Tatsuo Miyajima at the Bangkok Art Biennale
Tatsuo Miyajima is participating in the Bangkok Art Biennale where the Japanese artist presents Changing Landscape / Changing Wall.
Changing Landscape / Changing Wall is a project in which five digital numbers drilled into a wall are changed every day according to the number (0-9) on a ten-sided dice. The landscape of the outside world seen through the holes drilled in the wall changes its appearance every day as a 'numerical landscape' cut by chance.
The numbers represent 'time'. And this 'time' is equal to 'life'. The numbers 1-9 indicate 'life', while at 0, the outside landscape is invisible, leaving the wall behind. This indicates 'death'.
Miyajima’s supremely technological works have centred on his use of digital light-emitting diode (LED) counters, or ‘gadgets’ as he calls them, since the late 1980s. These numbers, flashing in continual and repetitious – though not necessarily sequential – cycles from 1 to 9, represent the journey from life to death, the finality of which is symbolized by ‘0’ or the zero point, which consequently never appears in his work. This theory derives partially from humanist ideas, the teachings of Buddhism, as well as from his core artistic concepts: ‘Keep Changing’, ‘Connect with All’, and ‘Goes on Forever’. Miyajima’s LED numerals are all aligned with his interests in continuity, connection and eternity, as well as with the flow and span of time and space.
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