Art / photography

Numen / For use Interview

Numen / For useインタビュー

We interviewed Numen / For use, a group of Croatian-Austrian artists who will make their debut in Asia.

Q1) About Numen / For use.

— This is your first appearance in Asia. Thank you for coming to Japan. I think that some Japanese people will know about Numen / For use as a result of this smart illumination. First of all, I would like to talk about the artist group NUMEN / FOR USE. What kind of organization is NUMEN / FOR USE? Please tell me the origin of the name.

We (Cristoph, Nikola, I [Sven]) formed a group in 1998 under the name For Use. At that time, he was still enrolled in the Industrial Design University of Zagreb and Vienna. "For Use" comes from our work at that time, when we were focusing on functional and reducing design. A year later, Numen was formed as a group of artists who can realize any project beyond the boundaries of industrial design. The origin of "Noumenon" comes from the word "noumenon" in the minority literature I was reading at that time. It is a transcendental object that can be recognized without feeling. In other words, "phenomenon" means something opposite.

Q2) About the work

Please tell us about your work so far and this time. NUMEN / FOR USE has produced many works that customers can participate in. I heard that this time as well, it is a work that you can enjoy inside. However, the material of the work has changed from the white tape to the black net. Is there any reason for that?

The main reason for changing the material of the work to the net is that I wanted to create a more permanent landscape. The tape installation was short-lived as a material and was very site-specific. I used the black color simply because the material used for the shade net was black, but it works well to emphasize the expected net-scape overlap. Did. We are already thinking about incorporating white nets and composite color nets using yellow, magenta, and cyan into future installations.

This exhibition work "Net Blow-up" This exhibition work "Net Blow-up" [/ caption]

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Also, this time it will be an exhibition in a tourist destination called Yokohama and a port town. Moreover, since the work will be announced at "Smart Illuminations", I think it will be a collaboration with many night views (illuminations). What points did you think about the exhibition space when creating your work? What do you expect from the announcement in Yokohama?

I really like the idea of "night view". As with tape installations, the illuminations bring out the best in the net. I want to isolate my work from the surroundings, create an artificial horizon, and make it look like the whole thing is emitting light from the inside-thus, this completely new prototype "the Net Blow-Up" was born. In the manufacturing process, the net became a self-supporting and inflatable device, and also gained a new aspect. It appears as a silhouette on a translucent screen that shines against the background of the night sky.

Please tell us if there is anything you would like the participating customers to feel.

Through this precious opportunity to exhibit our new work, we hope that the work and the visitors will have a positive influence on each other, and that the people of Yokohama will gather and relax during the festival. nowvinegar.

Q3) About "Hikari"

What does “Hikari” mean to you? Please feel free to answer.

"Hikari" is attractive, but it is often incorporated into the work tangentially rather than directly as the subject matter. In a tape installation where translucent tapes fold, the light is potentially always important, causing an interesting spread in the overlapping layers of tape, creating a unique light. The net is also translucent due to its perforated structure and captures light well. I often deal with membranes (sheets that apply thick film printing technology) and transparent materials whose appearance changes depending on the light that enters and its reflection. In performing arts, I think it is essential to conceptually start with the manipulation of light and shadow in order to create the final image. One of the works we are working on on a trial basis, Numen-Light, is illuminated as an essence to create a slight disturbance in the endless light-scape. It represents a sense of turmoil.


Q4) Please give a message to everyone in Japan.

We are looking forward to the first exhibition of works in Japan and Asia. In particular, there are high expectations for the simultaneous announcement of two art works (Tape Tokyo / Net Yokohama) in a completely new region and cultural area. I realized that our own senses are very close to the Japanese character and spirit, so I am confident that we will come back to Japan in the future.

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Q1) Thank you for coming to Japan. This is your first time to present your work in Asia. Smart Illumination Yokohama will be a great opportunity for Japanese people to get to know NUMEN / FOR USE and its artwork. Please let me start with a few questions about the artist group, NUMEN / FOR USE. What sort of group is the NUMEN / FOR USE? Where did this name come from?

–We (Cristoph, Nikola and myself) started the group under the banner For Use back in 1998 when we were still in college of industrial design in Zagreb and Vienna. Monicker "For Use" came from our then obsession with functionality and reductive design. A year later we established Numen as a collective identity covering all projects actuallyized outside the sphere of industrial design.
"Numen" derives from some esoteric literature we used to read at the time-"noumenon" means a transcendental object, one graspable without the use of senses –ie.the opposite of phenomenon.

Q2) Please tell us about your current artwork as well as your past work. NUMEN / FOR USE has produced numerous interactive artwork where the spectators could participate in. The current exhibit also has the same concept in that the spectators can be part of the artwork. And enjoy the experience. However, in terms of the material used, it has changed from white tape to black net. Is there any reason for this change?

–Our main reason for this switch into Net objects was the wish to produce a more permanent floating landscape, since our Tape installation was by nature utterly ephemeral and very site specific.The color black is simply the standard shade used for safety nets and it worked Well in emphasizing gradients of visibility in the overlapping layers of the envisioned net-scape. We are, however, already contemplating the use of white or yellow-magenta-cyan combo nets in our future installations.

This exhibition work "Net Blow-up" This exhibition work "Net Blow-up" [/ caption]

tapeinstaration Tape installation work "Tape Melbourne" (2011) [/ caption]

This time, the exhibition will be held in tourist part of Yokohama harbor. Also, as part of the Smart Illumination, the artwork will be presented among other illuminations and as a night piece. With that in mind, how did it affect your creative process ??Also, what is your expectation in terms of presenting in Yokohama?

–We really liked the idea of a "night-piece". Tape installations always looked best while illuminated and for Net to work in the same way we needed to isolate it from the surroundings, to create an artificial horizon and make the entire structure seem illuminated from within –which led to the construction of a completely new prototype for the Yokohama event –the Net Blow-Up. Through this process the initial Net became a self-standing, inflatable enclosure and acquired a new, outside aspect; a shadow- play of silhouettes on the translucent skin of the light bubble against the substrates of the night sky.
If you have anything in particular that you hope the audience to experience through your artwork, please let us know.
–We expect a good interaction with the visitors and a great opportunity for our new piece to serve as a proper community hammock to the people of Yokohama for the time of the Festival.

Q3) What does “HIKARI” (which is “light” in Japanese) mean for NUMEN / FOR USE? Please feel free to make any comment.

–Hikari fascinates us but we generally don't tackle it directly in our work but rather tangentially –it was always latently important in the semi-transparent folds of the Tape installation, which has a specific quality of light where interesting diffusions happen in the layers We actually often work with membranes and transparency levels relying strongly on light and its refraction through materials.In our theater work we always conceptually start from One of our experimental objects, Numen-Light, has illumination as its essence, showing a slightly disturbing, infernal capacity of an endless light-scape.
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Q4) Do you have any messages or comments you would like to share with the Japanese spectators?

–We are very excited to be exhibiting in Japan (and Asia for that matter) for the first time, especially with the fact that we will present ourselves to this completely new territory and culture with two art-pieces simultaneously (Tape Tokyo and Net Yokohama) ). Since we find our own sensibility to be very close to the Japanese character and spirit, we are pretty certain we will be returning in the future.

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