The white cube composition of the art center appears to shift dramatically between sunset and nine o’clock each night, thanks to the power of Takahashi Kyota’s light art. Colorful light is projected onto each wall, and changes, moment by moment, creating incredibly beautiful, ephemeral effects that seem not quite of this world. In framing this piece, Takahashi focused on the composite planes, rather than the cubic volumes, of the buildings. It is almost as if he has disassembled the museum’s three-dimensional architecture, and reassembled it two-dimensionally. The way the light surfaces shift weightlessly over time constitutes a new form of expression that could be described as light architecture. To control the changes in light, the artist has applied the fluctuating patterns of fluid surfaces, successfully giving the work an organic aura almost like breathing. This piece has become part of the Towada nightscape, offering changes of color for every season, and every event.
Takahashi has created many pieces that develop a dramaturgy of space using light and moving images, and also frequently collaborates on music and dance projects internationally.
Photo : Kitamura Mitsutaka
Born 1970 in Kyoto, Japan. Received his BFA and MFA in sculpture from Kyoto City University of Arts. Takahashi uses projected light and images in works that range from public projections to installations and performance, which he has executed both in Japan and abroad. Among these are his dynamic, sculptural works of light at Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Tokyo Station, and Towada Art Center, and large-scale participatory art projects such as Seeds of Dreams, Fruit of Light, and Flowerbed of Light. He is recipient of an Excellence Award at the DSA Design Awards 2015, the Good Lighting Award 2017 from the Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan, the Jury’s Special Award at the Lighting Design Awards 2018, an Award of Excellence and the 30th Anniversary Special Arts and Design Award at the 28th AACA Awards.