Global Bearing

We can’t feel the round Earth though we live on a globe and satellite photograph do not really synchronize with the ground under our feet.

Global Bearing, by Hirakawa Norimichi, makes it possible to feel the round Earth in your sense, and explore it by controlling a pole set on the floor. When the pole is moved like a gyrocompass, the map of the other side of the planet will appear in conjunction to its inclination.

041030_hall.jpgThe special experience – pointing the world through the ground – that we can’t experience in usual may be able to influence audience’s thought. For example, if you could point to Iraq through the ground, the TV news might be seen with some difference. or if you could point to your trip destination, you could enjoy your trip more before your leaving.

Winner of the Excellence Prize for the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2004.