| "The Paradox of Analog in Digitization"
My artwork, shown in 1996, is called "For the Tomorrow That Will
Never Come." This low gear structure uses 111 wheels that move against
each other such as the interior of a watch does. The wheels symbolize different
ways time is recognized, from a wheel that takes 24 trillion years to make
a complete turn, to a wheel that only needs 0.04 seconds to revolve. It
is a device that expresses "subjective time" by comparing differences
in how each and every living being perceives time and also how a single
being perceives the flexibility of time.
To fulfill this purpose, the work must be forever in motion. Realistically
speaking, however, this is impossible, for nothing can remain ever in its
present form. The demands would involve such details as the fine teeth
of each wheel and I cannot expect my work to be protected from deterioration.
The method I found that could solve this problem was through digitization and preserving my work in the world of virtual reality.
Even virtual reality has its problems, one of them being the easy deletion by the push of a button. Since a single program had a lesser possibility of lasting out, I decided I would have to install the program into many places, a process that requires much manual and analog work.
The concept for my work was put on the Internet and I asked for many servers that would support my aim, which means that ultimately I had to rely on the virtue and whims of people for the continuation of my digitized program. This program, in effect, is "For the Tomorrow That May Come."