Carsten Nicolai + Marko Peljhan "polarm [mirrored]" installation view

Carsten Nicolai + Marko Peljhan new installation "polarm [mirrored]"

Date/Time :
2010-11-13 (sat)-2011-02-06 (sun)
Closed :
Tuesdays (the following day if Tuesday is a national holiday), December 28 - January 4
Venue :
Studio A /
Admission :


* Exhibition website

Decennial environmental observations in art focusing on a global informational network's polar areas
The "polar" project centers on fixed-point observations of the earth's natural and informational environment from an artist's position. The previous polar I, presented in Tokyo in 2000, introduced a network-based original search engine, developed in order to observe the earth as an environment based on a variety of information. The updating process was translated into images and sounds exhibited in an audio-visual installation. The following ten years have seen significant developments in information technology, which have in turn triggered repeated massive changes in human sensibility and perception. While considering unreachable places on the earth as more or less non-existent, we are directly confronted with an extensive invisible world of information and other data. The aim of this second installment is to establish an original platform for investigations into the diverse environments that surround us in the year 2010. By searching specific information, visitors can proactively explore uncharted polar areas, and discover their meanings. Two of the world's leading artists get together again to highlight current natural and informational environments, and propose methods for us to apply for their research.
(In-residence production period: late October - early November)

13 December, 2011 OPENING EVENTS

150 Jahre Freundschaft Deutschland-Japan
International symposium "Decennial environmental observations in art"
13 December(sat) 13:00-16:00 Admission free

Guests: Carsten Nicolai, Marko Peljhan, Andreas Broeckmann (Director of the Dortmunder U)
Moderator: Yukiko Shikata(Guest curator), Kazunao Abe(YCAM)
* interpretation available

YCAM sound tectonics #8
"raster-noton evening"
13 December(sat) 19:00 start(18:30 open)

Live: cyclo.(Carsten Nicolai & Ryoji Ikeda), byetone(Olaf Bender), Nibo Guest: Christopher Willits
Admission: Advanced tickets ¥3,000 / "any" members & special discounts ¥2,700
Tickets at the door: ¥3,500
Ticket information desk: +81-83-920-6111 (10:00-19:00/closed on Tuesdays (the following day if Tuesday is a national holiday)
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polar: environmental observations in art
Initiated by Carsten Nicolai and Marko Peljhan, polar is being considered as a very special project. While the title refers to polarity and polar regions in its original meaning, polarm adds to this the earth's electromagnetic fields, radiation and magnetic poles as connectors between real and informational spaces. Another notion contained in the project title is the aim to explore the environment as an unknown polar zone via long-term observation of earth and data environments from an artistic point of view. In this project, macroscopic and microscopic invisible relationships hidden in the environment in which we live are exquisitely translated into a mix of images and sounds using cutting-edge media technology, to propose a new awareness and perception of the actuality of our ceaselessly transforming environment.

From polar (2000) to polarm (2010)
Ten years on from the polar installation in 2000, polarm raises the question how the mechanisms of no longer clearly definable human existence work in an age when the massive progress and penetration of information technology has brought along fluctuating environmental spheres. what does all the innovation and exploration of technology beyond our imagination aim to get closer to? this exhibition closes up on the phenomenon of "radiation" as a method of environmental exploration that is deeply rooted in physical nature. the installation landscape depicts the process of environmental creation from a viewpoint based on the earth's radiation and electromagnetic ecosystems.

Environmental spheres defined by radiation
Along with two cube-shaped structures placed symmetrically on the left and right side, there are objects/observatoria installed in the exhibition space: a set of geiger counters, a radiation generator, HF radio receivers and a cloud chamber (device for visualizing radiation). Various forms of exposure to radioactive rays - including the visitor's experience of the installation itself - detected with this setup trigger minute motion graphics and a wide frequency range of sounds, which ultimately cause a transformation of the entire exhibition space. Along with his or her own individual spatial experience of the installation, each visitor will face the exhibition's central question: Why are there two corresponding cubes placed in the room?

Organized by: Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with: Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi City Board of Education
Grants from: Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia, University of California Institute of Research in the Arts
Corporate sponsor: SHISEIDO
Production support: Media Arts and Technology program University of California Santa Barbara、ZAVOD PROJEKT ATOL
Technical support: YCAM InterLab
Produced by: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

International symposium - 150 Jahre Freundschaft Deutschland-Japan
Co-sponsor: Goethe-Institut Japan in Osaka

YCAM sound tectonics #8 "raster-noton evening"
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2010

Curators: Yukiko Shikata(Guest curator), Kazunao Abe(YCAM)