Hitoshi Kuriyama


∴ 0=1 -trace of light


45 Mortimer Street


C - Type prints


Various - overall installation 22m x 6m

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  • ∴ 0=1 -trace of light by Hitoshi Kuriyama

    ∴0=1 – Trace Of Light,'' tries to show the moment of transition when something releases its energy. The artist pushes electrical fuses until they break and die in a flash of light. He captures the moment with treated photographic paper that absorbs the individual signature of each fuse; in 'life,' one fuse looks like any other, a small glass tube capped with silver metal that serves a purely utilitarian purpose. But in their transition to purposeless -- a broken fuse does us no good -- they leave behind a unique visual footprint.

    Like an artist's renderings of distant galaxies or attempts to capture someone's glowing aura, the photographs show clouds of colours, glowing blues, greens, oranges fading into yellows, pinks and more. Some explode across the frame, others focus slightly off the centre. In addition, each shows a personality that was not obvious from the sources; anonymous and identical, the fuses stand before the images of their moments of release, a reminder that you never really know what lies within.

    Kuriyama, who works at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency as a photo archivist, was inspired by supernovas. Fierce bundles of energy, when these dying stars explode in a final, powerful burst they release torrents of light that take on a life of their own, shooting across the universe. Like his works, they are a clear indication that the death of anything is simply a transformation to a new existence: What was once a mass of heavy material — the supernova — has become pure energy — the beams that speed away.

    In this, the works are like a metaphor for human lives. Whether you consider it the soul, energy or some natural order of material, with our deaths, what was our body becomes something else. Kuriyama says that he has no personal opinion about the nature of that transition, but points to traditional Japanese cultural icons, cherry blossoms blooming, falling and withering away in spring and fireworks bursting into light and then fading into the darkness in summer, as similar phenomenon.

    Hitoshi Kuriyama is currently a Ph. D. student in Inter Media Art at the Tokyo University of the Arts.