D-K in this instance stands not for Deep Kyoto but for Digital Kakejiku (or デジタル掛軸 – kakejiku meaning hanging scroll). This is the brainchild of light artist Akira Hasegawa; large areas of a building are lit up “with random sequences of abstract-painting-like images. At a glance it looks still, but when you look away for a minute and the image is totally transformed. It consists of 30 frames per second, and you perceive it just like the motion of the sun setting….” From this Thursday (August 5th) and through until Sunday (8th) Mr. Hasegawa will be lighting up Nijo Castle in this way.
The artist has some rather high claims for his art:
DK is a data program that is based on the fundamental laws of the Universe. The random data and light simulate the structure found in the chaos in the creation of the Universe. DK allows for life rejuvenation and the experience of straight reality. Simultaneously you are being released from what you are bound to and you become free from time and space… DK is a random data, a life jolt when your heart has stopped to activate it again and attune it to perceiving the moments between the changes where all exists at the same time and space – NOW. LINK
I’m not sure about all that but I do like to look at the pretty illuminations. Here’s the schedule:
Thursday August 5th: Test light-up (complete demonstration)
Friday 6th through till Sunday 8th – Full Light-up.
Time: from sunset until 21:15
Here is a map. Oh, and it’s completely free. For more information contact: Victor Yokono (firstname.lastname@example.org, iPhone: 080-3768-7265).
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