Tomoyuki Yanagawa

When we are confronted with an image, just what is it that we see, and what do we feel?
In the realm of the visual arts, the basic act of “seeing” has been interrogated in a variety of ways. Since the 20th century, however, amidst a movement toward greater emphasis on concepts in art, issues associated with the act of seeing have gradually ceased to be treated as serious. In the 21st century, in order to come to grips with these issues, we can sense the need to reconsider our approach from the stage of visual perception.
Employing psychophysical analysis and the latest technology, this project is an attempt to gain a more profound understanding of humankind and the world through consideration of the fundamental act of “seeing,” while at the same time seeking out new possibilities in the visual arts.
About "Valeur"

The 《Valeur》 series, ongoing since 2013, is a project that examines images as aggregations of pixels, seeking to quantify the effects they have on the viewer’s sense of sight.
We assume that all images in digital media can be expressed in units called pixels. Each of the pixels in the image retains its own values for color and location, and each has a reciprocal power within the interrelationships of the whole. The effect imparted by a change in a single pixel may be insignificant, but as changes accumulate, they gradually take on a larger power to mold the impression of the whole. We believe that the true identity of that power—that is, the valeur, or color value—is the most important factor in shaping the image, and we have made it possible to quantify that power with an algorithm of our own creation.