ryoichi kurokawa unfold

Japanese artist, born in 1978, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Kurokawa’s works take on multiple forms such as installation works, recordings, and concert pieces. He composes the time sculpture with the field recordings and the digital generated structures, and reconstructs architecturally the audiovisual phenomenon. In recent years, his works are shown across the world at international festivals and museums including TATE Modern[UK], Centre Pompidou[FR], Venice Biennale[IT] , Palais de Tokyo[FR], ARS Electronica[AT], Mutek[CA/MX], Minsheng Art Museum[CN], YCAM[JP], EMPAC[US], National Centre for Contemporary Arts[RU], LABoral[ES], FACT[UK], Palais des Beaux-Arts[BE], Transmediale[DE], ACC[KR], Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton[FR] and Sonar[ES/UK/JP]. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category.
Inspired by the latest discoveries in the field of astrophysics, unfold, an immersive and sensory installation seeks to translate into sounds, images, and vibrations, the phenomena surrounding the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies.

With unfold, Ryoichi Kurokawa is concerned with the synesthetic, merging audible and visual materials, in the service of an art/science project inspired by recent discoveries. These findings have been made by astrophysicists at CEA-IRFU, based on data produced by the satellites of the European Space Agency and NASA, and more specifically by the Herschel space telescope. The telescope’s observations of far infrared radiation have revealed some of the conditions of star birth and the history of the life of galaxies, over the course of 10 billion years. In addition to this data that allows us to trace the cosmological history of star formation, especially the filamentary structure of molecular clouds where stars are born the artist also based his logic on numerical simulations intended to model the universe and its structures, produced by astrophysicists at CEA-IRFU, with the help of supercomputers.

The project, created under the supervision of astrophysicist at CEA-IRFU, Vincent Minier, enables us to go beyond research and scientific discovery, in order to question the representation and publication of the data collected.

On this subject, Minier reminds us that although “the representation of these observations and their public sharing are generally done through beautiful colourised images”, their coloration in no way refers to the actual color of the objects observed but is rather intended to represent “a light intensity, a density, a temperature or even a chemical composition.” He comments that Kurokawa’s work questions “the usual codes of nebulae at the atmospheric edge”, to imagine new forms of visualization, “which enables the establishment of a pattern of results, a scientific interpretation, as well as an expression of the technology that is behind these results”, more willingly playing “on the mathematical beauty” and ” the “immersion in the significance of this data.”

Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP)
Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP), born in 1978, is a Japanese artist who lives and works in Berlin. Kurokawa’s works take on multiple forms such as installation works, recordings, and concert pieces. He composes time sculpture with field recordings and digitally generated structures, and reconstructs architecturally audiovisual phenomenon. In recent years, his works have shown at international festivals and museums including Tate Modern [UK], Venice Biennale [IT], transmediale [DE], and Sonar [ES]. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category.

Project credits
Co-commissioned between FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Stereolux et Salford University, with the support of CEA-IRFU – Paris Saclay (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission / Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe), Arcadi and DICRéAM (Dispositif pour la Création Artistique Multimédia et Numérique).

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

Produced by studio Ryoichi Kurokawa

Courtesy of White Circle

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Artiste visuel et sonore, le Japonais Ryoichi Kurokawa développe un art numérique empreint d’animisme et d’humanisme. Unfold est une installation audiovisuelle immersive, réalisée avec l’astrophysicien Vincent Minier. Sur trois écrans, disposés sous forme de parabole, elle déplie un imaginaire lié à l’infini, avec des références au film 2001, l’Odyssée de l’espace et à la saga interstellaire de la sonde spatiale Rosetta.
Originario di Osaka ma residente a Berlino, Kurokawa descrive i suoi lavori come sculture “time-based”, ovvero un’arte fondata sullo scorrimento temporale, dove suono e immagine si uniscono in modo indivisibile. Il suo linguaggio audiovisivo alterna complessità e semplicità combinandole in una sintesi affascinante. Sinfonie di suoni che, in combinazione con paesaggi digitali generati al computer, cambiano il modo in cui lo spettatore percepisce il reale.

Il concetto di unione delle parti rappresenta il tema chiave della mostra, a cui si richiama il titolo al-jabr, radice araba da cui deriva il termine “algebra” la cui etimologia indica la ricomposizione delle parti di un insieme. Nelle opere in mostra si ripropongono concetti e metodologie quali la decostruzione e la conseguente ricostruzione di elementi naturali (elementum, lttrans, renature), la riunione di strutture divise (oscillating continuum), la rielaborazione di leggi e dati scientifici (ad/ab Atom, unfold.alt, unfold.mod).
Tali metodologie ricordano una versione moderna e tecnologicamente avanzata della tecnica artistica del kintsugi, ideata alla fine del 1400 da ceramisti giapponesi per riparare tazze e vasi, in cui le linee di rottura sono evidenziate con polvere d’oro che rende la fragilità il loro punto di forza.

Il kintsugi non è solo un concetto artistico ma ha profonde radici nell’estetica del wabi-sabi, la visione del mondo tipica della cultura giapponese fondata sull’accettazione della transitorietà delle cose che echeggia anche nella poetica di Kurokawa.