Nelo Akamatsu “Chozumaki/Chijikinkutsu”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

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In recent years, Akamatsu has exhibited installations using devices and in 2015 won the Golden Nica Grand Prix at the Ars Electronica international media art competition held in Austria. Akamatsu has produced works in a wide variety of mediums including performance, video, three-dimensions, and paint. In this exhibition, will showcase Golden Nica award winning Chijikinkutsu alongside the installation Chozumaki.

Chozumaki consists of sounds from the whirlpools created in water inside of a glass container. The work is made up of a glass bottle and a horn-shaped pipe. The whirlpools are created by a spinning magnet inside the bottle. A complex mix of sounds is created as the whirlpool causes cavitation and the bubbles burst. This is further magnified as the bubbles pass through the glass and pipe. Whirlpools occur throughout nature and follow the golden ratio. Water is another important element in this work. Just as the washbasin in front of teahouse is meant for purification before leaving the everyday world and entering the world of tea, the water and the whirlpool inside the glass container represents the divide between the world of the living and the world beyond.

Chijikinkutsu is a word Akamatsu coined by combining *chijiki *(geomagnetism) and suikinkutsu (an earthen jar that makes a sound when water drips into it). Earth’s magnetism cannot be felt by humans but creatures such as migratory birds, bees, and some bacteria move according to it. In a cup full of water floats magnetized needles. The countless needle points are drawn to the magnetic field, making a minute sound and creating rhythm within the space.

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from April 04, 2018 to April 28, 2018
Closed on Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays

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Nelo Akamatsu

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