In order to mediate between the massive landscapes composed by original nature and the massless landscapes described by digital nature, Yoichi Ochiai continues to create artwork for transforming scenery. Between mass and masslessness, he is searching for a longing for mass and a sentiment for pixels. This work was originally created with the aim of transforming the horizons seen from the city. Light and images are added to the line that forms the boundary between sky and earth. Using a computational machine and a display device, the work depicts the “transformation of materialized nature” on the borderline of ideas visible from the observatory location. Carrying the concept further, a digital installation is created in various spaces by deploying mass-less images at the scale of the body as interactions with a large-scale transparent display to mediate various landscapes.
This installation employs the context of space as a borrowed landscape, and by displaying digital images without mass, it highlights the materializing potential of space and continues to mediate between the image and the material world. With this installation, the artist explores the possibilities of images floating in space, expressing our innate craving for physicality and the division between the physical and the digital.
Mayuna Omurai (visual / technical assistant), Kazu Zamasu (Engineering), Natsuki Matsunaga (Engineer), Kotaro Tanaka (Visual Design), Life is Style Inc (System / Sponsorship)
The project is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan
This project is presented in the framework of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.