Shohei Fujimoto is known for his use of precisely controlled laser light, which he channels through half-transparent mirrors to explore perception and space.
This unique process creates the idea of a physical object in space, which exists on an optical axis sketched out by laser projectors. While the object appears real, it has no physical properties.
The latter presents a psychological quandary: When presented with an object, the viewer will instinctively try to understand its physical nature. Fujimoto takes this assumption one step further. If the viewer sees an object as physical, he suggests, one also questions whether the object is alive or not – and then perhaps imbues it with traits such as consciousness or even a soul.