Lantern of Nuclear Reactor 原子炉走馬灯

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原発に捧げる走馬灯。回転する絵柄はナスレッディン・ホジャのとんち話のひと場面です。ホジャの舞台であるアラビア文明はギリシャ・ローマの英知を継承/発展させました。走馬灯や原子炉の原型とも言える蒸気タービンの研究もその一つです。ホジャのとんち話から原発への諷刺ともとれるものを選びました。

Lantern of Nuclear Reactor: Tale of Hoca (series of three)

2013 paper, wood, light bulb, cellophane sheet, watercolour 60 x 60 x H60cm

A 13th century Sufi mystic and philosopher, Nasreddin Hoca (pronounced ho-jah), was popular for his anecdotes and witticisms. Three of them are illustrated by the lanterns’ revolving images and inscribed upon their base. The form of the lanterns, each titled Rubbish, Shame and Pain, is an unlikely but nevertheless elegant synthesis between the Japanese revolving paper lantern, the earliest known steam-powered turbine documented by Ottoman polymath Taqi al-Din, and a simplified model of a modern light-water nuclear reactor. Multiple scientific and technological influences from both the East and West have their confluence in the words of Hoca that may signal either a renewal of knowledge or a regression towards anachronistic wisdom.

Works

8 Balls Pride
Rabbit Parade
¡No Pasarán!
Insects War of Racism
Cavity 現代的虫歯
Lantern 原子炉走馬灯
Island of Nuclides
Prey 首相と支持者
Galley ガレー船
Portolan chart
Treasure - Chocopie
Diary of a bird
Nomadism 遊牧
Sea Cucumber なまこ
Globes in the sky
Clam landscape アサリ
Wave drawing
Turbin shell サザエ史観
Drawing map
Shippou-Mari 七宝毬
Veil
Cicada
Cicada's eclosion and I
Ferriswhee 観覧車
Game of GO
Fetisism 物神
Free Man
Endless drawing
Aquarium 水族館