In October 2017, “Wild Nature Exhibition: Untamed Sensations and Thoughts” was held at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT under the direction of Mr. Shinichi Nakazawa. aircord was involved in the production of an installation that tried to visualize the “Causation” advocated by Minakata Kumagusu, and to visualize the “unexplored areas of the brain” that Kumagusu was interested in. The brain, a huge network of nerve cells possessed by everyone, can be likened to the large-scale structure of the universe or the hypertrophied internet. We thought that those concepts could be extended to Indra’s net expounded in the Avataṃsaka Sūtra, namely, to the concept of a southern mandala drawn by Kumagusu.
In this work, when a 360-degree camera detects a visitor, the image captured by the camera is reflected inside the work in real time, responding as if electrical signals were transmitted between the neurons (nerve cells). As a result, visitors will become part of the work and be incorporated into the sphere as if they were jewels in Indra’s net. By having the jewels and the real space reflect each other, a dynamic view of life is symbolized that “one is the whole, and the whole is one,” where the entire universe fits inside one jewel.
- ProducerToshiyuki Hashimoto (aircord)
- Director / Concept DesignSeiya Nakano (aircord)
- Software Developer / ProjectionHisaki Ito (aircord)
- Sound designerJEMAPUR