takibi charging spot (2018)

Taki-bi is an Installation. It will be a medium that triggers coincidental encounters and spaces in the city, where people who happen to be there on that day and by chance gather around Taki-bi, share the same space and look at Taki-bi together. When a smartphone is placed on the grafted part of Taki-bi, it is charged. However, while the phone is being charged, you have to physically leave it and wait for it to finish charging. As smartphones become more and more popular, people – myself included, find themselves in a cosy, optimised environment on the other side of their smartphone, even when they are present in real life, on the street or on the train. In a world that is gradually becoming technological and personalised, I think it is necessary for us to go out of our completely predetermined and optimised environment (the internet) on a regular basis, to surrender ourselves to the real space, to be attracted by what we encounter and to interact with people we actually meet. The act of lighting a fire (bonfire) is something humanity has been doing since B.C., and even though it was primary used to cook food, we can also assume that people used to surround the fire and communicate with each other. We might even compare bonfires with internet media such as Facebook and Twitter, where people communicate with each other, even though the times and methods are different.

you put smartphone on the tree.

the phone charged and fire become bigger.