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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

2016 Director, Kinetic Media Lab/ACT, ACC (Asia Cultural Center), Gwangju
2011-12 Guset Professor/Invited Artist, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing
2010 Golden Nica, Prix Ars Electronica, Digital Music & Sound Art category, Linz

Solo Exhibitions

2018 "fluxes," K11, Wuhan
"al-jabr," Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena
"objectum," Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"unfold," Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
2016 "A la llum de les idee," Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona
"unfold," FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool
2015 "Ordered Disorder," Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Lima

Group Exhibition

2021 "Living Matter," New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
2020 "attraper le JE / champs de JEU," National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
2019 "Welcome! You Are Connected!," Suwon Ipark Museum of Art, Suwon
Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo
2018 "Coder le monde," Centre Pompidou, Paris
2017 "The Dream of Forms," Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2016 ACC_R, ACT/ACC (Asia Culture Center), Gwangju
2015 Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Festival Center, Adelaide
2014 BIAN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
2013 "Digitalife," Museum of Contemporary Arts of Rome Testaccio, Roma
"Elastic Reality," LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon
2012 Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Brussels
"Scopitone," e Liue Unique, Nantes
"Turbulences," Espace Culture Louis Vuitton, Paris
"Panorama," Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing
2011 The 54th Venice Biennale, Arsenale Novissimo, Venice
"EXIT," Maison des Arts Créteil, Créteil
2010 ARS Electronica, Tabakfabrik, Linz
"Eye of the City," Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei

Publication

Collection

Others

Selected Concerts
2019 MUTEK JP, "subassemblies", Line Cube Shibuya, Tokyo
ARS Electronica, "subassemblies", Postcity, Linz
2015 ACT Festival, "syn_", ACT/ACC, Gwangju
2014 RCVM, "syn_", HARPA, Reykjavik
2013 NEMO, "syn_", Le CENTQUATRE, Paris
MUTEK, "syn_", Metropolis, Montreal
EMPAC, "syn_" EMPAC, Troy
2012 TodaysArt, "syn_","Lucent Danstheater, The Hague
SonarSound Tokyo, "syn_", ageHa | Studio Coast, Tokyo
2011 YCAM | sound tectonics, "Rheo", YCAM, Yamaguchi
2010 Rencontres Internationales, "Rheo", REINA SOFIA National Museum, Madrid
Lexus. Hybrid Art", "celeritas", Vetoshny, Moscow
2009 National Theater Concert Hall, Theatre piece "celeritas", National Theater Concert Hall, Taipei
SONAR, "Parallel Head", Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
Transmediale/CTM, "Parallel Head", House of World Cultures, Berlin
2008 Sonic Acts, "Parallel Head", Paradiso, Amsterdam
2007 Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille", "cm: av_c", Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille
synthesis, "cm: av_c", TATE MODERN, London
2006 ARS Electronica, "cm: av_c", Brucknerhaus, Linz
MUTEK, "cm: av_c", Ex-Centris, Montreal

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

2016 Director, Kinetic Media Lab/ACT, ACC (Asia Cultural Center), Gwangju
2011-12 Guset Professor/Invited Artist, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing
2010 Golden Nica, Prix Ars Electronica, Digital Music & Sound Art category, Linz

Solo Exhibitions

2018 "fluxes," K11, Wuhan
"al-jabr," Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena
"objectum," Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"unfold," Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
2016 "A la llum de les idee," Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona
"unfold," FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool
2015 "Ordered Disorder," Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Lima

Group Exhibition

2021 "Living Matter," New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
2020 "attraper le JE / champs de JEU," National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
2019 "Welcome! You Are Connected!," Suwon Ipark Museum of Art, Suwon
Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo
2018 "Coder le monde," Centre Pompidou, Paris
2017 "The Dream of Forms," Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2016 ACC_R, ACT/ACC (Asia Culture Center), Gwangju
2015 Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Festival Center, Adelaide
2014 BIAN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
2013 "Digitalife," Museum of Contemporary Arts of Rome Testaccio, Roma
"Elastic Reality," LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon
2012 Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Brussels
"Scopitone," e Liue Unique, Nantes
"Turbulences," Espace Culture Louis Vuitton, Paris
"Panorama," Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing
2011 The 54th Venice Biennale, Arsenale Novissimo, Venice
"EXIT," Maison des Arts Créteil, Créteil
2010 ARS Electronica, Tabakfabrik, Linz
"Eye of the City," Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei

Publication

Collection

Others

Selected Concerts
2019 MUTEK JP, "subassemblies", Line Cube Shibuya, Tokyo
ARS Electronica, "subassemblies", Postcity, Linz
2015 ACT Festival, "syn_", ACT/ACC, Gwangju
2014 RCVM, "syn_", HARPA, Reykjavik
2013 NEMO, "syn_", Le CENTQUATRE, Paris
MUTEK, "syn_", Metropolis, Montreal
EMPAC, "syn_" EMPAC, Troy
2012 TodaysArt, "syn_","Lucent Danstheater, The Hague
SonarSound Tokyo, "syn_", ageHa | Studio Coast, Tokyo
2011 YCAM | sound tectonics, "Rheo", YCAM, Yamaguchi
2010 Rencontres Internationales, "Rheo", REINA SOFIA National Museum, Madrid
Lexus. Hybrid Art", "celeritas", Vetoshny, Moscow
2009 National Theater Concert Hall, Theatre piece "celeritas", National Theater Concert Hall, Taipei
SONAR, "Parallel Head", Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
Transmediale/CTM, "Parallel Head", House of World Cultures, Berlin
2008 Sonic Acts, "Parallel Head", Paradiso, Amsterdam
2007 Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille", "cm: av_c", Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille
synthesis, "cm: av_c", TATE MODERN, London
2006 ARS Electronica, "cm: av_c", Brucknerhaus, Linz
MUTEK, "cm: av_c", Ex-Centris, Montreal
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