Shimizu Jio “window”

Shimizu Jio, window, 2016, Mixed media Installation, 220 x 400cm.
Installation view at “diaphanes” Hiroshima City University Art Museum. Photo: Kensuke Hashimoto

Shimizu Jio

Friday June 28 – Saturday August 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday June 28, 18:00-20:00
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-19:00 (Closed on Mon, Sun, Public holidays)


photo by Keizo Kioku

movie by Keizo Kioku


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MISA SHIN GALLERY is pleased to announce upcoming solo exhibition “window” by Shimizu Jio from Friday, June 28 to Saturday, August 10, 2019.

As an artist, Shimizu’s work is rooted in the idea of positivism, in which he explores the relationships between art and natural science, and birth of motion and elements, by utilizing existing elements in the physical world, such as sound, light and vibration, the phenomena that such elements produce, and our perception of those phenomena.

The exhibition focuses on Shimizu’s window, which makes use of Twitter, and also presents decay music, which detects radioactivity and converts it into musical tones using a twelve-tone equal tempered scale.

Monitoring the world’s Twitter feeds in real time, window visualizes big data by indicating the movement of thought throughout the world in the form of two light-emitting panels that flicker in real time whenever the keywords “light” or “darkness” and their equivalents in seven languages appear in tweets anywhere in the world.

The two light-emitting panels, in conjunction with the space between them, form a triptych that adheres to the size and format of Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, a distinctively demarcated from other Flemish Primitives of the same period. Even today, people debate the interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights, which despite being an altarpiece, portrays in detail the temptations of pleasure and the folly of humanity. The arrangement of the panels links window’s keywords “light” and “darkness” to Bosch’s themes of heaven and hell, suggesting that human behavior and foolishness are monitored, and eventually lead to a central void.

decay music (2017) is a collaboration with Iida Hiroyuki, who Shimizu worked together in the collective and also as a label, WrK. It produces a musical performance automatically using a scintillator set up indoors that detects gamma ray radiation in the exhibition space, converting the energy levels of individual gamma rays to tones on an equal tempered scale. Specifically, it plays a high note when high energy is detected and a low note when low energy is detected, producing different performances according to the location—Tokyo, Hiroshima, Fukushima, Chernobyl, etc. Consequently, the location and the environment where decay music is installed become both the composer and the performer. This experiment in associating an existence far transcending human perception and senses with the time-based art of an equal tempered scale makes us aware that the span of our existence is but an instant compared to the enormous timespans involved in phenomena such as radiation and the earth’s crustal movements, which were already in motion long before the emergence of life and have had a tremendous impact on human evolution and civilization.

Shimizu Jio
Born in Tokyo 1966. Lives and works in Hiroshima and Saitama. Received his MFA at the Tokyo University of the Arts. From 1994 to 1996, participated in WrK label. Shimizu moved to Copenhagen in 2008 as an Emerging Artists Overseas Training from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, until 2010. Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, Hiroshima City University. Major exhibitions include “Roppongi Crossing” Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), the Busan Biennale 2008 at the Busan Museum of Art (Busan, 2008), “Simple Interactions. Sound Art from Japan” Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde (Copenhagen, 2011), “On the edge 2012” Tungenes Fyr (Norway, 2012), “Elements” MISA SHIN GALLERY (Tokyo, 2012) and “Open Space 2014” NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] (Tokyo, 2014-2015), “Re-actions” MITSUBISHI ESTATE ARTIUM (Fukuoka, 2017), “Japan Media Art Festival 2018” The National Art Center (Tokyo 2018), “Tsushima Art Fantasia” (Nagasaki 2018). Currently, Shimizu is participating in “Setouchi Triennale 2019” (Kagawa 2019).


MISA SHIN GALLERYでは2019年6月28日(金)から8月10日(土)まで、志水児王の個展「window」を開催します。


本展では、Twitterを用いた作品「window」を中心に、放射線(放射能)を捉えて十二平均律に変換する作品「decay music」を展示します。



また、WrKレーベルでも活動を共にした飯田博之との共作、decay music (2017)は室内に置かれたシンチレーターにより展示空間を飛び交う放射線(γ線)を捉え、エネルギーの高低を平均律音階へと自動演奏させる作品です。つまり高いエネルギーを感知した時には高い音が、低いエネルギーを感知した時には低い音を奏で、東京、広島、福島、チェルノブイリといった場所によって演奏は異なり、作品が設置された場所や環境が作曲者であり演奏者となります。人間の知覚や感覚を遥かに超えた存在と時間芸術である平均律音階を関連付ける試みは、生命が誕生する遥か以前から存在し、人間の進化や文明に多大な影響を及ぼしてきた放射線や地殻変動といった時間の流れの前では我々の存在はほんの一瞬に過ぎないことに気づかされます。

MISA SHIN GALLERYでは4年ぶりの個展となる、志水児王「window」、ぜひご高覧ください。

志水 児王
東京生まれ。広島県・埼玉県在住。東京藝術大学美術学部大学院修了。1994~2006年、レーベル「WrK」に参加。2008年度文化庁新進芸術家海外研修制度により、2008-2010年コペンハーゲン在住。広島市立大学芸術学部准教授。主な展覧会に、「六本木クロッシング」森美術館(東京/2004)、「釜山ビエンナーレ2008」釜山市立近代美術館(釜山/2008)、「日本のサウンドアート」ロスキレ現代美術館(コペンハーゲン/2011)、「オープンスペース2014」NTTインターコミュニケーション・センター[ICC](東京/2014-2015)、「Re-actions」三菱地所アルティアム(福岡/2017)、 「第21回文化庁メディア芸術際」 国立新美術館 (東京/2018)、「対馬アートファンタジア」(長崎/2018)など。現在、「瀬戸内国際芸術祭2019」に参加している。

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