Mihara Soichiro


Mihara Soichiro, Study of Air, 2017/2022

EXHIBITION [Matsushige Koumon (Lock Gate)]

Study of Air, 2017/2022

Nakagawa Unga Gallery


Artist Statement

This work, which was just exhibited around Italy last summer, features the sight of a fluttering loop of clear film floating and drifting in that space, prompts people to recall the movie “American Beauty,” impressions of magic—the opposite of the laws of physics —and children starting to frolic. The action and imagination of the floating, drifting object is enjoyable at this very moment. As I named this work after the book by Yamamoto Shichihei, I begin with a discussion on decision-making myself. By demonstrating how the airflow indicates the placement and angles of the component sensors and fan controls, as well as the center of gravity of the floating object that is intentionally disrupted, I aim to convey that this loose, floating state of equilibrium is a wholly designed invisible cage. With this work, I think it’s really interesting after viewing it to have a conversation while looking back into the air.


Mihara Soichiro

Aiming to make art that openly engages with the world, Mihara creates systems employing a wide range of materials and phenomena, such as acoustics, bubbles, radiation, rainbows, microbes, moss, air currents, soil, water, and electrons, which are reinterpreted as “art.” Since 2011, he has been working on a “Blanks Project” that explores the relationships between technology and society. Recently he has also been involved in preserving and restoring sound sculptures and media art works that have no established methodology. His major solo exhibitions include “The World Filled with Blanks” (Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, 2013 and Kyoto Art Center, 2016), and group exhibitions include “The 11th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions” (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2019), “Sapporo International Art Festival 2014,” and “Sound Art—Sound as a Medium of Art” (ZKM, 2012). Other works include the curation “From Blanks to Sensitivity” (Zuiun-ann, 2018), and he is co-author of “Haptics Hacks” (Asahi Press, 2016).


Relation Program