静寂: 日本ーフィンランド
[チェリーブロッサムシンポジュウム 2001年 4月]
主催 日本フィンランドデザイン協会
The Quietnes: Japan-Finland
[Cherry Brossom Symposium]
Japan Finland Design Association
静けさとエネルギー (宇宙へ)
"The design of silence"
Silence and motion
Silence and Energy (to the universe)
I participated in an inspection tour to see a space shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
I was deeply impressed by the event, which consumed huge energy in an instant as an intense occurrence far beyond an everyday event. It consisted of a combination of the greatest sound that man makes, such as the roaring sound in the body, a glint of light that makes a neighbor of all light, and a speed that vanishes from one's field of view in an instant. In order to launch a few objects and a few human beings out of Earth's atmosphere, the fearful quantity of energy which must be expended was also one of the intense impressions I experienced.
It seems that the quantity of energy thus consumed is deeply related to the silence and loudness that we somehow feel. Progress which increases the quantity of consumption should not lead us to ensuing time. Few forms and few functions of energy consumption should certainly have priority, and a quiet interlude should come over us. However, it is also clear that the new energy, which is "information" on energy, is beginning to surround us. How will this intangible monument which the 20th century built be changed during the next century?
静けさと時間 (明治神宮と原宿)
Silence and Time (Meiji Shrine and Harajuku)
There is an area that has two adjacent contrastive images in the heart of Tokyo. Meiji Shrine is a traditional religious space, dating from ancient times, in a quiet woodland. Three million people visit Meiji Shrine on the first day of the New Year, and pray for safety for the year. Furthermore, people who visit the shrine for various ceremonies are satisfied by the weight of its tradition and its naturally calm atmosphere.
Adjoining the shrine is Harajuku, a young people's world where the present time governs all. Time as well as things that are materialized only by sensitivity constitute another world somewhat beyond the everyday world, and bring about a time that seems weightless and has a random motion. The same time and the same air drift in these two different spaces. There is no dividing of time here and the common time flows slowly.
However, trains that carry great numbers of people continuously run through this common area. It is a kind of boundary line as shown on an inorganic map that minces sound and motion at exact intervals. It seems that this boundary line bears the role of being a fence that prevents the common area from becoming unified.
静けさと速度 (動く作品)
回転の動きをもった作品を制作している私にとって、作品の回転の速度は重要な表現の要素になっている。作品の大小や形、置かれる場所によって速度は変わるが基本的には人間の日常的なテンポが基準になっている。回転数で云えば1分間に4、5回転ぐらいが最も安心できる速度なのである。つまり、ゆっくり歩いているテンポであり、動きを動きとして感じる最もゆっくりした速さでもある。つまり、動きから発生する音を感じさせない静かな速度も作品の意味の一つになっている。 さらに、動きによる形で新たな音をイメージさせる作品でもある。
Silence and Speed (work which moves )
For me, engaged in making works of art with a rotational motion, the speed of rotation of a work is the element of important expression. Although the speed of my work is changed in speed by the size of a work, its form, and its placement, the everyday tempo of people has been the basic standard speed in my work. Numbers of rotations such as four or five rotations per minute rest easily in my mind.
In other words, the basic tempo is much the same as walking slowly and equal to the slowest speed at which we feel a motion as a motion. It is a feature of my work that one does not sense the sound of movement.
Furthermore, each work also makes a new sound imagined in the form by motion.