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  • constrained surface, “special feature exhibition” Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2019. Photo by Shu Nakagawa. Artworks © RYOICHI KUROKAWA

  • KAMU collection exhibition, KAMU BlackBlack, Kanazawa, 2020 Artworks © RYOICHI KUROKAWA
. Courtesy of KAMU Kanazawa. 
Photo by Yasushi Ichikawa.

  • elementum #7, “objectum,” Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2018. Artworks © RYOICHI KUROKAWA

  • ad/ab Atom installation view, courtesy of GNRation. Photo by Hugo Sousa (GNRation).

  • Still from installation “ad/ab Atom.” © 2017 RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

  • unfold, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2018. Artworks © 2016 RYOICHI KUROKAWA. Courtesy of Minsheng Art Museum.

  • Still from unfold. © 2016 RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

  • lltrans_6, “al-jabr”, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, 2018. Artworks © RYOICHI KUROKAWA. 
Photo by Enrico Maria Bertani.

  • Still from unfold.alt © RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

  • Still from unfold.alt © RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

  • Turbulences II, Villa Empain, Brussels, 2013. Artworks © RYOICHI KUROKAWA. Courtesy of Studio RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

  • Still from “ground.” Artworks © RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

  • Still from “ground.” Artworks © RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

  • Still/VR view from in s.asmbli © 2020 RYOICHI KUROKAWA.

Profile

Ryoichi Kurokawa b. 1978 in Osaka (JP). Lives and works in Berlin.

Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa is a true poet of transformative cinema, lyrically transfiguring analog representations of perceived nature into digital streams of vertiginous imagery & emotion. The architecturally crafted precision of his sensitively synched fragmentary images placed side by side on our retina, tends to displace the persistence of blurred memory under the effect of boundless luminosity.

Audio and visual concordance is key in Kurokawa’s works. He considers both the audio and visual element as different vectors of a unique piece and insists that they have to flow together to enter a collision at the same time.

As can be viewed from his works, Kurokawa states that nature is his principal source of inspiration. All of his works lie in this notion of hybridization. Between analog and digital, but also between time and space, the full and the fragmentary, the simple and the complex, the reactive and the contemplative, the auditory and visual.

Whether the recordings of waterfalls obliterate into white noise while simultaneously forming an almost spiritual and reverential stillness around the viewer, or whether field recordings in combination with computer-generated structures like glitch minimalism coexist in harmony in an un-harmonious terrifying world of war and destruction: Ryoichi Kurokawa invents and presents an audiovisual language where complexity and simplicity alternate and combine in a fascinating synthesis.

Awards

2024 cm: av_c, performed in 2006, 10 Standout Performances from the Past 25 Years, MUTEK, Montreal, Can-ada
2016 Director, Kinetic Media Lab/ACT, ACC (Asia Cultural Center), Gwangju, South Korea
2014 oscillating continuum, The 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division Jury Selections, Tokyo, Japan
2011-2012 Guest Professor/Invited Artist, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France
2011
rheo: 5 horizons, The 14th Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division Jury Selections, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Golden Nica, Prix Ars Electronica, Digital Musics & Sound Art category, Linz, Austria

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Líthi, KAMU kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan
2019 Special feature exhibition | Ryoichi Kurokawa, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
mono, GNRation, Braga, Portugal
2018 unfold.alt/mod, Bucheon Art Bunker B39, Bucheon, South Korea
fluxes, K11, Wuhan, China
al-jabr, Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena, Italy
Objectum, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
unfold, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2016 A la llum de les idee, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
unfold, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK
2015 Ordered Disorder, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Lima, Peru

Group Exhibition

2024 Artificial Dreams, Grand Palais Immersif, Paris, France
Art and Science International Exhibition and Symposium, National Communication Center for Science and Technology, Beijing, China
2023 GLITCH, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
AMBIENT KYOTO, visual art direction/video installation: ET (Densha), Music by Buffalo Daughter, Kyoto, Japan
MUTEK MX, Domo Digital Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City, Mexico
Are You Working Now, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Dimensions, Pittlerwerke, Leipzig, Germany
2022 Scenery of the Emptiness, and Asia, ACC (Asia Culture Center), Gwangju, South Korea
Future Shock, 180 The Strand, London, UK
2021-2022 Group Show: 6 Artists, Mitsukoshi Contemporary Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Living Matter, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2020 MUTEK ES, IAAC school of design and architecture, Barcelona, Spain
attraper le JE / champs de JEU, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2019 Welcome! You Are Connected! , Suwon Museum of Art, Suwon, South Korea
Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Coding the world, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2017 The Dream of Forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2016 ACC_R, ACT/ACC (Asia Culture Center), Gwangju, South Korea
2015 Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Festival Center, Adelaide, Australia
2014 BIAN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
2013 Digitalife, Museum of Contemporary Arts of Rome Testaccio, Roma, Italy
scopic measure, YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan
Elastic Reality, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain
Turbulences II, Villa Empain/Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
2012 Catastrophology, Arko Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Brussels, Belgium
Scopitone, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Turbulences, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Panorama, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
MUTEK, Montreal, Canada
2011 The 54th Venice Biennale - One of a thousand ways to defeat entropy, Arsenale Novissimo, Venice, Italy
EXIT, Maison des Arts Créteil, Créteil, France
2010 Ars Electronica, Tabakfabrik, Linz, Austria
2008 Eye of the City, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Publication

Collection

Others

Selected Projects
2017 Scale.Travels, GNRation, Braga, Portugal
Selected Concerts, Festivals and Events
2024 FOOLK, La Térmica, Malaga, Spain
Mapping Festival, Le Jardin des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
CineGlobe Festival, CERN, Meyrin, Switzerland
XAOS Festival, Ulaanbaatar Event Hall, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
XAOS Festival, Black Box Theater, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
XNL, XNL, Piacenza, Italy
2023 OVNi, Le 109, Nice, France
MA/IN festival, Cineteatro Don Bosco, Potenza, Italy
Time Re:Imagined, Sweeties, The Standard, London, UK
Time Re:Imagined, King’s Cross Station, London, UK
MUTEK MX, Domo Digital Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City, Mexico
subassemblies - China Tour / Beijing, Fulang Livehouse, Beijing, China
subassemblies - China Tour / Shanghai, Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, Shanghai, China
subassemblies - China Tour / Chengdu, Aflame Art Cente, Chengdu, China
Now or Never, Melbourne Museum Plaza, Melbourne, Australia
DokuFest, Lumbardhi Cinema, Prizren, Kosovo
TKESHI, Kojori Forest, Tbilisi, Georgia
Digital Infinities: Computer Generated Film & Video, 1952-2023 | LACMA, REDCAT ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER (REDCAT), Los Angeles, US
CaixaForum, CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain
TEATROS del CANAL, Teatros del Canal, Madrid, Spain
2022 New Rituals, Barbican Centre, London, UK
in s.asmbli, Sound Dome, House of Music Hungary, Budapest, Hungary
MUTEK ES, Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Barcelona, Spain
2021 Biennale Nemo, Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France
L.E.V., Teatro de la Laboral, Gijon, Spain
2020 OCT-LOFT Creative Festival, OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen, China
2019 MUTEK JP, LINE CUBE SHIBUYA, Tokyo, Japan
MUTEK MX, Mexico City, Mexico
Ars Electronica, Postcity, Linz, Austria
MUTEK Montréal, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Montreal, Canada
CTM Festival, Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2017
Day for Night, Post HTX, Houston, US
2015 ACT Festival, ACT/ACC, Gwangju, South Korea
Adelaide Festival. Adelaide Festival Center. Adelaide, Australia
2014 Japan Media Art Festival, The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
RCVM, HARPA, Reykjavik, Iceland
2013 NEMO, Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France
MUTEK, Metropolis, Montreal, Canada
EMPAC, EMPAC, Troy, US
2012 MUTEK MX, Novi_Sad & Ryoichi Kurokawa, Mexico City, Mexico
Scopitone, Stereolux, Nantes, France
TodaysArt, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague, Netherlands
SonarSound Tokyo, ageHa | Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
2011 YCAM | sound tectonics, YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan
sound:frame, Ottakringer Brauerei /Alte Technik, Vienna, Austria
Japan Media Art Festival, The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Rencontres Internationales, REINA SOFIA National Museum, Madrid, Spain
Lexus Hybrid Art, Vetoshny, Moscow, Russia
A Taste of Sonar, Roundhouse, London, UK
2009 National Theater Concert Hall, National Theater Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Sónar, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain
Elektra, l'Usine, Montreal, Canada
Transmediale/CTM, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2008 Shanghai eARTS, Shanghai, China
Sonic Acts, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 MUTEK MX, Mexico City, Mexico
synthesis, TATE MODERN, London, UK
Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille, France
2006 Ars Electronica, Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
MUTEK, Ex-Centris, Montreal, Canada
2004 SónarSound Tokyo, video performance/visual effect direction: HUMAN AUDIO SPONGE (Sketch Show+Ryuichi Sakamoto) , YEBISU GARDEN PLACE, Tokyo, Japan
Sónar, video performance/visual effect direction: HUMAN AUDIO SPONGE (Sketch Show+Ryuichi Sa-kamoto), Barcelona, Spain
2003 Sónar, video performance/visual effect direction: Sketch Show (YMO:Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi), Barcelona, Spain
Selected Discography
2016 Sirens, Ryoichi Kurokawa / Novi_Sad, Sub Rosa, Book+CD
2012 01:11, Album, Various Artists
2004 MUSIC FOR BABY!, AMORFON, Album, Various Artists
Port Doc.1-5, port, Album, Various Artists
READ, daisyworld discs, Album
2003 copynature, PROGRESSIVE FOrM, Album
Selected Music Video Directions
2021 ET (Densha) , from the album “We Are The Times” by Buffalo Daughter, BUFFALO RANCH / MU-SICMINE

Profile

Ryoichi Kurokawa b. 1978 in Osaka (JP). Lives and works in Berlin.

Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa is a true poet of transformative cinema, lyrically transfiguring analog representations of perceived nature into digital streams of vertiginous imagery & emotion. The architecturally crafted precision of his sensitively synched fragmentary images placed side by side on our retina, tends to displace the persistence of blurred memory under the effect of boundless luminosity.

Audio and visual concordance is key in Kurokawa’s works. He considers both the audio and visual element as different vectors of a unique piece and insists that they have to flow together to enter a collision at the same time.

As can be viewed from his works, Kurokawa states that nature is his principal source of inspiration. All of his works lie in this notion of hybridization. Between analog and digital, but also between time and space, the full and the fragmentary, the simple and the complex, the reactive and the contemplative, the auditory and visual.

Whether the recordings of waterfalls obliterate into white noise while simultaneously forming an almost spiritual and reverential stillness around the viewer, or whether field recordings in combination with computer-generated structures like glitch minimalism coexist in harmony in an un-harmonious terrifying world of war and destruction: Ryoichi Kurokawa invents and presents an audiovisual language where complexity and simplicity alternate and combine in a fascinating synthesis.

Awards

2024 cm: av_c, performed in 2006, 10 Standout Performances from the Past 25 Years, MUTEK, Montreal, Can-ada
2016 Director, Kinetic Media Lab/ACT, ACC (Asia Cultural Center), Gwangju, South Korea
2014 oscillating continuum, The 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division Jury Selections, Tokyo, Japan
2011-2012 Guest Professor/Invited Artist, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing, France
2011
rheo: 5 horizons, The 14th Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division Jury Selections, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Golden Nica, Prix Ars Electronica, Digital Musics & Sound Art category, Linz, Austria

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Líthi, KAMU kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan
2019 Special feature exhibition | Ryoichi Kurokawa, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
mono, GNRation, Braga, Portugal
2018 unfold.alt/mod, Bucheon Art Bunker B39, Bucheon, South Korea
fluxes, K11, Wuhan, China
al-jabr, Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena, Italy
Objectum, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
unfold, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2016 A la llum de les idee, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
unfold, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK
2015 Ordered Disorder, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Lima, Peru

Group Exhibition

2024 Artificial Dreams, Grand Palais Immersif, Paris, France
Art and Science International Exhibition and Symposium, National Communication Center for Science and Technology, Beijing, China
2023 GLITCH, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
AMBIENT KYOTO, visual art direction/video installation: ET (Densha), Music by Buffalo Daughter, Kyoto, Japan
MUTEK MX, Domo Digital Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City, Mexico
Are You Working Now, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
Dimensions, Pittlerwerke, Leipzig, Germany
2022 Scenery of the Emptiness, and Asia, ACC (Asia Culture Center), Gwangju, South Korea
Future Shock, 180 The Strand, London, UK
2021-2022 Group Show: 6 Artists, Mitsukoshi Contemporary Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Living Matter, New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2020 MUTEK ES, IAAC school of design and architecture, Barcelona, Spain
attraper le JE / champs de JEU, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2019 Welcome! You Are Connected! , Suwon Museum of Art, Suwon, South Korea
Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Coding the world, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2017 The Dream of Forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2016 ACC_R, ACT/ACC (Asia Culture Center), Gwangju, South Korea
2015 Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Festival Center, Adelaide, Australia
2014 BIAN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
2013 Digitalife, Museum of Contemporary Arts of Rome Testaccio, Roma, Italy
scopic measure, YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan
Elastic Reality, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain
Turbulences II, Villa Empain/Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
2012 Catastrophology, Arko Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Brussels, Belgium
Scopitone, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Turbulences, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Panorama, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
MUTEK, Montreal, Canada
2011 The 54th Venice Biennale - One of a thousand ways to defeat entropy, Arsenale Novissimo, Venice, Italy
EXIT, Maison des Arts Créteil, Créteil, France
2010 Ars Electronica, Tabakfabrik, Linz, Austria
2008 Eye of the City, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Publication

Collection

Others

Selected Projects
2017 Scale.Travels, GNRation, Braga, Portugal
Selected Concerts, Festivals and Events
2024 FOOLK, La Térmica, Malaga, Spain
Mapping Festival, Le Jardin des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
CineGlobe Festival, CERN, Meyrin, Switzerland
XAOS Festival, Ulaanbaatar Event Hall, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
XAOS Festival, Black Box Theater, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
XNL, XNL, Piacenza, Italy
2023 OVNi, Le 109, Nice, France
MA/IN festival, Cineteatro Don Bosco, Potenza, Italy
Time Re:Imagined, Sweeties, The Standard, London, UK
Time Re:Imagined, King’s Cross Station, London, UK
MUTEK MX, Domo Digital Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City, Mexico
subassemblies - China Tour / Beijing, Fulang Livehouse, Beijing, China
subassemblies - China Tour / Shanghai, Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, Shanghai, China
subassemblies - China Tour / Chengdu, Aflame Art Cente, Chengdu, China
Now or Never, Melbourne Museum Plaza, Melbourne, Australia
DokuFest, Lumbardhi Cinema, Prizren, Kosovo
TKESHI, Kojori Forest, Tbilisi, Georgia
Digital Infinities: Computer Generated Film & Video, 1952-2023 | LACMA, REDCAT ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER (REDCAT), Los Angeles, US
CaixaForum, CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain
TEATROS del CANAL, Teatros del Canal, Madrid, Spain
2022 New Rituals, Barbican Centre, London, UK
in s.asmbli, Sound Dome, House of Music Hungary, Budapest, Hungary
MUTEK ES, Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Barcelona, Spain
2021 Biennale Nemo, Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France
L.E.V., Teatro de la Laboral, Gijon, Spain
2020 OCT-LOFT Creative Festival, OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen, China
2019 MUTEK JP, LINE CUBE SHIBUYA, Tokyo, Japan
MUTEK MX, Mexico City, Mexico
Ars Electronica, Postcity, Linz, Austria
MUTEK Montréal, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Montreal, Canada
CTM Festival, Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2017
Day for Night, Post HTX, Houston, US
2015 ACT Festival, ACT/ACC, Gwangju, South Korea
Adelaide Festival. Adelaide Festival Center. Adelaide, Australia
2014 Japan Media Art Festival, The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
RCVM, HARPA, Reykjavik, Iceland
2013 NEMO, Le CENTQUATRE, Paris, France
MUTEK, Metropolis, Montreal, Canada
EMPAC, EMPAC, Troy, US
2012 MUTEK MX, Novi_Sad & Ryoichi Kurokawa, Mexico City, Mexico
Scopitone, Stereolux, Nantes, France
TodaysArt, Lucent Danstheater, The Hague, Netherlands
SonarSound Tokyo, ageHa | Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
2011 YCAM | sound tectonics, YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan
sound:frame, Ottakringer Brauerei /Alte Technik, Vienna, Austria
Japan Media Art Festival, The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Rencontres Internationales, REINA SOFIA National Museum, Madrid, Spain
Lexus Hybrid Art, Vetoshny, Moscow, Russia
A Taste of Sonar, Roundhouse, London, UK
2009 National Theater Concert Hall, National Theater Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Sónar, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain
Elektra, l'Usine, Montreal, Canada
Transmediale/CTM, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2008 Shanghai eARTS, Shanghai, China
Sonic Acts, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 MUTEK MX, Mexico City, Mexico
synthesis, TATE MODERN, London, UK
Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille, France
2006 Ars Electronica, Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
MUTEK, Ex-Centris, Montreal, Canada
2004 SónarSound Tokyo, video performance/visual effect direction: HUMAN AUDIO SPONGE (Sketch Show+Ryuichi Sakamoto) , YEBISU GARDEN PLACE, Tokyo, Japan
Sónar, video performance/visual effect direction: HUMAN AUDIO SPONGE (Sketch Show+Ryuichi Sa-kamoto), Barcelona, Spain
2003 Sónar, video performance/visual effect direction: Sketch Show (YMO:Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi), Barcelona, Spain
Selected Discography
2016 Sirens, Ryoichi Kurokawa / Novi_Sad, Sub Rosa, Book+CD
2012 01:11, Album, Various Artists
2004 MUSIC FOR BABY!, AMORFON, Album, Various Artists
Port Doc.1-5, port, Album, Various Artists
READ, daisyworld discs, Album
2003 copynature, PROGRESSIVE FOrM, Album
Selected Music Video Directions
2021 ET (Densha) , from the album “We Are The Times” by Buffalo Daughter, BUFFALO RANCH / MU-SICMINE
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