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Exhibition: “Jack into the Noösphere” of Chiba City Festival of Arts
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QR codes, server system, stickers, tarpaulin
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9,000(W) x 2,700(H) cm


SOTOROJI #1, 2021

Tea ceremony practitioners have long been enamored by the profound beauty captured in ink brush paintings and have attempted to express this vision in tea rooms and ceremonies. Tea rooms and their gardens are constructed to steadily encourage visitors to shed the impurities of this world to enter a world of the ethereal. The initial space, an outer garden known as the soto-roji, lies between the roji-guchi (entrance) and the chu-mon, a gate dividing the secular world from the profound. The guests attending the tea ceremony are to sweep away the dust of the world and immerse themselves in the world of the ethereal, to play in a higher dimension.
We, the art collective "The TEA-ROOM," expresses the things and spirituality that make up the world of the Japanese tea ceremony with a contemporary perspective and techniques. In this work, we have used QR codes, which have been generalized as a way to efficiently connect physical and information to create a contemporary soto-roji. It's a new work in the SOTOROJI series.
In today's society, where the mechanization of the body and the externalization of memory have become commonplace, the environment in which information is generated has become even more formative of the self. However, the main source of this generation, the internet, has become completely driven by capitalism and is now considered just to hack human desires and addict them.
QR (Quick Response) codes exist as a way to efficiently invite from physical space to the internet. In an era where smartphones have become physical, and QR codes have become generalized, even with the recommendation for non-contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, people have acquired a new affordance for "QR code and camera startup." Unfortunately, when faced with a large number of QR codes, people are unable to resist starting up the camera.
In this work, we have created a spatial device that deviates from the physical world where people wander as slaves of the internet by using the new era's affluence in reverse. The audience will see randomly chosen activities that have been pushed to the periphery of capitalism by accessing QR codes as they pass through the artwork, which is set up at the very beginning of the exhibition. After experince, they will be given a sticker that has a part of the artwork printed on it and will be able to take home a small SOTOROJI. This work is also a movement to SOTOROJI-ize society.
When viewed in front of the eye, there appears to be only a large number of QR codes, but the subtle sizes of more than 100,000 QR codes make a picture of the actual soto-roji appear when viewed from a few meters away.
アート集団「The TEA-ROOM」は、茶の湯の世界を構成する事物や精神性を現代の視点と手法で表現している。本作は、効率的に物理と情報を結ぶものとして一般化したQRコードを使い現代の外露地を作り出すSOTOROJIシリーズの一つ。
QR (Quick Response) コードは、物理空間からインターネットへ効率的にいざない、その一翼を担おうものとして存在している。スマホが身体化しQRコードが一般化した時代に、コロナ禍における非接触推奨もあいまり、”QRコードとカメラ起動”という新たなアフォーダンスを人間は獲得した。大量のQRコードを目の前に提示された時、残念ながら人はカメラの起動をあがらうことは出来ない。


QR codes, server system, stickers, tarpaulin
9,000(W) x 2,700(H) cm

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Artist: The TEA-ROOM (Ryuta Aoki, Souryou Matsumura)
System Design & Dev: Ryuta Aoki (VOLOCITEE)
Server-side Dev: Kokoro Aoki (VOLOCITEE)
Lighting Design: Jiro Endo (SOIHOUSE)
Special Thanks: Shingo Takahashi (MINIMA), Mucha-Kucha

Past Exhibitions

July 24th – Aug. 9th, 2021: Exhibition: Jack into the Noösphere

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