über Ryoichi Kurokawa

Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa’s works emerge from analog representations of perceived nature, which he transforms into digital streams of dizzying imagery and emotion. At the same time, he considers audio as a central element of his unique pieces, in addition to the visual. Kurokawa’s works take many forms, from installations to concert pieces. In recent years, his work has been shown at festivals and museums worldwide, including TATE Modern [UK], Centre Pompidou [FR], Venice Biennale [IT] , Palais de Tokyo [FR], ARS Electronica [AT], Mutek [CA/MX/JP/ES], YCAM [JP], and EMPAC [US]. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category.

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FUTURE 21 opens at Zeche Zollern with a performance by artist Ryoichi Kurokawa that inhabits the interface between concert piece, audiovisual installation, and sculpture. Painting-like digital images of sprawling nature and decaying buildings are deconstructed and assembled into new subassemblies (groups of components). Poetic images of harmony and disharmony emerge, questioning the coexistence of man and nature.

In the site-specific treatment of his concert performance, Kurokawa also takes up images of the Zeche Zollern and the Henrichshütte Hattingen. The two monumental sites of industrial cultural heritage look to the past and at the same time to the future: where once industry displaced nature, today exists an intense negotiation about the new design and function of these spaces.

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