Inspired by the theory of Hermeneutics, the kinetic audio-visual installation "Hypergradient" analyzes the different interpretations of an impartial consistent statement.

Hypergradient
Kinetic audio-visual installation

The installation repeatedly changes between two states: the “statement” state and the “interpretation” state. The statement state displays a sequence of characters of a distinct semiotic system, which can be described as a deputy for all known semiotic systems. These single characters are grouped to strings and then form string orders into an abstract proposition. When the installation reaches the interpretation state, the whole space changes into darkness. Through the constant change of light, the physical deformation of the surface and the consequent modification of perception, the original statement now has to be interpreted by the observer.

The semiotic system for Hypergradient consists of 26 different characters. The number of the characters is derived from the Latin Alphabet — one of the most common alphabets in the world — but should not be limited or seen as an equivalent for the Abc notation. Instead, this distinct semiotic system stands for the smallest entity of a sequence, which together form an abstract statement. This entity / character also could represent a whole word, an object, a sound, a color, a habit, etc. or even a statement itself. A character is depicted by a static state or a moving array with one or more of the 13 actuators.

Semiotic system for the installation on an external interface screen
Semiotic system for the installation on an external interface screen
"10s" character in statement state
"10s" character in statement state
"10s" character in interpretation state
"10s" character in interpretation state
hypergradient_side
hypergradient_1
hypergradient-inter-is
hypergradient-actuator
"12s" character in statement state
"12s" character in statement state
"06s" character in interpretation state
"06s" character in interpretation state

“What is a semiotic machine? A robot, a computer running programs endowed with artificial intelligence, any computer, a simple calculating machine, or even an ordinary mechanical typewriter? (…) (Charles Sanders) Peirce, long before the advent of computers, showed on the one hand that machines can certainly participate in processes of quasi-semiosis, but on the other hand that human minds, to a certain degree, can also operate like mere machines.”
Abstract taken from SEED Journal 2003 (3), p. 81-99, Prof. Dr. Winfried Nöth / University of Kassel

Credits
Production — KASUGA

Published
July 2016

Awards
2017 — Jury Selection 20th Japan Media Arts Festival