Cubes Watched by Hand is an art piece which stimulates people’s imagination through haptic and auditory sensory input as they pick up and move a series of cubes. Imagination is a faculty which likens one thing to another thing, as patterns of stars are likened to objects in the constellations. However, this great power is vanishing in the modern world as technology progresses. My piece is in response to this trend: the participant uses his or her imagination as the wooden cubes are compared to various things.
There are seven exhibition stands in this piece, and each stand has one or two wooden cubes paired with a caption. All the cubes look the same, but the participant notices differences amongst the cubes as he or she picks up and handles them. One cube has an off-center weight; one cube contains liquid; another, a mechanism. The different contents create different sounds and tactile impressions. The captions are small stories that liken the cube to some other thing: a rock, a hammer, a creature, and so on. The combination of story and sensory input invokes the participant’s imagination.
In old Japanese gardens, there is “karesansui,” sand that represents flowing water. There are also rocks in the sand, like islands or mountains rising from the water. Such objects are used to represent elements of nature different from themselves. These representations rely on the power of imagination to evoke things that are not there. Modern people tend to dismiss the traditional attitude.
IAMAS WORKS 2016
Ogaki Mini Maker Faire