Artspace of the Light 光のアトリエ

現実と空想のはざまで Between Reality and Fantasy

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EVENT1 Light and Sound

For centuries, Amanohashidate has been known
as one of the “Three Most Scenic Views of Japan.”
The uniqueness of the sand spit has inspired human beings
since ancient times, and is the subject of many mythical stories. On this special occasion, sound artist Marihiko Hara who works on the texture / the silence of the soundscape,
and lighting designer Shiho Nagamachi who creates
the lights arrangement in the environments,
will turn the Amanohashidate beach
into a dream-like atmosphere of sound and light.

Date and Time: July 11 (Saturday)
September 30 (Wednesday), 19pm – 10:30pm

Venue: Amanohashidate Park
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Inquiry: Amanohashidate Station Tourist Information Center
314-2 Monju, Miyazu, Kyoto, JAPAN
[TEL] 0772-22-8030 [FAX] 0772-22-8710
(Office Hours: 9am -6pm)



  • Musician Marihiko Hara

    Graduated from the Department of Education, Kyoto University. His main interest is to compose serene silence in music and to pursue his own texture of sounds, through electric/acoustic sounds and field recordings. He released the album “Landscape in Portrait” in 2017, mixing melodic piano and electric abstract sounds. He produces music for theatre performances and collaborates with people involved in many fields, such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, “Vessel” by Damien Jalet and Kohei Nawa, Hideki Noda’s plays, Paris Fashion Week and Kabuki Theatre.

    原摩利彦 Marihiko HARA
  • Lighting Designer Shiho Nagamachi

    Graduated from Kyoto Institute of Technology, visiting professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, part-time lecturer at Osaka University. She practices a variety of projects such as urban planning night scene design in public space, lighting plan for architecture and landscape, tourism town development with light at the core, public light art, and production of lighting brand. Recent works “Kobe City Meriken Park” “Mizuki Shigeru Road” “Kusatsugawa Park” “Dojima Bridge Light Up” “Nusamaibashi Light Up” “Nagato Town Development” “INAKA Illumi Ohnan” Other

    長町志穂 Shiho NAGAMACHI
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EVENT2 Double Horizon

Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s “three most scenic spots,”
features a project called “Between Reality and Fantasy,”
which uses light, moving image, and sound to create a fantastical experience. The artwork “Double Horizon” intends to describe
the original meaning of “Amanohashidate.”
In the Japanese language, both the sea and the sky are called “Ama."
Why are these two different elements expressed with the same sound?
Saito’s installation work suggests a space that
—derived from the origin of Amanohashidate—looks beyond the horizon.
The work will be exhibited at the approach to Motoise Kono Shrine,
a sacred place that inherently occupies a liminal margin between two worlds. Please feel free to experience this artwork, which makes use of looming fog and projections to give us the illusion of a three-dimensional sea surface, or flowing clouds.

Date and Time: October 16 (Friday)
November 23 (Tuesday), 6pm – 9pm Open ony Fri.,Sat.,Sun.,& National holiday
(remporary opens : Nov.2.Mon)
※Canceled in the rain

Venue: Motoise Kono Shrine
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  • Interactive Art Director, Media Artist Tatsuya Saito

    After graduating from UCLA Department of Arts and receiving his Master’s degree from Tokyo University of the Arts, Tatsuya established his design studio Abacus. Based on his observations about the human senses & cognitive functions and media technology, he has been active in various fields such as advertising, production, television, literature and show. He has been awarded an award at the Japan Media Arts Festival, NY ADC Award, D&AD, Good Design Award, one show Gold Award, AD STARS Gold Award, ADFEST Gold Award, L’Oreal Art and Science of Color Prize Bronze Award, and Grand Prix and Award for Scientific Technology at Laval Virtual in France. Tatsuya’s works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as the ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER (Australia), 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, NTT InterCommunication Center, and Ginza Graphic Gallery (ggg).

    Engineering : Yuki Anezaki, Kye Shimizu (N sketch)
    Motion Graphic : Marie Nagasue
    Sound Designer : Shinichi Suda (Twoth)

    齋藤 達也 SAITO Tatsuya
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EVENT2 data-verse 1

The Amanohashidate area, one of the three most scenic spots in Japan,
will be created into a fantastic world of digital art using light,
images, and sound under the theme of "between reality and fantasy."
This year, we will exhibit "data-verse 1" by Ryoji Ikeda,
one of Japan's leading electronic music composers and visual artists.
The audio-visual work "data-verse 1" that draws viewers into the vast world of data expresses the process of moving from the micro level to the human level to the macro level in three ways. Viewers, both visual and auditory, are drawn into the vast world of data, into the stream of data that overflows our everyday lives. By combining various elements such as acoustics, vision, materials, physical phenomena, and mathematical concepts in an integrated manner, Ikeda, which transcends existing concepts, explores the limits of human senses and digital technology while exploring "extreme". , And the "infinite" world. Experience his work, which is open to the imagination of the viewer, without being restricted by his own words.

Date and Time: October 16 (Friday)
November 3 (Tuesday), 6:30pm – 10:00pm Open ony Fri.,Sat.,Sun.,& National holiday
(remporary opens : Nov.2.Mon)
※Canceled in the rain

Venue: Amanohashidate Park
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  • Artist Ryoji Ikeda

    born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan. lives and works in Paris, France and Kyoto, Japan.
    Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media.Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CDs. Ryoji Ikeda is represented by Almine Rech Gallery (Bruxelles, Paris, London , New York), and Taro Nasu Gallery (Tokyo)

    concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
    computer graphics, programming: Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama, Satoshi Hama, Ryo Shiraki
    commissioned by Audemars Piguet Contemporary
    with special thanks to The Vinyl Factory

    Support for visual systems 株式会社シーマ

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Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s “three most scenic spots,” will be transformed into a dreamlike atmosphere, with light, video projection, and sound-based digital art on the theme of “Between and Fantasy.” From November 20th (Friday) to 23th (Monday / National Holiday), between the front of Kyoto Prefectural Tango Regional Museum and the ruins of Tango Kokubunji Temple, Seiichi SAITO (creative director of Rhizomatiks Architectire), will unveil his latest artwork in the “JIKU” series.
A site-specific artwork series, “JIKU” explores the hidden axis within this place, using light and sound to illuminate the invisible. “Work #009” in the series takes place in Tango Kokubunji Temple. The work finds its primary inspiration in the eye and mind of famed painter Sesshū Tōyō—uncoveing this axis through Sesshū’s masterpiece “View of Ama-no-hashidate.”
Sesshū’s “View of Ama-no-hasidate” painting, is a national treasure, and for the first time in 40 years, it will come home to the Kyoto Prefectural Tango Regional Museum, located in the front of Tango Kokubunji Temple ruins. Since there is no actual place from which one can see the entire Amanohashidate area as it is painted in Sesshū’s work, it is presumed that he had visited multiple vantage points, and then connected what was in his mind to produce a single work. This work in the “JIKU” series uses light and sound, to try and express the viewpoints that were in Sesshū’s mind.

Date and Time: November 20 (Friday)
23 (Monday), Sunset - 9:00pm
※Canceled in the rain

VENUE Tangokokubunjiato (Admission free)
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  • Creative Director / Technical Director Seiichi Saito  Rhizomatiks Architecture

    Born in Kanagawa in 1975, Mr. Saito began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD). He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. He currently serves as Director of Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd., while alsoGood Design Award 2015-2017 Jury. Vice Chairman of Good Design Award 2018. Creative Adviser of 2020 Dubai Expo Japan pavilion.

    Creative Director : Seiichi Saito
    Project Manager : Nozomi Yamaguchi
    Lighting Programmer : Tatsuya Motoki
    Space Design : Takahito Hosono
    Music:Tetsushi Fujita
    Music Producer:Motohiro Fujii(Backslash)
    Assistant Music Producer:Setsu Tanaka(Backslash)

    Equipment Cooperation : Audio-Technica Corporation

    Seiichi Saito
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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, JAPAN

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