Talk: Ryoichi Kurokawa: unfold


unfold is a major new work by Japanese audio-visual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa, exploring the birth and evolution of stars in a captivating and tactile audio-visual installation. This innovative sensory experience will premiere at Kurokawa’s first solo exhibition in the UK, presented by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool from 11 March to 12 June 2016. The artist will be joined by Dr Vincent Minier, astrophysicist at the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe‎ (CEA Irfu, Paris-Saclay), to discuss the exhibition and their cross-disciplinary practice.

unfold offers viewers an artistic, yet scientific, representation of how the solar system was born, and how our galaxy might evolve, and is the unique result of a dialogue between science and art. Kurokawa has been collaborating with Dr Minier, drawing on his astrophysical expertise to aid the construction of the artist’s vision of complex scientific data as close as possible to the truth, using 3D representations of space combined with interpretations of how star clusters form, until the birth of sun-like stars. By bringing this data to life, the artist transports the viewer into space through immersive visual and sonic environments, enhanced by bass shaking floors.

unfold is co-commissioned between FACT, Stereolux and University of Salford Art Collection, with the support of CEA Irfu – Paris-Saclay, Arcadi and DICRéAM. Supported by: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Stereolux, Arcadi, CEA Irfu – Paris-Saclay, DICRéAM, The Japan Society, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Sound City and Sedition.

Date: 14 March 2016
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP UK
: 020 7486 4348 Fax: 020 7486 2914
Organiser: Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

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