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The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (MeSci) will present the special exhibit Exploration of Time.

Exploration of TIME is a new type of science exhibition featuring various concepts of time with diverse perspectives. Focusing on time viewed from life science, the exhibition will illustrate an internal sense of time, such as DNA's body clock, heartbeat of animals, and the relationship between life cycles and planets. Along with the core theme, there are interactive exhibits of time "illusion", the idea of the light-year, relativity theory, and other scientific issues, which will raise questions about the uncertainty of accurate time to visitors.

This exhibitin is organized by MeSci in collaboration with scientific advisers from the Research Institute for Time Studies, Yamaguchi University. Plus, designers, artists, and musicians collaborated with cientists and researchers to create this unique exhibition.

The concept of this exhibition is "exploration" through the world of diversified time. The show will invite audiences to depart from their daily concepts based on time measurement, and to discover new world of different "time" which exists in life, on the earth and in the universe. Catalogs are designed as guidebooks for this exploration, and items are prepared as souvenirs.

As part of Exploration of TIME, MeSci will hold a series by time researchers of public lectures, a symposium, and guided tours of the exhibition. Workshops will also be included. The website for the exhibition will not only give information, but will also present specially commissioned artwork for the web.


Event: Exploration of TIME
Exhibitions, Seminars and Symposiums, Publishing, Souvenir and Website

Date&Time: 19th March -30th June,2003 10:00-17:00 (Closed Tuesdays)

Venue: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Odaiba) 1F Event Zone,
2-41 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 Tel: 03-3570-9151 fax: 03-3570-9150

Admission: Visitors simply pay the general museum admission, with no extra charge for this special exhibit.
(Adults 500yen/18years of age and under 200yen)

Organizer: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation(MeSci)

Scientific Navigators: Research Institute for Time Studies, Yamaguchi University
Makoto Ichikawa/Shin-Ichi T.Inoue/Kenji Tomioka/Kenta Fujisawa/Tomoya Nagai(JST)

Creative Crews: Shin Akiyama/Takeshi Ishiguro/Toshio IWAI/Hisato Ogata+Rieko Miyata/Ryota Kuwakubo/Kashiwa Sato/Takuya Shimada/Yasuhiro Suzuki/Koji Sedo/ Yomei Tanaka/Asao Tokolo+Yoko Ogawa/tomato interactive(Tota Hasegawa)/Tsutomu Nagaoka/Yoshiaki NISHIMURA(LivingWorld)/ Kei Fukuda_imaf*maf)/ Jotaro SHIBUYA/Mitsue MATSUMURA/MINTOS (Michiharu Shimoda & Seiji Hakusui)/

Supporters:Agilent Technologies Inc./Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.,Ltd./WAKABAYASHI ACOUSTIC DESING CORP./BROTHER INDUSTRIES,LTD.,/Metal work Saito Factory CORP.

Cooperation:Yakusugi Museum/Geological Museum,AIST/Acoustic Corp./Shimomura Sound Co.,Ltd./National Astronomical Obs.,/Shin-Ichi Kawakami


*The Exploration of Time in Life
Within the limitless possibility of the universe and life, you are here now. Flashing lights make a visitors shadow a pendulum marking time between numeric indications of that continuum to begin the journey in the "exploration of time."

*The Complete History of Time
If broken down into their tiniest, tiniest parts, our bodies can be seen as conglomerations of various substances that have existed since the Big Bang, and the beginning of the universe. Visitors can "move" back and forth through history images by controlling a joystick.

*Rhythms of Life
All forms of life under the sun live, each in their own time, repeating the same kind of cycle. Visitors can control the 24 hour speed, back and forth of selected images of the sun and the tide, flowers, school yard, city, etc., with a turntable.

*Time Recorder
There are many organisms and substances on earth that document the "time" they have lived. Life and matter of all descriptions "tell" time on their own scale. Each pillow has a picture and a story about growth rings of trees, geologic strata, spiral shells, etc.

*Biological Clock: 24-hour DNA
Your brain has an internal clock that regulates night and day within your body, regardless of will. It consists of a group of cells, called "suprachiasmatic nucleus," which spontaneously works during the day and quiets down at night. Even if removed from the body, these mysterious suprachiasmatic nucleus cells continue to oscillate. These oscillations are part of a mechanism whereby four types of genes called Period, Clock, Cycle, (Bmal1) and Cry, cause the body to manufacture proteins, which eventually reach a critical level at which production is stopped for a period of time. Each cylinder represents each type of genes, with illustrations of their activities during a day.

*Heartbeat Clock
The rhythm of our heart echoes throughout every cell of our body. The vibration of visitor's pulse is conveyed through his/her fingertip, becoming a ring of light floating in the air.

*Animal Time
A mammal's heart beats continually at a rate proportional to the size of the body - slower for larger bodies, faster for smaller ones - providing essential support for the activities of life. How long is an elephant's lifetime? How long is a second to a mouse? Visitors can hug the life-sized models and listen to their pulses.

*What is accurate time?
Today, the atomic clock, which is based on hydrogen atoms, is deemed the most accurate timepiece - so precise that it will finally deviate one second after 10 million years. But the very same clock will run slower closer to the center of the earth's gravitational field, that is, at a lower altitude.

*Light Journey
The light from the stars twinkling in the night sky has traveled (at a speed of 300,000 kilometers per second) for hundreds of millions of years to reach the earth. It is, in effect, light from the distant past. Visitors can look into each "star" to experience the distance.

*Running to the Theory of Relativity
"When we move at high speeds time slows down. Einstein's theory of special relativity made this astonishing reality clear. Here you can experience the simple relationship between speed and the slowing of time by holding a clock and running.

*Visual Time Illusion - Is what you see reality?
In the human visual system, there is a delay of approximately 0.1 second from the time the retina is stimulated before perception is realized. In everyday life, however, it goes unnoticed, because delays in processing visual information are compensated for in various ways. People's perceptions processed by the brain and reality are not the same.

*Audial Time Illusion - How many flashes?
In human experience, the passage of time varies according to the mode of sensory perception. When sound and light stimuli are presented simultaneously, sound appears to precede light. Can regular flashes of light appear to change in number because of peripheral sound?

*An anechoic space
In an anechoic space with minimal stimulation, once the subject focuses their attention on the passing of time, it tends to remain there-and as a result, elapsed time is perceived as longer than normal. We can experience a passing of time that is quite extraordinary.

*Marshmallow Scope: Another Time, Another Space
Video imaginary is stored in the memory of a computer and then shown, through a computer program, creating it into a strange flow of time. Time is now a material for making art.

Repeat, reverberation, delay. Visitors can manipulate time by controlling sound, like a DJ.

*Delayed Phone
This videophone allows visitors to adjust the speed of sound and image to reach another. They can experience the effect of timing in conversation.

*Slow Motion
This bench travels though the exhibition space at a speed so slow, that one may not even notice it moving.

*Time Episode Chair
The chairs have various stories of time and interesting anecdotes linked to the exhibits