The first thing I did when I walked into kaikou was to stop where I was and stumble around. The whole gallery was pitch black, apart from the gigantic luminous puddle encroaching half of the space, and the sounds of voices echoing infinitely around me. Every figure was only discernible from the backdrop by only a couple degrees in value; humans easily in the vast areas of darkness. Let me explain the set-up:
To one side, a large puddle marbled with luminescent particles. Above it were pebbles, covered in a fluorescent pigment and strung from the ceiling- which reflected in the pool below. To the left back side of the space, there was a curve of various sizes of coral-type structures. These structures glowed with a powdery pigment that was very, very reminiscent of the effect a light has being shone underwater. In the annex room there was a circular, two-level rotating platform with more fluorescent rocks arranged on it. These rocks followed the edges of the platforms, and rotated around them.
Overall, being inside the installation was a pretty crazy experience. The warmth and the water made for a slight increase in humidity, which made being in the darkness feel like swimming in black ink. I considered the balance of light and dark, life under extreme conditions, never-ending spaces, and currents marred by climate change. Talking to Shohei himself was (as always) a pleasure, and our discussion of the installation was fruitful.
For more information on Shohei Katayama: https://www.shoheikatayama.com/