The practice of Takahiro Ueda is interdisciplinary, recalling a scientific researcher observing natural phenomena: atoms, chemical elements, sound vibrations, weather and environmental changes. His work is realised in collaboration with teams of experts including quartz miners, scientists and engineers.
Ueda combines technological experimentation and fine art – the audio-visual performance Track of At[o]m uses apparatus which receives a satellite radio wave for only 15 minutes when a satellite is overhead. The signal is interpreted as both information display and sound, adjusted according to interference with the signal by other human activities, and modulated by the artist.
Another example of his practice is Invisible Movement, utilising naturally occurring phenomena to explore ideas relating to time. The work comprises a series of constructions built around quartz crystals, whose regular electronic oscillations pace clocks. Each construction contains two clocks: one using the same synthetic quartz as conventional watches, fabricated to time minutes and seconds, the other with natural quartz oscillating at its own pace. These measures of time will tick forever at a different pace – a quality resonating with our individual perceptions of time.
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About the contributors
Takahiro Ueda (born 1986) will be participating in the exhibition Temporal Measures at the White Rainbow Gallery (2 December 2014 – 24 January 2015). Since 2011, he has lived and worked in Berlin, and has received numerous grants and awards including The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (2013), DAAD (2012), Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award and Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation Scholarship (2011). His recent exhibitions are Travelling Theory, as part of the Fujinoyama Biennale 2014 in Shizuoka, and two editions of the traveling show, Echo (2008 – 2013) at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanian in Berlin and Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln (The Japan Foundation), Cologne.