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In this time

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

Gazing at a sandglass is O-san, from Sendai Mediatheque. On the table are seven sandglasses, each different in size and content. They indicate not one- or three-minute intervals, but another sort of time.

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The time intervals in which, for example, “100 babies are born”, or “100 stars cease to shine”, or “one living species vanishes from the face of the Earth”. There is even a sandglass indicating the time Jacques Mayol spent underwater when he set the freediving record descending 100m.
The wood frames were designed by monokraft, a spinoff of their picture frames.

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Here a young girl gazes intently at a sandglass at the STARNET ZONE, Mashiko exhibit.

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In addition to the gallery space, we also set sandglasses on tables in the cafe. Many a visitor felt impelled to test his or her lungs against Jacques Mayol’s…

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The avant-garde composer John Cage’s notorious piece 4’33″ generates no deliberate sounds. During the time it is performed, the audience listens to the sounds of the world around them.
Here too perhaps, visitors listened to the song of a bird, or the droning a cicada, or the rustling of the wind, as they waited for the last grain of sand to fall.

with monokraft (Toru Shimizu and Ken Katsumata)

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The making of the Wind-lit prototype (2000窶笛anuary 2002) (Text in Japanese only; forgive us!)

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The inside is empty.
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thumbnail image In this time: 100 stars cease to shine

Sandglass that marks the stars’ demise
8,000 JPY

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The making of A DAY, starting with a sketch made six months before opening day…

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Conveys not one minute or three, but another sense of time