Format: Concert / 3ch HD projection + 5.1ch surround sound concert piece
Year: 2008 –2009
Concept, direction, composition, programming: Ryoichi Kurokawa
Coproduction: Maison des Arts de Créteil, Le Manège
Support: Canon Europe
“All things flow, everything runs and does not stay in the same place, which seems to be the same but in fact, never is. We will find beauty and life (the being) in this flux. Then, the nature of things will lurk in such an alteration. I think this is what beauty is all about; and that we are in this temporary beauty.” (Ryoichi Kurokawa)
“‘Panta rhei’ – Heraclitus
Heraclitus left the words: ‘Panta rhei’. It means: ‘Everything flows’.
The successive patterns of regularity and irregularity in nature create the proportion of alteration and unity. And one can say that this rule reveals the essential beauty.
I incorporate the organic form of nature and trace the motion and the colour. Then, it reconstructs the landscape of nature (which has a fluent alteration of time in the immovability) with concrete images, field recordings, and generative audio/animation. And it represents symbolically the continuity of death and rebirth in this alteration.
The basis of this design is a volume of human’s memory that exists under unconsciousness. It is a continuation from time immemorial and the circle of alteration. The organic module, form, structure, and dimensions of time in the alteration of nature create beauty in some way. ‘Water’ plays an important role in this work as a figural motif. I depict this solidity and incorporate an inter-community of biorhythm with nature.
The composition in three screens reminds the traditional painting. The sight can rest on all directions. It enables to recreate that movement, the flux of time, and the expanse of space. And the sound has also the flowing time with the same process as images. It depicts nature as ‘sound-scape’. It makes it possible to create a steric space by the surrounded sound system and to recognize the story behind it by the current. The individual memories invoke the five senses interacting in synaesthesia.
I seek to transform the space as a device into the place, where the body as medium makes a proportion with the environment. Sensitivity is connected to intelligence and surprise is connected to knowledge by new optical expressions. With these experiments, I intend to create the dynamism of aesthetics in a space.
This work is composed of concrete images, field recordings, and generative audio/animation, which are abstractly and poetically translated. This imagery is presented with 3 vertically long screens of High-Definition video and with 5.1ch surround sound.” (Ryoichi Kurokawa)
Concert view | Elektra | l’Usine | Montreal | 2009 | photo by Camil Scorteanu, Conception Lévy
Concert view | ARS Electronica | Tabakfabrik | Linz | 2010 | photo by rubra, ARS Electronica