YAMANASHI-University, YGU-Kofu, Kofu-shi,
'NEUMEN* motion/flow - Signs moved'
This work is a permanent exterior installation on one wall of Japan's
oldest sport hall, YGU Kofu, designed by Tachu Naito, one of the
most eminent architects of Japanese modernism. The work is a kinetic
installation, consisting of 75 aluminum panels mounted on steel
prisms. The prisms are put in motion by computer control. In the
course of a year up to 262 different choreographed combinations
of images become visible.
The title 'NEUMEN* motion/flow - Signs moved'
already indicates essential characteristics of the installation.
Due to the rotation of the panels, images and signs seem to merge,
intersect, resemble, or also cancel one another. Thus they create
paradoxes and syllogisms.
The viewer reading the signs is surprised by
a nexus of unusual meanings, unexpected shifts and unorthodox combinations.
This also holds true for the installation as an abstraction in painting,
as Hirtl makes use of abstraction in order to create an approximation
of the written signs in their meaning/contents. That is, composition,
colors and lines anticipate the meaning of the signs. Thus the subject
is represented by the media of painting and, at the same time, by