Through this artwork, I am aiming to create a method to visualize empathy.
When you touch animals, you can feel their power, for example, the heartbeat, the body temperature, the texture of the fur or skin, and so on. This is also true when we simply hug another person. There are times when, through a hug, we can feel the person’s happiness or sadness or anger. This power is an important aspect of making a positive connection with others. In this installation, I use a few lighting spheres and acrylic poles. When people interact with a sphere, there will be changes in light and sound. The real-time analog feedback depends on the power or strength of the touch. If the touch is gentle, the light becomes slightly dim. If the touch is very strong, the light may become dark. Once there is no interaction, the light will become bright again.
With this installation, I want to show how, through simple interactions, we make new relationships with others and might be made aware that each and every one of these can contribute to the strengthening of humankind. I believe this is the true meaning of empathy.
Title: 17th Athens Digital Arts Festival
Date: October 13th- 17th, 2021
Location: Museum of Modern Greek Culture, Athens, Greece
Title: 「中津ＡＲＴ！ＡＲＴ！ＡＲＴ！ フェスティバル」
Date: 2020.09.26, 2020.10.03 – 11.08
Location: 中津城石垣, 中津市, 大分県
Sound Designer: Yuichi NAKAMURA
中津城石垣, 中津市, 大分県