A study for spacecolortime, 2018

© Norimichi Hirakawa

A study for spacecolortime explores the technical dimensions of photographs and allows us to see the processes of image conversion unfold in front of our eyes.

Gradations of color, curves in shape, and their changes over time are convertible through a space-color-time rotation conversion, which rotates pixels in a digital video file into a six-dimensional Euclidean space (X, Y, time, red, green, and blue). Norimichi Hirakawa converts a series of photographs of the sun taken by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory. The result is seemingly monochrome, but some information from the original color is still seen in shape or motion. Relations between pixels are mathematically preserved through the conversion.

The artist, who has a background in mathematics and physics, uses technology unconventionally in this work, opening up new abstract figurations for the viewer. Depicting the process of digital conversion, the work translates data into mathematical moving image and thus focuses on the border between human-perceptible and human-imperceptible beauty. Hirakawa uses algorithms to widen restricted human visual possibilities, and provides a poetic example of how we can experience ever-increasing data flows.

Shown at Seasons of Media Arts – City of Participative Visions (2019).

Time: 08.08.2019 – 15.09.2019

Location: Citizen’s Office K8, Kaiserallee 8

Seasons of media arts 2019

Seasons of Media Arts 2019 – City of Participative Visions

08. August 2019 — 15. September 2019