Tatsuo Miyajima, ‘HITEN-no.8’, 2021, Full Color LEDs, IC, electric wire, wooden shelf

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.