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"skin hole project"

My Production Method: A Study Concerning the Interface "Skin"

Perhaps we should ask ourselves how the world we live in would look if we were to look at it from an objective point of view. For instance, how do the information and sensations we receive from the external world exist within us before they are fixed in our minds as memories and recognitions? What is "pure sensation" like, which our bodies receive from the external world? Needless to say, it is almost impossible for us to even imagine or think about those states. Since our actions of "looking" and "feeling" can never escape being bound by "recognition", which is controlled by subjectivity.

Therefore, I also aimed to create a type of device (of course, this should be seen in a symbolic sense) that can purely take in the world at the point at which the body comes in contact with it; that is, a device that can take in a form before it changes to memory, without undergoing the "imagining" and "thinking" processes. My mind was strictly set on manifesting before one's eyes the existence that simply and purely reflects "eternal". My work entitled "skin hole - skin sense" is a life-sized camera obscura; my body acts as the model. On various parts of the surface, I opened holes to resemble pores, which functioned as pinhole lenses. Utilizing the basic principle of camera obscura, this work attempted to fix the external world that is projected on the inside onto film and photographic paper.

Needless to say, whether or not there ever existed a photographic conductor, such as film, the external world would be ceaselessly projected onto the inside of "his body" in my work "skin hole - skin sense". In my view, "his body", which has escaped a subjective point of view, can act as a symbolic existence that can cast an objective point of view in between a person and the world.

(Excerpt from Catalogue of Nobuyuki OSAKI solo exhibition “Cutaneous Respiration”, 2003)

"skin hole/skin sense" Project [ #01 Duesseldorf ]  2003






skin hole photograph  2003
gelatin silver prints (48 sheets)




skin hole project  2003




skin sense [ #01 Duesseldorf ]
C-print, video (11 min.)



"skin hole/skin sense" Project [ #01 Duesseldorf ]  2003
pinhole camera (the molded at artist body; fiberglass resin, metal structure),
gelatin silver prints (48 sheets), video
installation view at Kunsutraum, Duesseldorf
Solo exhibition"Between Inside and Outside"




skin hole,skin sense [#00,#01,#02]  
Installation view at Power of Printmaking, Museum of Kyoto



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