For his first solo exhibition in the UK, Ryoichi Kurokawa presents unfold, an ambitious new artwork co-commissioned by FACT, Stereolux and University of Salford Art Collection, with the support of CEA Irfu – Paris Saclay, Arcadi and DICRéAM. The large scale audiovisual installation explores the birth of stars through the creation of an immersive environment.
Kurokawa is celebrated for his skillfully realised time-based installation works and live audiovisual performances, which approach digital imaging and sound production techniques as sculptural and synaesthetic media. The unfold project explores the relationship between intimate and remote, physical and virtual spaces, as well as bringing together art and astrophysics. Using surround sound and cutting-edge audiovisual production techniques and technologies, Kurokawa has created an immersive installation in which large projections featured with a complex soundscape form a single, absorbing environment.
Visitors to the exhibition will experience at close hand the collisions of matter and forces which, light years away from Earth, produce new celestial bodies; star clusters emerge from molecular clouds, leading eventually to the formation of sun-like stars. The physics of molecular clouds is little understood, making the opportunity to visualise the phenomenon a rare and fascinating one.
Kurokawa’s work is a creative and scientific study of the building blocks of the universe. The scale, energy and complexity inherent to the formation of stars is staggering; anyone who visits unfold is likely to leave with new and profound insights, ideas and perhaps philosophical lines of thought.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of events including a live performance of syn_ on 11 March at the Liverpool Philharmonic, an artist talk on 12 March with Vincent Minier, a series of workshops featuring games and activities exploring scientific research and star activity and a curator tour on 19 March, 2pm. The programme represents an opportunity for researchers from normally disconnected academic disciplines to discuss their practices. In creating a space in which different specialisms can come together, unfold has the potential to open up debates and collaborations which resonate far beyond the exhibition itself.
The exhibition was supported in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign organised by FACT in which Sedition offered the syn_ collection of digital editions by Kurokawa to support the campaign. Sedition is releasing a new series of five audiovisual works as part of the Sirens collection on 10 March 2016.
unfold is on at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ, UK, from 11 March – 12 June 2016.