Yasushi Noguchi has been dedicated to projects in contemporary art and interaction design. His activity is summarized as the two key concepts of “Field Art” and “Social Code.”
Field Art represents the idea of rediscovering and reconstructing faded or disappeared facts related to places in history such as the collective memories of local communities.
Social Code offers the trigger for reconsidering social problems that are hidden, unknown or camouflaged from us, though it is a fundamental power or authority to form our society. The politics and economic systems around the nuclear business are explicit examples that represent this idea.
His works are always tied to the concept of either Field Art or Social Code, and these often merge in one project. This is because these concepts share the same perspectives in terms of redefining hidden code and structures behind the history or social issues.
He organized a public media art exhibition called “Kabukicho Art Site”(2011) in Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Japan. Interactive and participatory projects were exhibited in and out of shipping containers in public spaces of Kabukicho such as a park and square. “Public Media Art” is a new type of media art project that aims to intervene into public places as communicative or social spaces. It especially uses computer technology as the main methodology.
“Watch Me!” (2009-) is an experimental project dedicated to documenting social code by intervening in a public space. It watches the different behavior of people’s “eyes” using a robot bear as an unusual event. The project was finally presented as an installation.
“c-loc Software” (2009- ) has a wide range of characteristics such as media art, information design as well as software development. It is time-and-space mapping software by which anyone can simultaneously visualize chronological and geographical data as three-dimensional graphics, offering a new way to visualize time and space using a time layer scheme and interactive three-dimensional graphics.
In the “Collected Remembrance” (2007-) Project, he interviewed local residents about stories that have faded or disappeared with the lapse of time and reconstructed them as a time-space mapping system.
The “Receipt Project” (2007-) is an art project as well as statistical research and sociological fieldwork.
In this project, participants are directed to donate their unused receipts, and those are geographically and chronologically mapped as an installation. On the other hand, its information is stored into a database and visualized as three-dimensional graphics. The project explores visualization of the activities, tendency and relationship etc. of people who are related to the area, and re-edits and reconstructs its information by composing multi-dimensional perspectives.
Noguchi is currently engaged in a project named “Some Questions about Nuclear” aiming at reconsidering the existence of nuclear energy because of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. He will interview people related to the nuclear industry (e.g., victims and plant workers) in Japan and India, and collect videos of the interviews as the material for a video installation.
Furthermore, he will create information maps linked to nuclear energy (e.g., the price of grants-in-aid from the nation to local governments and the map of historical nuclear accidents), in an attempt to trigger public attention by offering the hidden structure of the nuclear industry and policy that is not generally open to us.
He is in the middle of his research, and an outline of the project will be proposed in 2014.