[ISEA2002] Artist Statement: Keigo Yamamoto – Dice Instrument no.8

Artist Statement

The “Dice Instrument” is created by communication and collaboration of two persons or more at different remote stations. This can be described as a piece of network art incorporating “painting, ” “written characters, ” “a percussion instrument, ” “an interface between cyberspace and real space, ” and more. Let’s take its “painting” aspect as an example. The strength of each brushstroke and the brush movements (the movements of the painter’s hand) are captured by the sensors attached to the cube and transformed into sound. The sound varies with the strength and length of the touch of the brush. A person creates a painting, paying attention to the “strengthn of each brushstroke, and taking “Ma” (intervals) between brushstrokes, the “breath” of the brush movements and “silent timen(rest) into musical score. And he/she collaborates on the work with the other person via communication. The overall process is like a live performance where the sounds develop into a piece of music. The name of the game is to understand the importance of “exchange of inner messages” with people through” communication with people, ” and to explore an artistic approach to “a state beyond technology.”

Features of this work are:
1. A work through “exchange of inner messages” between people in a state beyond technology.
2. A collaborative work– a dialogue or participatory type of art by means of the IP Broadband network.
3. A work created by connecting or combining “cyberspace” with “real space”; anyone can enjoy or even participate in the live art performance using the Broadband Internet wherever else he may be in the world.

  • Keigo Yamamoto¬†Born 1936 in, Japan. I had engaged in video media since 1968. In 1971, I started to produce video installations which the audiences themselves can join and besides to study “the relationship between Communication and art”. My work, a video game to be applied to satellites, was exhibited in The 13th Sao Paulo Biennale in 1975. In 1977 The DOCUMENTA 9 1977, I displayed his “Renga (Linked Picture) Series” in the exhibition “Encounter Between Japanese Paper and Electronic Media” 1989. I also joined “Japan= France Network Art” in 1990, the first international ISDN in the world, DOCMENTA 9 “International Mobile Electronic Cafe”. The 95′ Kwangju Biennale in 1995 and What do you want to do with it? I Network Art at ICA (London), in 2001. I cultivated new fields, such as “Communication Diagram Musical Scale”, “Network Sound Installation” and “Linked Picture (Renga)”.