Archive for February, 2016

Ryoichi Kurokawa Presents ‘unfold’ at FACT Liverpool

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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.

Using data provided by the Research Institute into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (CEA Irfu – Paris-Saclay) and following an extensive collaboration with astrophysicist Vincent Minier, Kurokawa has recreated the process of star formation which takes place within remote interstellar clouds. The artist’s visualisation remains faithful to the patterns revealed by the data while bringing these same patterns and findings to life by creatively interpreting the remote events the data describes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sedition Partners To Present Art On Public Screens In Norway

For 2016, Sedition has partnered with i/o/lab to display works on public screens around Stavanger, Norway as part of Public Art Screens, a programme dedicated to presenting contemporary video art and animation in public spaces to bring take art out of the gallery and into everyday life. Public Art Screens works with a number of venues including schools, public squares, hospitals, and art spaces around the city including Gosen Skole, Vitenfabrikken, Tou Scene, and KinoKino. The programme aims to increase awareness of work that engages with questions around technology, furthering existing debates and placing artworks in public space to push the boundaries of what can be called an exhibition space.

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The Shrine by Eric Schockmel, digital edition

 

For Public Art Screens, the work of an international artist working with video and animation will be featured each month in 2016. In January, the work of Eric Schockmel launched the programme with a series of 3D animated works from his What If You Created Artificial Life And It Started Worshipping You series that imagine futuristic worlds. Schockmel explores the relationship between technology, art and culture through complex visualisations which see “motion graphics as an opportunity for storytelling”.

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Auto-Monuments #7 by Angelo Plessas, digital edition

 

For the month of February, Angelo Plessas features his Auto-Monuments series of short videos from Sedition of the surrealist garden of Las Pozas in Mexico created entirely on the iPhone. Pleassas’ work spans across video, installation, publishing and internet art. His work actively opens up potential for interaction and the reinvention of familiar online behaviours, visual landscapes and timeframes. “The internet could be called a monument to an ever-changing present. (It) appropriates time in an interesting way, and I am fascinated by (how humans behave in order to deal with this appropriation).” – Angelo Plessas

Each month the artists presented in Public Art Screens in 2016 are:

 

Watch a video preview of the programme:

Find out more about the Public Art Screens programme and venue locations on their website at: http://publicscreens.no/en

i/o/lab Centre for Future Art is a non-profit organisation that develops professional artistic projects to advocates arts and new technologies in the region. Sedition is pleased to support i/o/lab and Public Art Screens in 2016 in our mission to bring art to screens and to make the best of contemporary art accessible to all.