Rintaro Hara | Works
- Stretching City
- Material: polycarbonate plate, motor, relay switch, wire
- Year: 2011
- Place: Cosmo Tower, Osaka
The tower-shaped object stretches up and down repeatedly with the use of a motor. This piece brings to life a three-dimensional version of the scene from the sci-fi movie, Dark City (1997), where a cluster of skyscrapers undergo a metamorphosis using computer graphics. From the 90’s onward, computer graphics became an essential film technique for so-called Hollywood movies, and traditional analog stop-motion film in sci-fi was displaced by digital technologies, making things that were once outside of the realm of possibility possible to express in film. This piece ventures to replicate an image born out of these CG technologies with a simple three-dimensional body using an analog approach, and by doing so takes a new look at the question: What is the difference between analog and digital? At the same time, the stretching of the building draws out the creation-destruction-recreation fate of structures in modern society in a way that is both comical and cynical.