Norimichi Hirakawa
The Indivisible

There are three construction rules Norimichi Hirakawa based his new work The Indivisible (Prototype No. 1) on, each revolving around the artist's interest in the principles and laws underlying our world.

What the artist seeks to explore is whether it is possible for human beings to deal with principles and natural law underlying the world which natural science has been aiming to succeed in solving. The three rules governing this exploration are:

1. To let a computer program do a meaningful calculation.
2. To depict only by using numerical values that appear in a calculation process.
3. (However) Do not represent a calculation object as object itself.

For the young Japanese artist, whose work was recently presented as part of TodaysArt Japan at T-Art Gallery, this real-time, processual approach is a means to address the world differently than we normally would, without the mediation of perception or apprehension. By the numerical formula of “1+1,” a calculator is not concerned with whether or not it depicts counting apples or human beings. A physical engine may simulate Newtonian mechanics, such as “mass,” “force,” “velocity” or “position,” but these are limited quantity in principle: the computer doesn’t think about what the calculation means. This is a type of data abstraction that Hirakawa has mastered through his collaborations with Ryoji Ikeda, Yoshihide Otomo, Yuki Kimura or Benedict Drew, allowing him to create highly imaginative installations that immerse the viewers into process-based environments. Like Ikeda, Hirakawa is interested in exploring the physical manifestation of information where data defies comprehension. He makes visible the code of data flows and allows one to see the abstract figuration of computing processes as they unfold before our eyes.

– Sabin Bors, October 9, 2015

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