Media artist Yoichi Ochiai to showcase NFT artworks at Tokyo exhibition

Media artist Yoichi Ochiai will showcase his latest series of artworks using NFTs during a solo exhibition in Tokyo from September 28 to October 11.

The solo exhibition “Nuru sokuze shiki sokuze nuru” is organized by Tugboat, an online gallery operator, and will be held at shopping complex Hankyu Men’s Tokyo in Yurakucho, Tokyo.

Born in 1987, Ochiai is a Tokyo-based media artist who explores the boundaries of materialization, transformation and mass. He is an associate professor at Tsukuba University, a guest professor at Kyoto City University of Arts, a guest professor at Osaka University of Arts, a specially appointed professor at Digital Hollywood University, and a guest professor at Kanazawa College of Art.

His latest work, “Nuru sokuze shiki sokuze nuru,” is a piece of experimental work which takes on a motif from the Buddhist scripture the Heart Sutra. Ochiai attempts to reinterpret the motif “Form is emptiness and emptiness is form” using silver sculptures that do not retain any tangible form. 

In “Nuru sokuze shiki sokuze nuru,” a mirrored sculpture floating in mid-air cuts through the landscape and rotates, reminding people of the harmony and transformation of the human soul and landscape. 

In another work, “Re-Digitalization of Waves,” Ochiai set the frame rate to zero and lands on a highly massive 2.5-dimensional print in the process of repeated transitions between digital and material.

The NFTs used in the artworks will be sold together with their corresponding displays. Online sales are scheduled to begin at 2pm on September 28.

The exhibition will also be held in October and November in Osaka.