Life (Rhizome) No.3
Life (Rhizome) No.3

For Life (Rhizome) Tatsuo Miyajima developed a new generation of gadgets in cooperation with Takashi Ikegami, who has researched artificial life for fifteen years at Tokyo University. This is the largest work of the series, counting 1-9 or 9-1, completely unpredictably. Miyajima understands the number as a metaphor for each form of life and transience. In his work he attains a new complexity between technological precision and contemplation, between philosophical models and artistic concepts.

About Tatsuo Miyajima

Digital tickers and LED lights are the building blocks of Tatsuo Miyajima’s sculpture and installation works. Miyajima operates within specific material parameters: his LED lights come in a limited range of color, and count up or down between numbers 1 and 9 without ever reaching 0. He uses this limited range, however, in order to look for individuality: he has presented counters in a multitude of iterations, using both geometric and organic compositions. While critics and curators see the influence of Serial Art in Miyajima’s practice, Miyajima explains that he draws more from Buddhism. For the artist, the ticking numbers are tied to inevitability, universality, and mortality. Miyajima states: “I am making installations which experiment with different systems of time,” adding that, “There is no absolute length of time, only a personal rhythm.”

Japanese, b. 1957, Tokyo, Japan

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Tatsuo Miyajima: Life and Death- Light of Life-, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Yusui, Aira District
Salzburg: Parcours d'Art, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna, Salzburg