Kotaro Maetani “Emergencies! 021 ‘Further/Nearer’ 2013”

NTT ICC Inter Communication Center

poster for Kotaro Maetani “Emergencies! 021 ‘Further/Nearer’ 2013”

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Screens reflect two types of bright, orange-colored light against a black background— one creating blurred, round-edged squares and one forming horizontal bars with bleeding edges. As the light intensity decreases little by little, the silhouettes of both types of light gradually become more clearly discernible. When the projections are dimmed and seem to melt into the black around them, they transform into clearly outlined shapes of rectangles or horizontal bars, after which the nearly black objects’ light intensity increases, blurring their silhouettes again.

For these projections, Maetani uses a self–built device, the construction of which resembles a pinhole camera that transfers light through a tiny pinhole without using a lens. Equipped with a video camera inside, the device’s body has an approximately 10x10 cm square opening instead of a pinhole. This is why here the subject is translated/reduced to elements of light, color, and shape, without completely focusing into an image. When shining light onto this device and then slowly moving the light source away, the figuration of the light that falls through the opening changes, as do the square silhouettes and the texture of the light, resulting in a gradual decrease in brightness.

These light installations record the transforming relationship between a light source and a camera that projects it while existing outside of the visibly projected light, thus portraying the interrelation between the distance, intensity, and configuration of light. By reducing images to elements of light, color, and shape, the artist encourages the viewer to reconsider both the viewed object the act of viewing itself.

*This exhibition is part of Open Space 2013.

[Image: Kotaro Maetani “Further/Nearer”]



from October 29, 2013 to March 02, 2014
Closed12/28 (Sat)–1/3 (Fri) for winter holidays and on 2/9 (Thurs) for maintenance.


Kotaro Maetani



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