unfold - Ryoichi Kurokawa
11 March 2016 - 15 June 2016
3 x HD Projector (custom sync playback), 6.2 sound system.
“A blackened room with three separate screens cascading vertically over the audience, like a tidal wave makes for an incredible piece of video installation, flawlessly installed I can’t imagine the work involved to make this look so effortless. The room is carpeted in black and the walls soundproofed, containing this overwhelming presence of sound, vibration, and vision. An excellent video installation with world class presentation, a real care for the work and attention to detail is obvious here. Again, the presentation and execution is world class.” - Arts Council England
New commission, unfold, explored the birth and evolution of stars offering viewers an artistic, yet scientific, representation of how the solar system was born, and how our galaxy might evolve. Kurokawa constructed his vision of a molecular cloud as close as possible to the scientific truth using striking 3D representations of space, combined with interpretations of how star clusters form within the cloud until the birth of sun-like stars.
constrained surface - Ryoichi Kurokawa’s
2 x 75" HD Monitors (custom sync software), 2.1 ch sound system.
constrained surface delivered a synaesthetic experience through its unison of light, colour, sound and movement as well as exploring the surprising possibilities of what can be experienced within the boundaries of a frame.
By playing with the confines of a screen almost in the way a painter would play with the limits of a canvas, this work highlights the way in which Kurokawa deftly uses digital methods and tools (as well as commercial technology) to articulate his work. He does so whilst ensuring that the technological elements never overshadow the expression within the piece, but rather enhance the artistic experience, creating moments of surprise and wonder
Produced by Studio Ryoichi Kurokawa - ryoichikurokawa.com
Concept, direction, composition, programming, design: Ryoichi Kurokawa Producer: Nicolas Wierinck
Programming: Hiroshi Matoba
Scientific Advisor: Vincent Minier, astrophysicist at CEA Irfu, Paris-Saclay
Scientific Datasets: CEA (Herschel HOBYS, COAST, Frédéric Bournaud, Sacha Brun, Pascal Tremblin, Patrick Hennebelle, Rémi Hosseini-Kazeroni), ESA, NASA, BLAST Experiment, SuperCOSMOS H-alpha Survey
Partners and funders: Stereolux, Nantes; Arcadi, Paris; CEA Irfu – Paris-Saclay; DICRéAM, Paris; Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London; Japan Society, London; Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, London; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Sound City, Liverpool; Sedition, London; EU Japan Fest.
Photography: Jon Barraclough