The tenth sentiment
Season of Japan
Plunged in the darkness of a castle room, an invisible mechanism switches on. The hall seems empty when, suddenly, giant shadows are projected onto the walls, displaying incredible landscapes and evoking an imaginary, endless road movie.
Japanese artist Ryota Kuwakubo enchants spectators of all ages with his theatre of shadows, activated by a tiny electric model train. This toy from another era carefully snakes its way through a clever set-up of found objects (pencils, clothespins, salad shakers, miniature cars and soldiers…). This locomotive has a tiny light bulb that creates moving image-shadows whose scale blurs our perception and sends us rushing past familiar landscapes.
Ryota Kuwakubo won the 2010 Japan Media Arts Prize for The Tenth Sentiment in Tokyo.