"ume" (2006) is a kinetic light work by ~ in the fields (DE).



ume captures the precise moment of the cyclical transition from winter to spring, symbolizing the hope of regeneration and a new beginning. Inspiring was a haiku by the Japanese poet Buson of plum blossoms returning to a leafless tree in a moonlit night.

ume comprises self-contained revolving images of plum blossoms in the form of thaumatropes, powered by solar cells. One side of the disk depicts leafless shoots stemming from the branches of a plum tree. On the reverse are bright red blossoms in several stages of development. Due to the persistence of vision, the eyes paint a single image out of two.
Only with the rays of the sun will the blossoms be seen in their entirety, as the sunlight provides the essential energy for the work to come to life.

ume is the first outcome of the aim to integrate alternative energy ~ in the fields. The sun should not be seen as merely an energy source – it is an integral part of the concept and forms the work itself. Each of the 50 components reacts autonomously to the light stimulus provided by 50 solar cells. Even the smallest changes in the sky, such as moving clouds, are mirrored. In binary terms, there is spring or there is not.
 The movement of air created by the thaumatropes evokes the sensation of a breeze wafting through the branches of a tree.
Only the scent of the blossom is absent.


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