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Ryoichi Kurokawa


Inspired by the latest discoveries in the field of astrophysics, the immersive and sensory installation of Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa seeks to translate into sounds, images and vibrations, the phenomena surrounding the formation and evolution of stars.

With unfold, Ryoichi Kurokawa is concerned with the synaesthetic, merging audible and visual materials, in the service of an art/science project inspired by recent discoveries. For unfold, Kurokawa collaborated closely with Vincent Minier, astrophysicist at the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe‎ (CEA Irfu, Paris-Saclay). The artist was granted unprecedented access to the facility’s scientific data which he used to create striking 3D representations of space, including interpretations of how star-clusters form, and of the birth of sun-like stars.

With a focus on the sensorial and the experiential, inspired by the latest discoveries in the field of astrophysics, this beautifully immersive environment transports us to the depths of the universe, bringing us face to face with a reading of the secrets of its inception, and by extension, our own beginning.

Year 2016
Category Audiovisual installation
Media 3 HD video screens
6.1.1 surround sound
Dimensions Variable dimensions
Duration 8'00
5e BIAN, Arsenal art contemporain, Montréal
Credit Co-commission and coproduction: FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Stereolux/Scopitone and 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 / Archer & Weaver 
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
URL http://www.ryoichikurokawa.com/project/unfold.html
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