Takahiro Matsuo: Phantasm

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    interactive installation


Artist Statement:

    Explore a fantasy world experience at some time, somewhere in our memory. Phantasm is an interactive installation in which participants are illuminated in a small, dreamlike space. As you grasp a glowing sphere, the area lights up in pale blue light, and white butterflies appear from nowhere as a soft piano melody flows. Butterflies fly slowly and gloriously, gathering toward the sphere, and chase you as you move the sphere. The sphere is the key to the real world and fantasy. Participants can experience the nostalgia of playing with butterflies by moving around or holding the sphere in the air. Beautiful white butterflies draw wing strokes in the air as if they are symbols of a fantasy world; they delicately lead you into their world. If you cover the sphere with your hands to shut out the light, the butterflies gradually disappear, leaving silence and lingering light, bringing you back to reality. You will find yourself perplexed, as if you have experienced a fleeting dream.