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As the sun sees it

From The Works of Living World @ STARNET ZONE (Mashiko, 2005)

Seen here, floating in virtual space, is STARNET ZONE (the building housing our exhibit). The view, as it would appear in real time if seen from the Sun, rotates slowly. This is what it would look like shortly after 10am.


The display was framed in shikkui (Japanese lime plaster) to match the gallery wall.


This ever-changing view from the sun at any given moment is a natural clock. By way of comparison, this is the view “as the sun sees it” at around 1am.


Shunichiro Kuriyama, who was also involved in the development of the au application Live Earth, did the programming on the project.
I had phoned Kuriyama after thinking about him one day; he came over to the office, and in the process of talking, we got all fired up, and…that’s how it all began.

We had started out talking about the solar system that night, which led to discussion about things like the fact that seen from the sun, the moon travels not in a circular but a zigzag motion, and then wondering what Earth’s movement looks like from the Moon, and before long we agreed emphatically that we wanted to see it! “Well then, I’ll give it (the programming) a go,” Kuriyama said, and left. This was about three or four months before the show.

with Shunichiro Kuriyama (KARHU)
Production assistance: Hideki Takayama (Takayama woodworking shop), Ryosuke Kimura, Toru Morita

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