©️Hayashi Yuki

Pachinko machines (8), pachinko balls (approx. 3,000), control panel, square timber

W3600 D300 H3600 mm


December 10, 2022-January 29, 2023


Sponsor:ARTS for the future!2(Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan)





For this work, the artist purchased eight used pachinko machines that once stood in a pachinko parlor, and arranged them in a circle. When hooked to an electrical circuit, a gorgeous play of neon lights begins, and the eight machines operate in sync as if controlled by some original program, resulting in a beautiful scenery quite different from our usual image of pachinko machines lined up in rows.

Characteristic of this work is that it is based on the activities of Joseph Beuys, an artist who served as a source of inspiration for this project at large, and was made while referencing the concept known as “third road,” which, in connection with Beuys’s artistic vision, emerged between the capitalist and socialist systems in East and West Germany. 

Having gone through earthquakes and epidemics, what kind of lifestyle is desirable for us today? Do we want to leave things as they are, or do we want change? Based on socialist and capitalist value concepts, this ring-shaped work is presented to the viewer as a formative language that communicates the idea of a “third value.”  

Joseph Beuys founded the Green Party, demanded protection of natural environments, was involved in a project planting 7,000 oak trees, and generally seemed to be advocating ecological principles under the banner of the “third road.” Fujiwara visualizes that “third road” idea through the shape of the circle.