Ryota Kuwakubo‘s ‘The Tenth Sentiment’ is a remarkable kinetic installation that creates it’s own landscape out of moving shadows. Kuwakubo, a Japanese multi media artist, has been creating work for over 10 years based on the themes of relationships formed across various boundaries such as analog and digital, humans and machines and information transmitters and receivers. His work generally involves creating devices that are designed not only for providing experiences but also as tools for establishing communications between the people who experience them. It is a style that has come to be known as Device Art.
In ‘The Tenth Sentiment’ viewers walk around a room as a model train with an LED light maneuvers along a set a of tracks, focusing a light at commonplace objects on the ground which subsequently cast large shadows on the walls of the room. These shadows change from crowds of people, to cityscapes, to tunnels as the piece continues. What’s more because the light is in constant motion the shadows give the audience the impression they’re watching a moving landscape out of the window of the train. It’s much easier to watch the video than to explain it with words. Suffice to say it’s a marvellous piece of kinetic sculpture.