Utsuroi Iroha

Mayuko Kanazawa2014

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum
Singapore, Singapore

Utsuroi Iroha invites the audience to become part of the artwork, while travelling through seasons and time. Movement and image-recognition sensors react to visitors with different surprising results – raise your hands to animate flowers in Spring, morph into a mythical creature in Summer, jump to play with forest animals in Autumn, and become a snowman in Winter!

Residents of tropical countries, such as Singapore, experience the passage of time quite differently from those who live in temperate regions. The artist uses the changing seasons to highlight how Japanese culture and emotions are strongly affected by changes in the seasons. The theme of the four seasons has deep roots in her culture and through this work, she hopes to share how Japanese people co-exist with nature and encourage visitors to consider how their actions can impact nature and the environment.


  • Title: Utsuroi Iroha
  • Creator: Mayuko Kanazawa
  • Date Created: 2014
  • Physical Dimensions: Dimensions variable
  • Provenance: Artwork and sounds by Mayuko Kanazawa, Engineering by Ichi Kanaya, Masataka Imura, Shinji Tanaka and Yu Shimura, Collection of the Artist
  • Medium: Interactive instalation with painting and animation on canvas, kinect, handy camera, iPhone, PCs, projectors and speakers

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