All these artists who contributed to the exhibition were truly great. Fun is guaranteed. The first room “Gallery 1”, counted with Cornelius in a film recorded as studio live video, projected in three screens that dressed up three walls of the room. Gallery 2 was a total party vibe with a stage-like platform where the projection of several video art pieces was on both walls and floor of the stage. Hence the projections were both vertical and horizontally thus the visitor would be immersed in these art pieces, like diving in an ocean of digital art.
Hiroaki Umeda “in fibrils” Photo: Atsushi Nakamichi (Nacása &Partners Inc.)
Hiroaki Umeda art piece “in fibrils” created dance works with an awareness of images (light) as an environment as well as a background. Thin muscle fibers in black and white pulsating in sync with the audio. He put the motif of the “structure of muscle fibers” up against the structure of the musical piece and depicts movements that couple with the temporal flow of the sound. This was a rather beautiful piece where even the subtlest sounds provoked new shapes and movements beautifully.
Koichiro Tsujikawa (GLASSLOFT) × Bascule × Kitasenju Design “JIDO-RHYTHM” Photo: Atsushi Nakamichi (Nacása &Partners Inc.)
It was a lot of fun to interact with the art piece created by Koichiro Tsujikawa (GLASSLOFT) × Bascule Inc. × Kitasenju Design. You are listening to music, while watching “yourself listening to music”. Your image overlaps with the visual effects linked to the music. In some short of app style, the visitor interacts by being part of the art piece itself, which follows the movement of the face and creates different funny visual effects around it, everything always in sync. Blood dropping your nose, rainbows spinning around your head, transformation of your head in tridimensional cubes, your face glitching, …you name it. Lots of fun! Furthermore, you can download the app yourself here and bring the fun with you anywhere!
Yoriko Mizushiri “airflow” Photo: Atsushi Nakamichi (Nacása &Partners Inc.)
All the video works were tridimensional, film or black and white with the exception of Yoriko Mizushiri who presented a 2D animated drawings in a very appealing film using soft hues and pastel color palette. He animations tickle the tactile sense of viewers and fiddles with their insides with the humorous and sensual movement of lines, focuses on the structure that compares various senses with the lyrics of the musical piece and expresses the microscopic deviations of the senses. Appealing to our senses with soft objects like tissues or sushi, to move in sync, and the presence of fingers and feet pushing the softness of this items and morphing into cloud-like shapes until create a climax with knives cutting the softness of the feet or the fingers effortlessly.
The entire list of participating creators: Tetsuro Inagaki, Hiroaki Umeda, Keita Onishi, Ryo Orikasa, Koichiro Tsujikawa (GLASSLOFT) x Bascule x Kitasenju Design, Kazumasa Teshigawara (Qubibi), Yoriko Mizushiri, UCNV, EUPHRATES (Masaya Ishikawa) + Shun Abe. The exhibition is onwards until October. The beauty of the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT building combined with this splash of creativity and technology is a must see if you happen to be around Roppongi area during this period. The exhibition has been organized by 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT and THE MIYAKE ISSEY FOUNDATION.
“AUDIO ARCHITECTURE” Exhibition
Date: June 29th – October 14th, 2018
Opening hours: 10:00-19:00 (Entrance until 18:30)
Closed on Tuesdays
Place: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Address: 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3475 2121
Admission: 1,100 yen / University Students 800 yen / High School Students 500 yen / Junior High School Students and under may enter for free
Text: Victor Moreno