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“gravicells — gravity and resistance” [2004–]


“gravicells — gravity and resistance”


The floor is covered with 225 panels with a regime of string-like lines. Stepping onto it, the surrounding lines deform as sensors underneath react to your weight, tilt, or velocity. The entire space of this installation changes as the movements of multiple users are converted into a real-time dynamic interplay of image, sound and light. Within the space a virtual field of gravity and opposing force pull against one another. Elements that influence this interplay include the physical mass of the users sharing the space, the site’s location data as calculated by GPS, and algorithms that constantly calculate changes in the space. GPS data calculated from triangulated satellite points indicate that the site of the installation itself is a relative space, changing according to its internal shifts in gravity.

In encountering the piece, we users, as part of the installation, not only encounter the existence of gravity in ways not notable in ordinary life, but we also encounter how the world, our bodies, our senses, and our world views, are all intricately related to gravity. The title “gravicells” comes from the idea of the cell as a set of plural elements influencing each other by means of gravity.

Cooperation: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)



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