Story of EAZEL

A Way of Archiving Time

"The studies on archives that preserve the present and remember the past are definitely the most important issue in contemporary art, and we believe that the virtual reality technology that we chose can be a new archiving medium for the art world. "


Films, featuring time travel, have become very popular in the past couple of years. Time travelers in such films have a common trait that they go back in time and modify their behaviors. Human perception starts from interweaving the frames of time and space.

In the Japanese animation film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Makoto leaps through time over and over again to play cupid with her love life.

When we think about the specific moments in the past, present, and future, we naturally come up with where ‘I was’ at that time, ‘I am’ at this time, and ‘where I will be’ in the future. In other words, by going against the formulaic time stream, the time travelers also try to dominate the space, which works as a tool for storing time. This wish represents a human desire to shake the basic structure of human perception.

If so, why do they want to go back to the past? The answer is very simple. It is because they want to change something in the future. Even at this moment, the present constantly runs towards the future, layering past into present. Unlike the past and present, the future is where we can only approach through expectations and imaginations. That’s why we are always afraid of the future that we have never experienced. For that reason, we try to foretell our futures through our previous experience and present perception in order to minimize the number of cases possible to unexpectedly occur and overcome our fear of uncertainty. It is our instinctive effort to reduce our unfamiliarity with the future, and it ultimately enables our secure access to the future.

Installation view of When Attitudes Become Form held in 1969 in Bern Kunsthalle, Switzerland. Reminiscing about the historic show, we rely on documentary images to guide our memory and preserve the past. We believe that Virtual Reality will enable you to not only archive historic exhibitions such as the aforementioned, but also allow you to experience them firsthand. Image courtesy of J. Paul Getty Trust, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, and StAAG/RBA.

To make a long story short, .EAZEL has been started from our naïve wishes to allow people to experience all the art exhibitions around the world. We have met various people in the art industry including artists, curators, galleries, auctioneers, critics, and also students in art schools and got a chance to listen to their opinions on our missions. Almost all of them have shown their interests in the virtual reality technology, the new recording medium to film the exhibitions and preserve them forever.

The studies on archives that preserve the present and remember the past are definitely the most important issue in contemporary art, and we believe that the virtual reality technology that we chose can be a new archiving medium for the art world. we have been seeking for various ways that the virtual reality technology can function as the archiving medium and encouraging the art institutions to use our platform as a tool to livestream and share their currently ongoing exhibitions with global audience without geographical and time barriers.

Virtual Reality will revive the past and connect it to the present. British artist Mat Collishaw recreates William Henry Fox Talbot's 1839 photography show by the use of Virtual Reality technology. Image courtesy of Mat Collishaw and VMI studio.

A few days ago, I learned the origin of ‘imagination’ in Chinese character from a TV show. In Chinese, ‘imagination’ is ‘想像,’ and it literally means ‘thinking about formation’. It was originated from an ancient day in China when the Chinese people had to guess the shape of elephants only from the ivories of elephants, imported from India.

When I heard about this interesting story, I thought our way of archiving is not so different from it. While making up an elephant from the ivories that we preserve, we try to deliver the value of archiving and sharing art by standing at the point where the elephant becomes another pair of ivories for the imagination of the next generations.