Exhibition: "Image and Matter"

I recently visited a marvellous interactive exhibition at ISETAN in Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur. "Image and Matter" is the first solo exhibition by Yoichi Ochyai, an artist and assistant professor at Tsukuba University. These are some of the highlights.

The Levitrope

The first greets you by the entrance, in front of a giant exhibition poster. Reminiscent of planets, five spheres levitate, leisurely rotating above a mirror-like disc. 

A second Levitrope awaits inside, inviting the viewer to survey its slow waltz against a calming backdrop. 


Looking Through Pixie Dust

"Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around my eyes, look into my eyes, you're under."*

"Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around my eyes, look into my eyes, you're under."*

A kaleidoscope transformed from 2D to 3D. I didn't quite understand how it worked but I liked the cyberpunk head and kaleidoscope eyes.

* The caption is a reference to Little Britain


Pixie Dust

Small Styrofoam particles are made to hover in mid-air through so-called acoustic levitation.

My absolute favourite because it felt the most magical.  When you look into the container, you can see the styrofoam particles dancing around from the soundwaves.

How to play

  1. Take a pinch of some styrofoam particles
  2. Sprinkle it gently over the middle of the container, a little at a time
  3. Look closely and you can see some of the styrofoam particles hovering mid-air (around 0:11 in the video), held aloft by soundwaves.

OMG MAGIC! ✨


Fairy Lights in Femtoseconds

A new way of interacting with light and sound via three-dimensional synthesis of both generated with a holographic synthesis.

This is the closest you'll come to Tinkerbell being real. I assume that since this project involved lasers and other heavy-duty equipment, it was easier (and safer) to play a video demonstration.

I understand this to mean they did stuff with lasers to produce a temporary thing which you can play with! 

I understand this to mean they did stuff with lasers to produce a temporary thing which you can play with! 


This is one of the best exhibitions I've been to in a while because it has an engaging mix of art and science to produce wonder and delight. The interactive elements make it super fun for adults and kids alike. My iPhone photos and videos simply don't do it justice. You must experience this exhibition if you're in KL.

"Image and Matter" exhibition details

  • When: 11 December 2016 to 14 January 2017
  • Where: CUBE_1, ISETAN the Japan Store, Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • (Link)
We were fortunate enough to be the very first visitors! So we had a photo opportunity with the artist and received an autographed card. ❤️

We were fortunate enough to be the very first visitors! So we had a photo opportunity with the artist and received an autographed card. ❤️