As part of his project “Connect People Thru Art Beyond Borders”, the artist Masaaki Hasegawa (Tokyo, 1987) has devised a calligraphy work which, until November 2018, was the largest in Europe. It consists of a 1,926 square meter area in the Museo Zapadores of Madrid that represents a transition process of our world from chaos to coexistence through language.
Hasegawa is interested in the abstraction of the concept of letter. Although the letter is born as an abstraction of reality, its exclusive and singular use by different cultures causes barriers that have afflicted human life since the beginning of history. Through the concept, the Japanese artist aims to dissolve the limitations of the letter as a logical descriptor of the world to propose a universal writing, in a pure way, with the vocation of uniting different cultures through the language of art.
Masaaki Hasegawa, native of Tokyo but living in Madrid, has coined the concept “Calligraphy 4.0” to designate a type of writing released from itself, whose understanding of the order of sensation and creative interpretation transcends the usual concepts of identity: nationality, language, culture, religion, generation, gender. According to the artist, living in four different countries (Japan, Australia, Israel and Spain) made him perceive the way in which languages are irreducible to each other: no translation is satisfactory, because each culture has its own way of understanding the world.
In his work, Hasegawa wonders about the role of language in the 21st century, and takes an energetic view of the forms of writing, understood as the pure expression of a single transcendent signifier. His letters cannot be read, but felt, and come from a creative dynamic in which the artist is balanced between the consciousness of totality and improvisation.