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Museum Experience

Finding Perceptions

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Overview

We created an installation piece called Finding Perceptions for Wild: Untamed Mind, an exhibition held at the 21_21 Design Sight museum. In this piece, we took on the challenge of using visual communication to convey our own interpretation of the exhibition’s theme, which focuses on “wildness” as the root of human intellect, and explore its true meaning.

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Wild: Untamed Mind was an exhibition held at 21_21 Design Sight under the direction of theorist and anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa. We created the installation piece Finding Perceptions as part of this exhibition. The exhibition focused on the wildness that forms the root of human intellect, and explored the identity and significance of wildness in the modern era, along with methods of drawing out inner wildness from within, through the use of creative pieces and materials. In Finding Perceptions, we attempted to visualize the undeveloped areas of the brain by creating a visual interpretation of the Minakata mandala patterns drawn by the Meiji era historian Minakata Kumagusu. Minakata established his own original scientific methodology, in which returning to a primitive, wild state of mind allows the thinker to see the “dependent origins” of various concepts and things, enabling them to make new discoveries and inventions. In Finding Perceptions, we compared these “dependent origins” to the massive network of countless interconnected neurons that forms the human brain, allowing visitors to experience the Avatamsaka Sutra way of thought that the Minakata mandala signifies —i.e. that all things are interconnected and influence each other.

When the 360º camera installed in the exhibition observed a visitor, the projected images reacted, appearing to depict the transmission of an electric signal between neurons. Through the use of environmental mapping, the space captured by the camera was reflected in the projected images in real time. Through this, visitors were able to become one with the exhibition, as though woven into the globe like a jewel in Indra’s net. This symbolized the dynamic perspective on life that states that the entire universe can fit inside a single jewel through the inter-reflection of the jewel with reality, as summarized by the Buddhist phrase ichisokuta, tasokuitsu, meaning “one is many, and many are one”.

In Finding Perceptions, visitors were able to subconsciously gain an understanding of the true meaning of the exhibition theme by experiencing the installation piece firsthand. Nonverbal methods of visual communication such as this installation piece can be used in art galleries to provide a richer, more meaningful artistic experience to a further reaching audience, crossing linguistic and cultural barriers.

Credits

  • Creative Director/ProducerToshiyuki Hashimoto(The Shift)
  • Technical Director Seiya Nakano(aircord)
  • Software DeveloperHisaki Ito(aircord)
  • Sound designerJEMAPUR
  • SuperviserShinichi Nakazawa