October 28, 2022 - January 25, 2023
Installation work "Ethereal Cycles" provides a unique experience through electrification
INTERSECT BY LEXUS -TOKYO will exhibit "Ethereal Cycles," a spatial installation work using thermoacoustics and light, from October 28, 2022 (Friday) to January 25, 2023 (Wednesday).
This installation is created by Natura Machina, an artist collective that develops works under the theme of newly discovered "nature" and connection with the surrounding environment through mechanical devices. The new artwork is based on their recent exploration of thermoacoustic phenomenon using Rejke Tubes, which converts thermal energy into air vibrations.
For this installation, a group of glass cylinders are suspended from a grid-like frame in the exhibition space. When electric heating wires, embedded inside the tubes, begin to generate heat and light, surrounding air currents are drawn into the top and bottom of the tube, causing cycles of pressure to become sound, which then echo throughout the room. Each section is driven sequentially under a programmed rhythmic cycle, producing a dynamic sensation of light and sound, while being constantly attenuated under the influence of the surrounding air currents and temperature, as well as the movement of visitors. Through this work, audiences will become aware of the texture of the air, the presence of space, and the circulation of energy between and around the neatly lined frames.
In pursuit of the “Lexus Electrified” vision, Lexus is committed to realize a carbon neutral society and deliver mobility that expands customer choice, offering solutions for diversifying and expanding lifestyles, and providing surprising and inspiring experiences that exceed expectations. This installation offers a new experience through its unique way of converting electric energy into sound, which resonates with Lexus’ efforts to deliver innovative and amazing experiences through electrification. As the sound generated from this installation, due to its interaction with the surrounding environment, is never the same at any given moment, it leaves a diverse impression on each visitor. We hope guests will experience a unique “dialogue” with this installation, and be inspired to take a fresh look at the environment that surrounds us and the possibilities of electrification.
An art collective led by US-based artists Mikhail Mansion and Kuan-Ju Wu, and Yasuaki Kakehi, an interactive media researcher and artist in Japan. The Soundform series, including this work, has won the Excellence Award in the Art Division of the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival, and has been exhibited at various shows including Ars Electronica Festival 2019 (Linz, Austria), Sense Island 2021 (Yokosuka, Kanagawa).