"Micro Presence"
KOHIYAMA Kenji + MORITA Masahiko + SAITO Tatsuya + WEMLER Shuhei Kohiyama Laboratory, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Keio University
Micro Presence
photo: KIOKU Keizo

The limits of human perception are often issues of scale: it is difficult for us to appreciate that which is inordinately larger or smaller than ourselves. The history of humanity is filled with tools and theories to help us calibrate our observations and understand other proportions in nature. This installation attempts to make visceral the microscopic in our daily lives. Because these insects are exceedingly small, we tend to co-exist without any sense of their existence. By re-proportioning them to the scale of a human body, they start to make their extraordinary presences felt. To make vivid the presence of these microscopic beings, this piece makes full use of the latest digital image processing technology, and has even developed new photographic techniques for achieving focal depth on each region of their bodies.

KOHIYAMA Kenji Profile

KOHIYAMA Kenji was born in 1942. Doctor of engineering. Engaged in the study of information transmission. Professor of the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University until March 2008.