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EXHIBITION Yuji DOGANE 14 Jan - 19 Feb, 2000
Open: Wed.-Sat. 1:00pm-7:00pm (Close: Sun.-Tue., National Holliday) Photo

Although we talk about ecology in everyday life, it virtually never goes beyond the scope of autocratic visual perceptions that we humans use, and there are countless instances of ART which cannot stand on its own merits.

Amidst that backdrop, DOGANE who, after studying maritime engineering, has been involved in both research and teaching on plants, mainly Orchids, has carried out some informative experiments from a truly unique viewpoint, both in terms of its unique percetions and self sufficiency.

DOGANE developed a system called "Ecological Plantron" which measures the minute electrical changes which flow across the surface of the leaves of plants, and changes them into sounds. Since 1994 he has experimented with exhibitions of this technology in many laces including picture galleries.

According to him, the changes in the leaves are related to the physiology and ecology of the plants, and in the same way as humans brain wave patterns change, they too fluctuate in real time over the space of seconds or minutes, and it is now widely recogised that some of these fluctuations exhibit features of high level information processing.

Plants which exhibit individual reactions according to their genus and location, changing in minute ways when their immediate environment changes, such as when people come near.

So, now we are being offered the chance to reevaluate the ways in which we unilaterally and autocratically perceive things through visual perception alone.

Through revealing essential characteristics of things which have been intractable simply through analysis of ecology, we are brought to a position which questions life itself, where complex life forms which we cannot ordinarily be perceived exist

If we recognise Art as something which runs at a tangent to everyday life, then we can surely say that the kind of experiments exhibited here are a truly superb form of artistic endeavour.

This exhibition, being held simultaneously in Tokyo and Kansai, is a rare opportunity to see DOGANE's work as, although he lives in Kansai, he has exhibited mainly in Tokyo.

Kazuo AMANO, curator, O Art Museum


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