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"Play in itself is what drives our artistic tendencies" — Yuichiro Katsumoto

The compact disc used to be a symbol of the multimedia era. Now, it has become almost obsolete. Most consumers today listen to music on streaming services as compared to the physical format. 

Yuichiro Katsumoto's CD Prayer (2018) pays homage to this once-loved medium, reviving the CD as the halo of the Buddha statue that simultaneously plays hi-fi music. The form of the Buddha was created by remixing 3D data shared by Yahoo! Japan under the Creative Commons license. The data is also shared at, allowing anyone to 3D print their own CD Prayer. 

Before he showcased his work at Supernormal's Technology in Art  exhibition back in April, we caught up with the gadget maker who references the zen-like qualities of Korean American artist, Nam Jun Paik, as well as Shin Buddhism for this particular work. 

SAND Magazine
May 25, 2018

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