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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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Covering the years 1996 to 2002, from Sound Bum to our first exhibition…(Text in Japanese only; forgive us!)

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Are you docking?

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Sandglass that marks the stars’ demise
8,000 JPY

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Stone pavement, now and then. A residence in Asagaya, TYO

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Lighting on the KEPCO building in Osaka that reflects the movements of the wind