Japanese audio and visual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa brings his latest fully immersive installation to FACT in LIverpool, Getintothis’ Mike Stanton has the lowdown.
Showcasing a unique combination of art and science, artist Ryoichi Kurokawa’s first ever solo exhibition in the UK premieres at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool running from March 11 to June 12 2016. Titled unfold, it promises to fuse science and art to recreate the birth of the solar system and give an insight into how our galaxy may further evolve.
For the past ten years, Ryoichi Kurokawa has excelled in both the electronic music and visual arts scenes, mixing video images, audio recordings, graphics and animations to produce stunning audiovisual installations and live performances. His vast time-based works create mesmerising and immersive environments, combining audio and visuals to produce spectacular, synchronised experiences where sound and image become a single unit.
Collaborating with Vincent Minier, an astrophysicist at the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe, Kurokawa has constructed an accurate molecular cloud using striking 3D representations of space, along with interpretations of how star clusters form within the cloud until the birth of sun-like stars. Visitors will be transported into space through beautifully visual and sonic environments, enhanced by bass-shaking floors.
unfold will be presented as a large scale multi-screen and surround sound work in FACT’s Gallery 1, along with other iterations throughout the FACT building and surrounding area. The exhibition will also include previous works by Kurokawa, and a programme of experimental live acts by emerging and established sound artists and electronic musicians.
Coinciding with the opening of unfold, on 11th March, performances including Kurokawa‘s work syn_ will be presented by FACT and the Liverpool Philharmonic at the Liverpool Philharmonic‘s new venue The Music Room. syn_ will explore abstract and musical patterns, simultaneity and synaesthesia – the correspondence of sensations and perceptions, such as sounds and colours – and play masterfully on harmony and dissonance in this breathtaking immersive experience.
unfold runs from March 11 to June 12 in FACT’s Gallery 1.