Gravity and Resistance is a new project by Japanese artists Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa that combines a real-time, pressure sensor equipped floor and topographic map projection with a GPS tracking device above the gallery space. Set up last month at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, as part of their ongoing series focused on the “Dialogue between Science and Art”, the project allows people to interact with each other’s gravitational pull along with the earth’s relative position in orbit. From their description: “The place of the installation is simultaneously surveyed by GPS satellites, so it has the observatory point outside the earth. It expands our area of perception, and reveals that the installation site itself is no longer static but always moving by gravity in relativity. The installation provides us with a device to sense the possibility of the dissolution of gravity, which has multiple meanings.” This project has really lofty ambitions and I think it’s one of those pieces that you really need to be there and experience to understand fully. If anyone has checked it out, let me know.


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