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Open Call for Artists: FutureFest Art Prize 2016

Sedition and Nesta have teamed up to create the first FutureFest Art Prize. Shortlisted works will be presented at FutureFest 2016, a weekend festival of radical ideas, compelling talks and interactive experiences designed to inspire people to question and shape the future. The festival will take place at the Tobacco Dock in London from 17-18 September 2016.

International artists and creatives are invited to submit works under one of the four themes of FutureFest: Love, Work, Play, and Thrive before Friday, 10 June 2016, midnight GMT.

Neurosis, the world’s first neurologica thrill ride, at FutureFest 2015

Neurosis, the world’s first neurologica thrill ride, at FutureFest 2015

 

From the submitted works, twelve will be shortlisted by our panel of esteemed, high-profile, and influential judges including:

Love:

Ghislaine Boddington, Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space, Reader, CPDA University of Greenwich (and curator of the FutureLove theme at FutureFest 2016)

Paul D. Miller, artist, writer, musician known as DJ Spooky

Work:

Ruth Amos, Managing Director of StairSteady Ltd (and curator of the FutureWork theme at FutureFest 2016)

Tom Berman, artist and engineer

Play:

Pat Kane, writer, musician and consultant (and curator of the FuturePlay theme at FutureFest 2016)

Claudia Hart, artist, curator and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Thrive:

Dr Morgaine Gaye, Director of Bellwether: Food Trends (and curator of the FutureThrive theme at FutureFest 2016)

FIELD, a specialised creative studio in London that combines art and technology

Shortlisted works will be presented at FutureFest with a live public vote by the audience – an estimated 5,000 visitors. One winner from each theme will be announced at the event and will each receive a £500 cash prize with the chance to have their work featured on Sedition to an international audience of art collectors and enthusiasts.

 

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Edward Snowden, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Breffni O’Connor, Luciano Floridi & Geoff Mulgan, FutureFest 2015

Since 2003 FutureFest, powered by Nesta, has brought together innovative projects and inspirational people to explore ways of creatively and democratically shaping the future. The programme features exhibitions, immersive experiences, panel discussions and talks visitors will join an active discussion about how the world of the future might look like in 20-30 years time.

This year’s programme has centres around four themes. Future Love, curated by Ghislaine Boddington, looks at how intimacy, bodily contact and emotion could change alongside an increase in virtual spaces and algorithmic inputs. Ruth Amos’ Future Work programme examines possible future constructions of workplace systems and cultures, while Future Play, curated by Pat Kane, asks how play, game culture and gamification could shape culture in years to come. The final curatorial strand, Future Thrive, is curated by Dr Morgaine Gaye and explores new and potential manifestations of food, health and home life.

For more details on each theme visit: http://www.futurefest.org/themes-0

Submission Guidelines

To begin submitting works, go to www.seditionart.com/submit/futurefest

  • Sign-in or create an account
  • Check the T&Cs and click Get Started
  • Select an artwork to upload and click Upload
  • Add a name and description for your artwork
  • Check the box to submit to the FutureFest Open Call and select the theme you are submitting to in the drop down
  • Select a price from the options and click Submit For Approval
  • Complete your profile by uploading a profile picture and biography, signature and banner and click Save
  • You will be notified about your submission via email.

 

Technical requirements:

  • Video submissions must be no longer than 3 minutes long and should be submitted as HD 1080p 1920 x 1080 MOV, MPEG or MP4 files. The preferred codec is H264.
  • Still images must be at least 3000pixels wide and should be formatted as PNG or JPG files.

 

For full submission guidelines visit Sedition’s FutureFest Art Prize Open Call page.

 

FutureFest takes place on 17-18 September 2016 at Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF. Tickets are now available on the FutureFest website: http://www.futurefest.org/tickets

Electronic Art In Domestic Spaces: Sedition presents work in Share Festival, Turin

The Lonely One In The Autumn by LIA

 

Sedition presents a curated display of works by eight artists Ryan Whittier Hale, Shu Lea Cheang, LIA and Katie Torn at the Piemonte Share Festival in Turin, Italy. The annual festival, which runs from 19 to 28 May 2016, is dedicated to supporting contemporary art in the digital age. Share is hosted by Casa Jasmina and Fablab Torino in partnership with Toolbox Coworking and Officine Arduino, the festival is led by the festival’s artistic director Bruce Sterling, science fiction writer, journalist.

The theme of the eleventh edition this year is ‘House Guest’, exploring alternative electronic networking, electronic art and networked appliances in the home through an exhibition, workshops and panel discussions.

Works by the selected Sedition artists will be shown in a curated display throughout Casa Jasmina alongside six prototypes for home appliances which, by incorporating elements of maker and open source culture, will reimagine the Internet of Things in the home.

Untitled by Ryan Whittier Hale

Untitled by Ryan Whittier Hale

 

The six projects featured in the exhibition are the shortlisted works for Share Festival’s annual Prize. The works were selected by panel of expert judges including Bruce Sterling, author and curator and digital artist Chiara Garibaldi. Visitors can explore the projects including a surveillance coffee machine by Carlo Galli, a 3D-printed timepiece by Christoph Laimer, a satirical web installation by Lauren McCarthy, and a Kinect-controlled music installation by Jean-Michel Roland. Works are displayed in different rooms of a simulated home at Casa Jasmina, giving a sense of how the ideas on display might translate into the home of the future. During the Festival one overall winner will be announced as recipient of the Share Prize. In 2014 the prize was won by Sedition artist LIA for her Filament Sculptures, which brings algorithmically generated forms into the physical realm.

Share Festival takes place at between 19 – 28 May 2016 at CasaJasmina, Via Egeo 16; Fablab Torino, Via Egeo 16; and Toolbox Coworking, Via Montefeltro 2, Turin, Italy.

 

Highlights at ISEA 2016 Hong Kong

From 16-22 May 2016, Sedition participates in the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Hong Kong.

Keynote speakers at this year’s symposium are Benjamin Bratton, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Natalie Jeremijenko and Sedition artist Shu Lea Cheang, who presents a talk titled As The [Science] Fiction Goes at 11:00 on 18 May. Ghislaine Boddington of body>data>space will also present at the festival. In September 2016 Sedition and body>data>space will partner with Nesta and FutureFest to present the FutureFest Art Prize exhibition in London – Read more here.

On 20 May at 14:30 Sedition’s Head of Programmes and Operations, Ashley Wong, presents a talk on digital distribution of art in the Creative Media Centre, Room 5. She also presents during Curating Art After New Media HK 2016, a short professional development course, which runs from 16 – 22 May and is hosted by Videotage.

From 26-23 May Overlap present a five screen installation of Aquatint as part of the ISEA 2016 Juried Exhibition.

 

View ‘Reading’ by Shu Lea Cheang on Sedition. Cheang will present a keynote at this year’s ISEA.

View ‘Reading’ by Shu Lea Cheang on Sedition. Cheang will present a keynote at this year’s ISEA.

 

ISEA, which was founded in 1990 in the Netherlands, is an international discussion platform at which practitioners from different disciplines meet to exchange ideas on art and technology. This year’s programme is curated under the theme Cultural R>Evolution. The theme focuses on the idea that media creates the new while returning to the old; rather than the new emerging fully formed from the old, instead the margins change and forces redistribute.

The main activities at this year’s symposium take place between four Hong Kong locations: City University’s Creative Media Centre, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Cattle Depot Artist Village. Numerous satellite events will take place throughout Hong Kong for the duration of the festival and beyond.

ISEA 2016 takes place from 16-24 May in various locations across Hong Kong. Register for tickets here.

The short course Curating Art After New Media takes place from 16-22 May at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with various site visits to art spaces around the city.

Sedition presents works in Milan Design Week 2016 for Elle Decor Italia’s Soft Home

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In April, for Milan Design Week 2016, Elle Décor Italia presents Soft Home, Interiors and Digital Experience, an interactive installation at Palazzo Bovara in collaboration with H-ART and UdA Architetti. Sedition is delighted to present a display of curated works by acclaimed artists throughout the exhibition, which explores the future of the home.

During Soft Home, the work of fifteen Sedition artists will be displayed in different locations throughout the interactive exhibition space. Visitors can discover work by renowned artists including Brian Alfred, Mat Collishaw, Donata Wenders, Jia, Mark Dorf, Quayola and others in experimental home settings throughout Palazzo Bovara. The curated works follow themes including Synthetic Landscape, Time, Still Life and Human Nature.

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The home is a familiar, comfortable and intimate space, in which we come into contact with an array of objects and devices which help us to carry out day-to-day actions. How could this space change in the future? In what ways are designers, makers and programmers working to change the domestic space now? Soft Home examines how of objects and arrangements within the home are being changed and how these changes can adapt and enhance our actions, creating the possibility for different kinds of interaction in our home environments.

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Visitors to Soft Home will be able to experience new designs, concepts and softwares in an interactive environment which simulates how advancements in digital media can work with domestic architecture and design. The exhibition is arranged according to themes related to contemporary living; videos, active fact-finding experiences, a dedicated Tumblr site and the interactive installations themselves provide a variety of ways to engage with and experience the work on display.

Triangle Cloud by Brian Alfred is among the artworks by Sedition artists on display in Soft Home

Triangle Cloud by Brian Alfred is among the artworks by Sedition artists on display in Soft Home



Sedition actively works at the intersection of design and connectivity, exploring new avenues through which creative innovations and digital communication channels can come together and bringing the concept of the exhibition into new online and IRL (in real life) spaces. We are delighted to be contributing to the Soft Home conversation. This is an opportunity for design lovers to experience art differently; through different styles of distribution, scales and styles of display.

Soft Home, Interiors and Digital Experience takes place from 11-24 April at Palazzo Bovara, Corso Venezia, 51, 20129 Milan, Italy. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge.

Photos from The Campaign at The Royal College of Art

Photos by: Andrew Crowe / @brainfloat and Ben McDonnell

Visit The Campaign, a group exhibition featuring the work of twelve talented artists at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery in Battersea, London until 10 April 2016. Presented in collaboration with The Royal College of Art and Subject Matter, the exhibition features photography, print, animation, video and web-based works by Fine Art students at the RCA.

The Campaign considers how artists working with increasingly sophisticated digital media and information management systems might locate or express ‘pure creativity’. The exhibition is the culmination of a programme of talks and workshops by Subject Matter, in which leading art industry figures offered insights and advice to emerging artists.

Artists in the exhibition are: Ben McDonnell, Feifei Yu, Jazbo von Magius Gross, Jinjoon Lee, Josh Leon, Kyle Zeto, Louise Long, Melissa Magnuson, Shigetoshi Furutani, Steven Aishman, Theo Ellison and Tim Sullivan.

All works in the exhibition are available for sale via Sedition or Subject Matter. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund, which offers financial aid to students to support and nurture their artistic careers.

Sedition is pleased to support the show by releasing The Campaign collection, which comprises five video works by Josh Leon, Jinjoon Lee, Steven Aishman, Ben McDonnell and Shigetoshi Furutani. The collection is available to buy, view and trade on your digital devices as a complete set or as individual artworks.

View and purchase The Campaign collection available on Sedition in digital edition of 50 each, and print editions available from Subject Matter.

The Campaign presented in collaboration with The Royal College of Art & Subject Matter

Shigetoshi Furutani, The Trifle of Immaturity

Shigetoshi Furutani, The Trifle of Immaturity

 

Sedition presents The Campaign in collaboration with The Royal College of Art and Subject Matter from 6-10 April 2016 at the School of Fine Art’s Dyson Gallery in Battersea. The Campaign is a group exhibition by top emerging artists currently studying at the prestigious institution.

The exhibition explores the question of how and along what lines creativity might emerge in a society seemingly dominated by ephemera and in which information is increasingly managed by new media. The Campaign considers what happens to notions of gesture, craft, concept and ‘pure creativity’ when the act of making art and the role of the artist are mediated in varied and changing ways.

Alongside the exhibition, works by five artists in the show will be launched on Sedition. Works by Steven Aishman, Shigetoshi Furutani, Jinjoon Lee, Joshua Leon and Ben McDonnell are released as digital editions as part of the The Campaign collection. Furutani renders his own experiences into forms, examining collective, fragmented and generative memories. Lee’s work is an aesthetic investigation into the formation of collective social memory, while Leon’s video work creates an interplay between violence and seduction. Aishman’s methodically gathered ephemera considers how intimacy is managed and escapes management, while McDonnell explores the inherent or constructed stillness of the image.

 

Ben McDonnell, At The Still Point

Ben McDonnell, At The Still Point

 
All works in the show are available for sale as print and digital editions to benefit the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund. The fund seeks to nurture the artistic careers of students by offering financial aid to talented individuals who would otherwise find it difficult to afford to attend, as well as funding opportunities for travel, materials and residencies.

The Campaign is both an exhibition and a campaign to support long term diversity and innovation in the arts in the context of a society increasingly influenced by the digital media. Prior to the exhibition a series of talks and workshops hosted by Subject Matter for RCA students to engage with art world innovators and inspirational figures including Sedition’s Director, Rory Blain.

Artists featured in the show: Ben McDonnell, Feifei Yu, Jazbo von Magius Gross, Jinjoon Lee, Josh Leon, Kyle Zeto, Louise Long, Melissa Magnuson, Shigetoshi Furutani, Steven Aishman, Theo Ellison, Tim Sullivan.

The Campaign runs from 6-10 April 2016 at the Dyson Gallery, School of Fine Art, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN.

Explore works by Sedition artists during Art Basel Hong Kong

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Image: Tracey Emin, I Cried Because I Love You at Lehmann Maupin/White Cube Hong Kong

 

From 24 – 26 March Art Basel Hong Kong will present a diverse programme of contemporary art works, exhibitions, projects, films and discussions from across the world. For Sedition collectors visiting Hong Kong during Art Basel week, the art fair and connected exhibitions are an opportunity to see the work of a number of Sedition artists displayed in new spaces and contexts. We’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the events and exhibitions happening in Hong Kong this week.

For Art Basel, Antenna Space presents works by Guan Xiao and Yu Honglei (Booth 3D20).  Sedition artist Guan has developed a distinct aesthetic which explores history and time in relation to materials, bringing together classical and digital media and techniques. As well as presenting at Art Basel, Guan has also been recently nominated alongside Han Bing for the 4th annual Art Sanya Huayu Youth Award 2015 and is currently taking part in group exhibition GLOBALE: New Sensorium at ZKM, Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, which ends on 9 April.

Yinka Shonibare MBE presents work as part of a group exhibition Structures of Recollection at Pearl Lam Galleries. The exhibition explores and experiments with approaches to materiality and memory. Structures of Recollection opens on 21 March and runs until 28 April at Pearl Lam in Soho.

 

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Cheng Ran, Joss digital edition available on Sedition

 

Cheng Ran is exhibiting works in two locations during the Art Basel. At the fair, the artist will be represented by Galerie Urs Meile (Booth 1D25), with his film Letter 249 (2015). Cheng Ran also premieres his nine-hour epic film in Asia, In Course of the Miraculous at K11 Art Foundation from 21 March to 1 May at chi art space. The work had its world premiere at the Istanbul Biennale 2015. On 20 March, KAF will present an artist talk between Cheng Ran and artist Enoch Cheng.

Alongside Art Basel, Tracey Emin presents a major solo show of her work across two Hong Kong galleries in her first exhibition in Greater China. I Cried Because I Love You will be presented in both White Cube Hong Kong and Lehmann Maupin Gallery from 21 March – 21 May. In addition, Emin will join a panel including the Royal Academy’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow, and Hong Kong entrepreneur David Tang to discuss her work as part of the Art Basel Salon programme.

Chen Qiulin will present works including Peach Blossom #2represented by Thousand Plateaus Art Space (Booth 1C25) during Art Basel Hong Kong. Chen is also presenting a short film City Manager as part of Kaidan, a programme exploring themes of alienation and folklore on 24 March. Read an interview with Chen on her recent exhibition, One Hundred Names, which took place in Australia in 2016.

 

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Fang Lu, Lost Seconds, digital edition available on Sedition

 

On 23 March, Fang Lu, represented by Boers-Li Gallery, presents No World, an eighteen minute film work during the Art Basel short film programme, When History Became Emotion, a screening which looks at how artistic abstraction brings together temporalities in different ways. Fang will also present, Sea of Silence as part of the Kaidan film programme alongside Tao Hui, Lu Yang and Christopher Doyle on the following day, which explores themes of perception and apparition.

Art Basel Hong Kong
Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road
Wan Chai
Hong Kong, China

Pearl Lam Gallery Hong Kong Soho
Shop No. 1 G/F & 1/F, SOHO 189,
189 Queen’s Road West,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

White Cube
White Cube Hong Kong
50 Connaught Road Central
Hong Kong

Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong
407 Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong

K11 Art Foundation – chi art space
8/F, New World Tower 2,
18 Queen’s Road,
Central, Hong Kong

 

Sedition Recommends at Art Dubai 2016

Art Dubai 2016 brings together work from the world’s leading contemporary artists from 16 to 19 March at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. In our guide to the fair, we’ll help navigate the exhibitions featuring works by Sedition artists and other recommended events happening in and around the fair.

Sedition Artists at Art Dubai

'Island 1' by Shezad Dawood at Chemould Prescott Road, Art Dubai

‘Island 1′ by Shezad Dawood at Chemould Prescott Road, Art Dubai

 

Mumbai’s Chemould Prescott Road gallery (Booth B8) will present the work of Shezad Dawood, Jitish Kallat and Reena Saini Kallat to those exploring the fair. Jitish Kallat is also represented by Galerie Daniel Templon  (Booth D6).

Meanwhile artists represented by Victoria Miro (Booth A4) include Jacco Olivier, Isaac Julien and Elmgreen & Dragset, while Idris Khan exhibits work alongside Yayoi Kusama, NS Harsha and Conrad Shawcross in the booth.

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‘Microbe’ by Jacco Olivier – artwork available on Sedition

Upstream Gallery (Booth A15) will present a duo show featuring the work of Rafaël Rozendaal and Frank Ammerlaan. The new works will be shown by the Amsterdam based gallery.

Blain Southern (Booth B9) will also present a number of artists including Bill Viola, Lawrence Weiner and Yinka Shonibare MBE. Work by Francesco Clemente will be on display at the booth during the fair.

Other Highlights

As well as introducing the artists on Sedition who’ll be showing at Art Dubai, we’ve also put together some recommendations of things worth checking out.

Global Art Forum: ‘The Future Was’

Each year at Art Dubai the Global Art Forum series of talks and events engages with a theme relevant to the contemporary art world. This year’s theme, The Future Was, thinks through the ways in which ideas, statements, places and configurations of objects can be thought of as ‘time machines’ connecting past, present and future. Contributors to the Forum, directed by Amal Khalaf and Uzma Z. Rizvi, include Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission Sarah Amari, Space Archaeologist Alice Gorman, artists including Christine Sun Kim and Hito Stereyl, curators including Hans Ulrich Obrist among other professionals, practitioners and commentators.

Art Dubai Projects

Another annual fixture of the fair, Art Dubai Projects, is this year dedicated to exploring the design, economic and performative aspects of the art fair – a theme with more than an echo of Elmgreen & Dragset’s ‘The Well Fair’ currently on display in Beijing. The not-for-profit section, curated by Yasmina Reggad, is designed to support up and coming artists and includes a number of artist commissions and performances as well as a radio station.

Elmgreen & Dragset - 'The Well Fair' - UCCA Beijing

Elmgreen & Dragset – ‘The Well Fair’ – UCCA Beijing

Prior to and alongside Art Dubai, Dubai Canvas festival will celebrate 3D street art. As part of the festival ‘human cyborg’ and cyborg activist Neil Harbison, who was born colour blind and now experiences colours through an antenna implanted in his skull, is composing a piece of music alongside singers and musicians based on the colours of Dubai.

For full programme details visit: http://www.artdubai.ae/programme

 

Sedition Artists Exhibiting During Armory Week

From 28 February to 7 March the art world will gather in New York for Armory Week, one of the annual art highlights in the city that never sleeps.

Since 1994 the Armory Show has presented work by acclaimed artists from across the world, as well as generating diverse locally and internationally focused events across the city. This year’s show brings together over 200 galleries showcasing contemporary artworks, pieces by modern masters and innovative new projects, with a focus on work from the African continent and diaspora.

Alongside the Armory Show, a number of satellite fairs and connected events will present work from the fields of art and design. A number of Sedition artists will present works at the Armory Show and satellite events – here’s where to find them.

Armory Show

Isaac Julien and Idris Khan will exhibit at Booth 600 of Pier 94 at the Armory Show, represented by Victoria Miro. Additionally, on 4 March at 6:30pm Julien and architect David Adjaye will discuss their respective practices in Pier 94’s VIP Lounge.

'The Leopard (Western Union Series No. 7)’ by Isaac Julien on Sedition

The Leopard (Western Union Series No. 7)’ by Isaac Julien on Sedition

 

Also in the contemporary art section of the fair at Pier 94, Blain Southern presents works by Sedition artists Francesco Clemente, Rachel Howard, Michael Joo, Tim Noble and Sue Webster and Wim Wenders. The works will be on display at Booth 908.

‘Sun Bather’ by Wim Wenders: digital edition on Sedition

‘Sun Bather’ by Wim Wenders: digital edition on Sedition

The Armory Show
3 – 6 March 2016
Piers 92 & 94
711 12th Avenue

Satellite Fairs

Katie Torn is among artists exhibiting in 4RL, a group show which is part of SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Taking place at Skylight at Moynihan Station, 421 8th Avenue NYC, the critically acclaimed SPRING/BREAK fair centers around curator-driven projects; this year’s theme is ⌘COPY⌘PASTE. 4RL, curated by Nati Hyojin Kim and Kat JK Lee, will be presented in room 3113. The exhibition brings together works which occupy the space between ‘equal’ and ‘equivalent’, exploring the tension between the copy as identical and the copy as unique instance. 4RL runs from 2 – 7 March with a private view on 1 March.

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2 – 7 March 2016
Skylight at Moynihan Station
421 8th Avenue

Launching this week on Sedition, LoVid will present work as part of both SPRING/BREAK and Moving Image Art Fair. For SPRING/BREAK the artist duo present work in group exhibition Original Copy which takes place in room 4023, Skylight at Moynihan station from 1 – 7 March.  The exhibition explores cultural interpretations of the concepts of authenticity and the original, taking ‘the hand’ as a central motif. Look out for their Thread Through The Eye collection of six new video pieces launch on Sedition on Thursday, 3 March 2016.

Explore ‘Slow Quilt’ and other works by LoVid on Sedition

Explore ‘Slow Quilt’ and other works by LoVid on Sedition

 

From 3 – 6 March LoVid will also be exhibiting work at the Moving Image Art Fair, a fair and platform conceived in order to specifically showcase time based works. LoVid present cell-a-scape, a moving image piece in which digitally rendered shapes and static noise coexist with recognisably ‘natural’ forms.

Moving Image Art Fair
Waterfront New York Tunnel
269 11th Avenue

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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.