Artificial Moons

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2020/12/20
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The Exhibition of Multi-Layered City Makuhari
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METACITY
The TEA-ROOM
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Installation
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The TEA-ROOM + METACITY, Artificial Moons, 2020
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150m hight building, reflective lighting system with moving lights, N-body simutation in VR, PCs
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The TEA-ROOM + METACITY

Artificial Moons, 2020

The Makuhari New City, located in Chiba City, is sometimes mistakenly introduced as Makuhari City in overseas companies and news. Taking the words of the mayor at the time, "If everyone makes a mistake, it would be interesting to create a fictional city," to heart, the art project "Multilayered City 'Makuhari City'" was launched to explore what is necessary to create a new city. And this work, which was the first public art and exhibited as a city monument, was held as a commemorative exhibition with the support of Chiba City.
"Artificial Moons" is a light sculpture that takes as its theme the reality that emerges from a series of coincidences, based on the culture of "praying to and loving moonlight," which has existed throughout East Asia since ancient times and can be traced back to the Jomon period in Japan.
The nine moons, which are also the motif of the city crest of "Makuhari City", continue unpredictable movements in virtual space through N-body simulation, and a unique and enormous lighting system that is in sync with this movement illuminates a giant 150m building with a mysterious moonlight. This is a ritual that connects the fictional "Makuhari City" and the real Makuhari New City residents, and it is an attempt to breathe life into a brand new story while considering that "the source of life is the sun and the source of culture is the moon.”
In Japan, there are festivals such as the "Kebesu Festival" and one of the three major festival, the "Kanda Festival," but their origins are unknown. Also, the design of the "City Emblem," which is the symbol of the city, is sometimes made by puns or whim. For example, Fukuoka city has 9 "F" and Kurume city has 9 "R" in its emblem. Incidentally, the city emblem of Makuhari City uses nine moons, which is a pun using "ma(ru)," meaning circle in English, and "ku," meaning nine in English, from the word "Makuhari) In other words, whether it is a cultural anthropological ritual or a symbol for the cohesion of a modern community, all of the things that we see, participate in, and believe on a daily basis, called "Place of dependence," do not have a proper historical background that can be understood.
The Makuhari New City is a completely reclaimed land and a cultural desert without any historical or traditional foundations. For 1.5 months, this work was visible from over a kilometer away at night. What impact will this sudden event during the coronavirus pandemic, have on the memories of citizens and how will they inherit this fact? Can artificial moons, which were created in an artificial city, bring about connections of prayer and spirit there? We hope it will be a catalyst for transitioning from a cultural desert to a cultural forest.
For this work, a unique reflective lighting system using 16 moving lights, one of the world's largest in terms of light intensity as moving light, was constructed to produce natural light, and a 150-m-long building and virtual space were used as supports. It is also depicted in a science fiction short story created as part of the Multilayered City “Makuhari" project.
千葉市に存在する幕張新都心は、海外企業やニュースで間違って、「幕張市」として紹介されることがある。「みんな間違うのであれば架空の都市として作ってみるのも面白い」という当時の市長の言葉を真に受けて、新たな都市を作るには何が必要なのか、それらを探求するアートプロジェクト『多層都市「幕張市」』が立ち上がった。そして本作品は、千葉市の助成を受けたその設立記念展で、架空の都市「幕張市」の初めてのパブリックアートであり街のモニュメントとして展示された。
「Artificial Moons」は、東アジア一帯に古来から存在し日本では縄文時代まで遡ることができる「月の光に祈りを捧げ、また愛する」という文化を下敷きに、偶然の連続から生み出される実在性をテーマにした光の彫刻だ。
「幕張市」の市章のモチーフである9つの月は、N体シミュレーションにより仮想空間上で予測不能な動きを続け、その動きに合わせた独自の巨大な照明システムが、150mの巨大な建物に不思議な月明かりを照らす。これは、架空の「幕張市」と現実の「幕張新都市」地域に住む市民をつなぐ儀式であり、「生命の源は太陽であり、文化の源は月である」と考え、新しい物語に生命を吹き込もうとする試みである。
日本には、起源が不明な、「ケベス祭り」や日本三大祭の一つ「神田祭」などがある。また都市のシンボルである「市章」のデザインも福岡市は9つの「フ」、久留米市は9つの「ル」を図案化しているように、ダジャレや思いつきで作られている場合がある。(ちなみに、幕張市の市章にある9つの月は、マルが9個で「マ」「9」(まく)張というダジャレだ。)つまり文化人類学的な儀礼であれ、近代的な共同体の結束のためのシンボルであれ、わたしたちが日常的に目にし、参加し、信じている「依りどころ」とでも呼ぶべきものごとのすべてに、納得できるような由緒正しい略歴があるわけではないことはあまり知られていない。
幕張新都心は完全な埋立地であり、文化の拠り所となる歴史や伝統が存在しない文化の砂漠だ。1.5ヶ月の間、夜になると1キロ以上先から見ることができた、コロナ禍に始まったこの突発的な事象は、市民の記憶にどのような影響を与え、この事実をどのように継承していくのか。人工的な街に人工的な月を生み出し、そこに祈りや精神の繋がりを持ちえるのか。文化の砂漠から文化の森に移行するきっかけになることを期待している。
本作品では、自然光を演出するために世界最大級の光量を誇る16個のムービングライトを使用した独自の反射型照明システムを構築し、全長150mの建物と仮想空間を支持体としている。『多層都市「幕張市」』の活動の一環で作成されたSF短編小説『幕張市市民証』内でも描写されている。
 
Created a unique reflective lighting system using 16 moving lights, one of the largest in the world, to produce natural light
Created a unique reflective lighting system using 16 moving lights, one of the largest in the world, to produce natural light

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The TEA-ROOM + METACITY, Artificial Moons, 2020
150m hight building, reflective lighting system with moving lights, N-body simutation in VR, PCs
dimentions variable

Award

Finalist of WIRED Creative Hack Award 2021 (Japan, 2021)

Credit

Artist: The TEA-ROOM (Ryuta Aoki)
Director: Ryuta Aoki
Software Design: Ryuta Aoki (VOLOCITEE)
Coding: Takeshi Doi (Unlit), Ryuta Aoki (VOLOCITEE)
Produced by: METACITY
[ Lighting System Dev ]
Design Direction: Eishi Katsumoto (Lighting Lab)
Technical Direction: Eishi Katsumoto (Lighting Lab), Michiyuki Ishita (PMAJ), Takeshi Doi (Unlit)
Production Management: Michiyuki Ishita (PMAJ)
Production Support: Takashi Shigetake (PMAJ), Keita Uno
Equipment Setup: m-tech style, C-COM
Material Verificiation: Eiji Katsumoto (Lighting Lab), Tokyo Lighting Design
Equipment Verification: Tokyo Lighting Design
[ Special Thanks ]
Mitsui Fudosan Residential, Kumagai Gumi, Noriko Shindo (Environmental Planning Laboratory Inc), Shin Aoyama (VOLOCITEE), Yoshihiko Kaneoya (Makuhari Messe), Makoto Hosoya, Junichi Takekawa (David Watts)

Past Exhibitions

Dec 2020 – Jan 2021: Makuhari City Exhibition

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