Format: Audiovisual installation HD, 3.1ch multi sound
Duration: 12:00 (loop)
Concept, direction, composition, programming: Ryoichi Kurokawa
Filming and sound recording: Daniel Demoustier
Coproduction: Maison des Arts de Créteil, Le Manège, Arcadi
The experimental audiovisual project proposed in “ground” is conceived as a mix of a documentary ﬁlm and a visual music performance. It is based on the collaboration between the Japanese audiovisual performance artist Ryoichi Kurokawa and the Belgian tv-news cameraman/director Daniel Demoustier, both internationally renowned actors in their own ﬁelds.
They are developing an audiovisual work in which they focus on a very speciﬁc audiovisual approach of imagery of war and natural disaster. The central idea is a re-approach of the over-mediated imagery (i.e. shaped by tv-news principles: sensational, short, politically correct, etc.), by focusing on the abandoned landscape. The reason is that landscapes have been the central themes in Kurokawa’s recent works.
“This is an audiovisual installation work, a reconstruction of images and sounds that are recorded in the Middle East by Daniel Demoustier for his individual recordings in recent years.
This work is composed of three displays and 3.1ch sound. Three images depict the different viewpoints of different situations which are involved in the conflict and the war. These footages show us the suffering and the tragedies that actually happen there. These scenes provide strongly an emotional effect to the viewers. When we look at a war photography, we might try to see the story behind the scene or we might try to make a story on the previous or next image. The war photography gives an impact on the eyes. The visual effect fascinates the viewers and stimulates directly to their perception.
In this work, it gives an aspect of the still image in the moving image, that is to say, a slow transition sequence from one motion to next motion (between the shots) extends the moment. The fragments of images and sounds make a rearrangement of time to avoid making a sort of story. The long and slow sequence enhances the strain and the pressure to the viewers. It emphasizes also the event as ”war”, the terror, the fear. This audiovisual installation provides time and space to reflect on the actual event which happens on the same ground.” (Ryoichi Kurokawa)