133¾ (h) x 42½ x 4 in

Controlled by a complex algorithm, which despite its apparent randomness is in fact subject to a precise logic – the numbers 1-9 light up in a hypnotic rhythm. Inspired by Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura), the individual LEDs are arranged to resemble falling flowers on the reflecting surfaces. A poetic excursion on space and time takes shape in the interplay between the surroundings and each of the reflecting units.

The white LED numeric displays have been mounted in square-shaped reflective panels. Twelfe of these panels go to make up this work and are each fixed to the wall at slightly different angles so as to reflect the surrounding space and thus creating an interrelationship between time and space.
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘C.T.C.S. Flower Dance no. 5’, 2017
Tatsuo Miyajima
C.T.C.S. Flower Dance no. 5, 2017
Light Emitting Diode blue, electric wire, mirror glass, stainless steel frame
9-part, 166 (h) x 166 x 10 cm
65¼ (h) x 65¼ x 4 in

In this wall piece, the blue LED numeric displays have been mounted in square-shaped reflective panels. Several of these panels go to make up a work and are each fixed to the wall at slightly different angles so as to reflect the surrounding space and thus creating an interrelationship between the viewer and space.

Controlled by a complex algorithm, which despite its apparent randomness is in fact subject to a precise logic – the numbers 1-9 light up in a hypnotic rhythm. Inspired by Japanese cherry blossoms (sakura), the individual LEDs are arranged to resemble falling flowers on the reflecting surfaces. A poetic excursion on space and time takes shape in the interplay between the surroundings and each of the panels.
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180306’, 2018
Tatsuo Miyajima
Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180306, 2018
Ink on paper
54,6 x 78,8 cm
21½ x 31 in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180218’
Tatsuo Miyajima
Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180218
Ink on paper
36,1 x 26,1 cm
14¼ x 10¼ in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Counter Sculpture’, 2000
Tatsuo Miyajima
Counter Sculpture, 2000
Mirror, tape
226 x 390 cm
89 x 153½ in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180302’, 2018
Tatsuo Miyajima
Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180302, 2018
Ink on paper
50,4 x 76,8 cm
19¾ x 30¼ in
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Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180218’
Tatsuo Miyajima
Hand-drawn Innumerable Counts 20180218
Ink on paper
26,1 x 36,1 cm
10¼ x 14¼ in