Saturday, February 07, 2009

First Time on Snow: Akira Hasegawa's, Digital Kakejiku, D-K Live at Thunderbird Valley

This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m. in Osaka, and packed my bags to go to the Thunderbird Valley Ski Run on Tateyama Mountain. I'll take the JR West Train, the Thunderbird, from Kyoto to Toyama, then a Toyama local train to the station nearest to Thunderbird Valley---but I'm not going to ski. No, I'll be waiting for sunset, when Akira Hasegawa's Digital Kakejiku, D-K Live, brilliant, intensely-colored, abstract images that slowly move will be projected, this time, on cold, pristine, powdered snow. The reflection ratio of light on white, silvery snow is almost 99% (about the same as a mirror), so the bright lights and colors should really amaze my brain! I am wondering what kind of signals will be generated in my brain from seeing the kaleidoscopic D-K Live images projected directly on the snow this evening? I'm imagining how the crystalline whiteness of snow will transform the D-K Live images that I have experienced in so many other settings. Tonight my eyes will witness the magic of D-K Live, but this time, on snow.


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I checked in at Tateyama Kokusai Hotel and the hotel man took me to the Thunderbird Valley by the car. Akira Hasegawa was in the attendant bangalow installed for the snow festival on ski run. He had been talked with a program announcer of live remote broadcasting for this evening's snow festival. I made the greetings with Akira and he took me outside on ski run where he introduced me to Mr.Hamaguchi, the director of this festival. On the ski run slope, trigonal pyramids like lamps for a summer fesitival were queued up and a snow dome and a slope for sleigh run were prepared for kids play. The mountain was not fully covered with snow and I could see it with bared trees, without any dusts of snow.


送信者 d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)


D-K lights were projected on ski run when it became rather dark after five o'clock, when my eyes got reflection of Digital Kakejiku lights on the snow.


送信者 d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)


First, Kids were noticed with D-K lights and started to yelp with delight. Girls run around on snow and boys dig up snow with their shoes on the ski run where D-K lights colored it in red. Adults stood still wondering what this was and began taking pictures in front of the snow dome.

送信者 d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)


送信者 d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)

Digital Kakejiku had been installed in several histroical places as shrines and temples of the world heritages in Japan for a decade. This was the 95th Live performance for Akira Hasegawa that he performed his D-K art in this Tateyama Mountain ski resort as celebrating its snow festival. The live performance here on the snow was very first time for him. He commented that ski run was one of his favorite places where he longed for its installation.




送信者 d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)



送信者 d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)



送信者 d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)


d-k at Thunderbird Ski Run, Toyama (2009-02-07)

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