shinji MAEDA

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maeda01

maeda01

BEAMER
2012
wood (pine), urethane paint, audio speaker unit (BOSE)
1,400 × 900 × 850 mm

Description
-Fiction-
In the 1920s, a team of scientists formed an unofficial unit within the NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics).
The team was called G.S.A(General Service for Alien) and while their program was primitive in the context of the larger space development program, their objectives at the time have yet to be realized.
The objective of their program was to communicate with space.
Genuine efforts to reach out and communicate with any extraterrestrial lifeforms have been countless.
But these efforts are inevitably confined by the limits of the existence of man and earth.
However there was one idea conceived about 100 years ago was so radical and inspirational that it they proceeded as planned regardless of mundane bureaucratic issues and limitations.
That's because they chose to use God to broadcast their message to space.
If God is omnipotent and omniscient, surely this higher being would have the ability to provide a connection with space!
According to these scientists, however, using God to send a message would not be as simple as religious prayer.
It would be their responsibility to devise the medium through which to catch the ear of God.
The scientists began developing a plan to build a communication instrument. That instrument was called
The researchers began to dream of an apparatus worthy of this God required a FORM and SHAPE.
The researchers envisioned the ultimate machine with the practical, yet superb shape to send into space.
This form also reflected the concept that the larger the size, the better.
A magnificently large amplifier would surely reach the ears of a God far, far away.
In no time, the BEAMER was completed and served to provide the birth cry of the space.
The installation you see here is a 1/10 replica of the original BEAMER.
The actual **** was 13 meters high, 7 meters wide, and 7 meters deep. The speakers were 2 meters in diameter. A smaller version is 1.2 meters.
The configuration was applied to the vertical tail of the space shuttle. The rational was that in physical terms, the positioning would reach God that much sooner.
In addition, a depiction of man (i.e. Adam and Eve) would be placed in metallic on Pioneer 10. A airline company, German Suplex Airlines was the recipient of the tremendous funds to build the apparatus and on one surface, their logo of was embossed.
When the BEAMER was complete, the researchers first communication to space was this: "Unbelievable".




maeda02

German Suplex Airline
2011
wood(pine), urethane paint
1,850 × 1,780 × 450 mm

Description
This work is chance to establish an airline called German Suplex Airlines.
First of all, I produced it for only announced an exhibition <150th anniversary of interchange, Japan- Germany>.
However, the project was in progress, and 311 happened.
Therefore, even the holding of the exhibition was anxious about, but It could open to change the concept that the eagerness such as “what can we do for stricken area” by organizer and artist.
Actually, this work is made by debris.
The marks of the cities, towns and villages where I suffered from are inlaid underwear of surface Karl Gotch with, I designed something like strength to overcome an earthquake disaster. This work stirred a lot of thought afterwards.
I was attracted by beauty of the whole airplane by having made a part of the airplane.
And I make up my mind to begin a plan to obtain airplane in itself rather, I decided the airline establishment called German Suplex Airlines.
And I collected talented people on running it.
Please pay attention in future what kind of move we make.




maeda03

maeda03

countach 2012
2010
wood, iron, stainless steel
1,100 × 1,800 × 4,500 mm

Video:  http://youtu.be/PAyXICWT3mU

Description
I proposed how of scattering taking the vehicle for which everyone yearned and going to die.
I try to produce the one which drives desire that people still want to get on feeling fear of the limit of death.> http://www.liquidroom.net/interview/431/ (interview detail)
As I said on this interview,this work has a meaning :`the bravest, beautiful coffin in the world’
All steering wheels were excluded, view is closed,and the engine is uncontrollable pulse-jet engine.
If having boarded in this setting, it is certain to reach the world where the dimension is exceeded at last. Is it a death,future or the past that you may reach by chance?
This is ultimate experience work.
If you try, it’s the end.




maeda04

maeda04

piano+incubator
2008~
wood, iron, urethane paint
1,550 × 1,700 × 1,300 mm

Description
I would say this is very difficult work.
Though youcan understand because of the title but it might be still` ? ‘ in relativity with piano and incubator.
I have to explain about it.
I wanted to make ‘ Chicken that barks beautifully ‘.
In piano, there are tens of fertilized eggs.
The eggs are not only simply there.
They also work the effect to change the piano tone quality.
It appears the effect of sound quality on piano.
In the other hand, I thought the prenatal care might be automatically done by sounding beautiful tone to the interior of the womb.
If it’s possible, the chicken that was born makes to inborn,and a beautiful melody and the sound according to their cry.
The bird has the habit to think that it is parents of the one seen for the first time.
So I thought it may also work on even sound.
This is all my interpretation,though,,,,




maeda05

maeda05

zidane1
2009
stuffed crocodile, clay, paraglider
Dimensions Variable




maeda05

maeda05

unnecessary item of Noah
2009
rifle (AK47), wood, urethane paint, clay
1,800 × 950 × 550 mm




maeda07

maeda07

recollection
2007
U.S army's parachute, hat, acryl paint
Dimensions Variable

Description
I made clothes that the people of severe Hasidic Jews put on from the parachute of the U.S army.
Because the material of the parachute was thin and light, it was considerably had trouble in controlling to change it into the tailored jacket.
I think that I stop it only in my mind though there are a lot of shades of meaning ofthis work.
When I held the one-man show of `Middlesex identity ‘ several years after this work had been made, this work appeared in the press photograph.




maeda08

maeda08

case for no5
2007
wood, CHANEL No.5
1,900 × 650 × 550 mm