Line is a performative installation that incorporates a transformation from 2D drawing to 3D installation.
We are repeating the endless cycle of birth, life and death each ksana (setsuna), every 0.013second
Line as a manner of thinking…
First act is of drawing a simple straight line on paper, the shortest distance between one point and another, in one quick short stroke. This action, repeated thousands of times on thousands of sheets of paper represents the axis of “ksana” (“setsuna”), a moment. In Buddhism, the Sanskrit word ksana is a measure of time (setsuna in Japanese). It is approximately one seventy-fifth of a second, i.e. 0.013s, such a small amount of time that it eludes our conscious awareness. It is believed that the cycle of birth, life and death recurs endlessly within the space of one ksana.
The next act is crumpling the paper. This process, halfway to destruction, creates additional irregular points along the drawn lines. This crumpling alludes to the infinitely complicated dealings or circumstances that always happen in the relatively tiny period of a human life circulation. But if there is a moment of spreading that crumpled paper, we might realise that the straight line can be multiply reshaped; that the crumpling is not destructive, but part of a process that ultimately allows a straight line to be reborn as a curve; that we can conceptualise “Anicca” (impermanence), the Buddhist belief that all things, including the self, are impermanent and constantly changing.