YCAM presents Interactive Art Installation
– gravity and resistanceh
Artist: Seiko Mikami + Sota Ichikawa
Curator: Kazunao Abe (YCAM)
Production: YCAM InterLab; Shiro Yamamoto(director), Talayuki Ito(sound),
Period: May 15 (Saturday) to June
20 (Sunday), 2004
*Note: Closed Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Venue: Yamaguchi Center for Arts
and Media / Studio B
Organized by Yamguchi Cultural Promotion Foundation
Co-organized by Yamaguchi City, the Board of Education of Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
7-7 Nakazono-cho Yamaguchi-city 7530075 JAPAN
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Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) starts a project entitled
"Dialogue between Science and Art."
It aims to present universal science and artistic expressions
in experience able forms through the latest interfacing media technologies.
As the first exhibition of this series, "gravicells - gravity and
resistance" is held from Saturday, May 15 to Sunday, June 20, 2004. It
is a new installation to be experienced, and collaboration by artist
Mikami Seiko and architect Ichikawa Sota. Mikami Seiko has been active
as an artist working mainly on perceptive interfaces. Ichikawa Sota is
an architect leading experimental architectural units "double Negatives."
Note: YCAM InterLab plans a wide range of programs including project
exhibitions, lectures, workshops, study courses, and other activities.
As the programs proceed, the accumulation and research on the trends
of the state-of-the-art media and information technologies will be conducted
in the areas of new-concept-based production method, collaboration, development
of software and hardware, interface design, and display. In further scenarios,
the outcomes are to be developed beyond the framework in the past, to
increase the information literacy and develop cultural activities in the
whole district, as well as provide and promote new educational materials.
In addition, YCAM InterLab aims to make contributions to generate new art
scenes and the international cultural exchange through creating experimental
¡@The key concept of "gravicells"
Gravity and Resistance:
We are in the life environment which is not escaped from gravity.
The project is advanced having a new appreciation of them anew. This
work presents the dynamic processes of the interactions between gravity
and resistance and aware of our bodies and feel the potential of new perception.
In Studio B at YCAM is provided a hypothetical dynamic field, in which
gravity and its resisting power are felt, made by means of specially arranged
equipment and sensors. Walking and standing freely inside this space, participants
can feel gravity on their bodies and its resisting force that they are
normally unaware of. They can also sense the forces that other participants
cause. This is an installation in which the real time movements and changes
of all the participants generate and affect directional sound, LED light,
and projection images of geometrical data, and the participants experience
the whole space change.@This new work was produced by the artists while
they stayed and worked at YCAM. Therefore, the gravity sensors and equipment
used in this exhibition are all developed originally and shown to the public
for the first time.
Note: gravicells: "Cell" is a technical term to represent a space
and architectural unit, or the smallest part of life forms or plant.
The name of this work comes from the relations between gravity and space,
because the artists have tried to visualize gravity and its resisting
force felt in the whole exhibition space---from a sensor unit space to
In the center of the installation space is a 6m x 6m floor with
a built-in sensor. The moment a participant stands and moves on it, the
variation of his or her position, weight, and speed is automatically and
continuously measured, analyzed, and reflected on light, sound, and
image, generating substantial spatial changes. Overlapping the real space,
this simultaneous imaginary space reconstructs the spatial geometry,
and distorts the coordinates through the participant's weight and position.
On the floor screen is projected a grid image to measure density.
It constitutes the geometry that generates and modifies in real time the
coordinates linked to the participant's position and movements. In addition,
the body index is represented by both the multi-channel sound degree
and a level line created by LED light, and set on one's eye level. Through
this continuous data in the light change and sound direction, the space
The place of the installation is simultaneously surveyed by GPS
satellites, so it has the observatory point outside the earth. It expands
our area of perception, and reveals that the installation site itself
is no longer static but always moving by gravity in relativity. The installation
provides us with a device to sense the possibility of the dissolution
of gravity, which has multiple meanings.
The spatial expression of "gravicell-
gravity and resistance" is rendered consistently by the real time calculation
of the dynamics that continues with no interruption (even while no participants
are experiencing the space).The on-going dynamic movements are composed
of the counter powers around gravity, involving the participants as the
third terms. Gravity is not materialized without the reaction force.
¡ Representation about the gravity
used as a background
As it is said, we look up when we are happy, while we look down
when we are sad. Our space is rendered by the orientations of top/bottom
and left/right, which derive from the fact that our bodies function within
the environment of gravity. Our spirit is expressed/bound by gravity.
We believe gods always exist above us, and hell is always underneath us.
Our language is also coming from this directivity regardless of Japanese/foreign
language, for example, it is supposed that an upper class/ lower class,
a right wing/ left wing, top player/bottom price etc...It is supervised
from the word of sinking, falls, goes up etc. It is generated from the
reality that the body is functioning in the environment which gravity commits,
and the directivity of space called right and left under besides clings
deeply to our space concept, no separates to it.
We were just powerless only by merely seeing in front of the figure
of "gravity and resistance" say / "the collapsing twin tower in NY".
Thus, we are in the life environment which is not escaped from
gravity. The rule whofs all that exist on the ground to the form of
a building, indoor space, all of products, the body, internal organs
and cell and all organic matters are gravity changes a form.
Gravity is "1 of four powers to exist in a nature", and is the
weakest power and all existence things are pulling well to each other.
Gravity is not materialized without the reaction force and this work
applied this physical action.
The project is advanced having a new appreciation of them anew.
This work presents the dynamic processes of the interactions between gravity
and resistance. It was made feeling the overwhelming difference of daily
life space and the mass of the earth. It seeks to recompose of gravity
by reconsidering the dialogue between the body and space.
¡ Gravity as an interface of perception
Gravity could be called the 6th consciousness and our body keeps
balance via the inner ears. The relation nature of gravity and the body
is deep. This connection also with the theory used as the same subject
matter as my past work "the interface itself exists inside us." Our body
is equipped with a thing like the consciousness function which detects
gravity, and a gravity sensor. It is said that these gravity sensors progress
at the time of an fetuses when it is in a mother's belly.@And it works,
when we have made a living for a long time, and the function becomes weak.
However, if an artificial cochlea is attached, the investigation that an
old man will not fall over is progressing. As an extended component of consciousness,
it is that, gIn an eye, they are glasses. In ears, it is a hearing-aid.
In gravity, it is artificial internal earh. It seems that the body maintains
balance by the internal ear although the semicircular canal is related
also to carsickness. And it is closely related also to the sense of hearing.
My old work has also been made on the theme of the interface of perception. The point is like "the between/ inter-medium" of
the information interchange of the perception which takes place there
itself or the body which appears in the relation, and space. Since it
is such, I am making the work about gsense of sighth, gsense of hearingh,
gsense of touchh and gsense of gravityh.
¡@Profiles of Artists:
Since 1984, she has exhibited installation works centering on the
theme of information society and body. She was based in New York 1992
to 2000. Since 1995 - present time, her works became interactive media
art installation incorporating human perception. In 1996, she produced
"Molecular Informatics" for Canon ARTLAB Project Exhibition, using the
eye tracking technology. Since then, it has been modified to updated versions,
and toured through Europe including Rotterdam DEAF (Dutch Electronic Art
Festival, the Netherlands, 1996), Miro Museum (Spain, 1999) and Transmedialle,
Berlin (Germany, 2002). In 1997, she showed "World, Membrane and the
Dismembered Body," a work of hearing and internal-body sound, chosen as
a permanent collection at the opening of NTT/ICC (Inter Communication Center)
and Nantes Museum of Fine Arts (France, 2000). She is currently based
in Tokyo, and teaching at Tama Art University of Department of Information
Art and running Media Art Lab. The collection of works was published from
Diputacion de Malaga of Spain in 2004.
Architect. The head of "doubleNegatives."
Since 1995, he has started a project on the theme of spatial expressions,
to investigate different potentials in bringing architecture into existence,
based on the relationships between body and viewpoint/observatory-point.
In 1997, he participated in a project "IO�DENCIES" in Tokyo produced
by Knowbotic Research, German media artist group. In 1997, he joined Lifescape
Institute, and was engaged in the basic and practical architectural design
of "Hinaya Project," a "sukiya" construction of Arakawa Shusaku and Madelaine
Gins. In 1998, he founded "doubleNegatives," an architectural unit that
consists of professionals with different backgrounds. While working as
an architect and director, he personally develops software, net-art, and
conducts VJ at club events. In 2000, he took part in "Kankaku (Sense) Museum"
founded in Miyagi Prefecture, and produced "dqpb #2.0-dynamic quadruple
phonic building," a permanent interactive work for the museum.
¡ Projectfs biography.
"Gravity and Resistance" is being developed into different versions.
Currently it is an ongoing project, and in 2004, after the exhibition
at YCAM, it will tour in Europe.
:"gravicells-gravity and resistance", [YCAM] Yamaguchi Center for
Arts and Media, May 15 to June20 2004, Yamaguchi, Japan.
:"micro gravity" symposium and a workshop, V2 Organisate, Rotterdam,
The Netherlands, June. 
:"gravity and resistance: The Version of the Anechoic Room" .NTT
Intercommunication Center [ICC], March, 2003, Tokyo, Japan.
:"gravity, resistance: particle and flow version" Tama Art University
media center hall, January, 2003, Tokyo, Japan.
©Gravity and Resistance project