Tuesday, July 10, 2007



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KOBE, June 28 – Media artist, Akira Hasegawa, discussed new directions for media art

with fellow artists at “Robot/Media/Art”, a Symposium sponsored by Kobe Biennale 2007,

at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, this afternoon. Afterwards, at sunset, he

demonstrated his creation, Digital Kakejiku, with a dazzling D-K Live show of computer-controlled light, color and abstract patterns projected directly onto the waterfront façade of

the museum and the Marina Stage, adjacent to Nagisa Park. Because the museum, the

Marina Stage and Nagisa Park are located in the New Metropolis area, in the Eastern Water

Redevelopment section, the D-K Live installation could be seen from vantage points all

over Kobe.

The D-K Live installation at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art was serene and

stunning as always. The geometric clarity of Tadao Ando’s architecture --- particularly the

vast flight of steps connecting the museum to the waterfront --- made an excellent backdrop for Akira Hasegawa’s light projections. The slight mist in the air, the sound of the

sea against the wharf, all contributed to a beautiful sensory experience.


Digital Kakejiku is an original concept and technique developed by the artist Akira

Hasegawa. He has used his knowledge of film, video and cyber arts to invent a unique

sensitizing instrument, which he calls D-K. D-K is a projection method for lighting up a large area (architectural or

natural surroundings) with random sequences of abstract images that appear still, but are actually undergoing constant sow change. If you look away for a minute, the image will be totally transformed. D-K comprises a projection of constantly updated

pixels of computer generated art. Its pixels are sequentially updated, so with D-K, there is no FPS rate, as with conventional film or video. It is perceived just like

the setting sun…as slow, almost imperceptible change. D-K’s abstract patterns and colors

are created by capturing cosmic noise and encoding it into digital data. When these images

are reproduced via a computer using Hasegawa-created software, it turns into an

artistic masterpiece…D-K Live.

Hasegawa has on the technique for over a decade, first using computer monitors,

then video projectors. He sees D-K as an architectural material, able to actively engage and

transform any context, applicable at a scale ranging from an urban event to a computer

screensaver. Because it is constantly changing, it is practically impossible to freeze-frame exactly the same image twice.

The possibilities of infinite variation have already attracted wide attention. D-K Live

installations have been presented on several contemporary art museums, on the three most

famous medieval, Samurai-era castles and ancient shrines in Japan, at Yuyuan Gardens in

Shanghai, within Tokyo’s new, architecturally stunning Roppongi Hills


complex and, under the auspices of UNESCO, at the Acropolis in Athens and the

Shiretoko Peninsula of Hokkaido, both of which are World Heritage sites.

Hasegawa’s D-K Live installation on the Richard Meier-designed new San Jose City

Hall, a part of last August’s ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge and

the 13th International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA 2006), was included in The

2007 Public Art Year in Review, presented on June 3, 2007 at The Americans for the Arts

Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV. The Public Art Network (PAN) established The

Public Art Year in Review in 2001 to celebrate the most successful, innovative, and

exciting public art projects in the United States. It is an honor to be one of only 40 projects

recognized from among over 300 by this year’s guest jurors, Larry Kirkland and Miwon

Kwan. Submitted to PAN by Mary Rubin, Senior Project Manager, San Jose Public Art

Program, Hasegawa’s installation won the only Recognition Award in the entire United

States for art projects with his first show in America.

Although D-K Live is easily perceived as “high tech”, its purpose is to regain the natural

rhythms of life for the 21st Century. It is an entirely new living art form that transcends

time and engulfs space. It is the interval between one moment and the next, the infinite

world in an instant. It is like an endless sunset, like the space between the lines of a haiku, between colors, between sounds, between times…the essence of Japanese art, updated for a digitized world.

In fact, the Kakejiku in D-K refers to the decorative, seasonal and regularly changed

hanging scrolls displayed in the traditional tokonoma alcove, the spiritual heart of the Japanese home.


Hasegawa’s D-K Live installation, sponsored by Kobe Biennale 2007, at the Marina

Stage through the weekend, is designed to introduce his art to the city. Later on this year,

his D-K Live installation will become the nighttime symbol of the prestigious Kobe

Biennale when projected onto its site, October 6 to November 25, 2007. Other Kobe

Biennale 2007-sponsored D-K Live installations this summer include: Porto Bazaar in

Kobe City, July 20-22; Hyogo Prefectural Hall (Kokan Building), August 21-22.

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1 comment:

Jérôme Poitevin said...

What is really new with digital painting ?

Jerome Poitevin