RECOMBINANT 2020: Ryoichi Kurokawa /

Ryoichi Kurokawa

Pod Blotz + Chelley Sherman

Ryoichi Kurokawa is a true signature poet of the transformative cinema, lyrically transfiguring the analogic representations of the forces of nature and architecture into digital streams of synesthetic imagery & emotion. For those familiar with Recombinant Media Lab’s past presentations of Herman Kolgen, Ryoji Ikeda, and CineChamber artists Biosphere won’t want to miss this American premiere of Kurokawa’s newest most powerful subassemblies of surround sound and massive screen overload.

World-renowned Japanese new media artist Ryoichi Kurokawa is bringing his newest audio-visual performance subassemblies to San Francisco. This is his first time performing this work for U.S. audiences after its world premiere at MUTEK Montreal.

In subassemblies, Ryoichi Kurokawa uses his work to pursue the relationship between nature and man through architecture. The main sources of this piece are 3D data captured by laser scanning, thermal images and filmed footages at man-made ruins which are distorted and reconstructed into different modules to create a new timeline with layers of order and disorder while exposing the forces of both nature and art. will perform Jet Lag, mesmerizing mind- melting generative AV (Russia).


Ryoichi Kurokawa

Ryoichi Kurokawa is a Japanese audiovisual artist who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Kurokawa’s works take on multiple forms such as installation works, recordings, and concert pieces. He composes the time sculpture with the field recordings and the digital generated structures, and reconstructs architecturally the audiovisual phenomenon. In recent years, his works are shown across the world at international festivals and museums including TATE Modern [UK], Centre Pompidou [FR], Venice Biennale [IT] , Palais de Tokyo [FR], ARS Electronica [AT], Mutek [CA/MX], Minsheng Art Museum [CN], YCAM [JP], EMPAC [US], National Centre for Contemporary Arts [RU], LABoral [ES], FACT [UK], Palais des Beaux-Arts [BE], Transmediale [DE], ACC [KR], Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton [FR] and Sonar [ES/UK/JP]. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category. is an accomplished and ever-ambitious duo of A/V architects and toolmakers that cook up mind-altering experiences in generative art that require expertise in math, coding and the science of sound. By creating metastasizing digital matter of frighteningly porous frontiers exclusively through TouchDesigner and modular gear, they push back the limits of a footage and sample-free language that is opulent and breathtakingly singular. Taking as starting points their most irrepressible fascinations with death, the unknown and the cosmos, they craft thrilling, precise, painterly code-art that broaches big philosophical questions and provides mesmerizing though highly speculative answers.

Pod Blotz

Suzy Poling is a polymath and interdisciplinary artist working with sound, video, film, photography installation, sculpture, painting, collage and performance art. She researches the multi-dimensional interferences between optics, mirrors, sonic resonance, electrical synthesis, video experiments, human/alien identities and inspections of geological anomalies. Pod Blotz is Poling’s Modern Electronic / Sound Art solo project that explores posthumanist concepts, cathartic gestures and otherworldy sound source. Sonically, they have performed at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Colour out of Space Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Berkeley Art Museum, Human Resources, The LAB and Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts. Pod Blotz has made releases with Chocolate Monk (UK), Nostilevo (LA), Conjunto Vacio(Spain), Clan Destine Records (UK) and Dungeon Taxis (NZ/NYC) and more. Visually, Poling’s artwork has been seen in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Dazed Digital and a Metropolitan Museum of Art Book. Poling is a recipient of the Mike Kelley Foundation Grant and was a nominee for the SECA Award at the SFMOMA and has had 8 solo art exhibitions in Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco. Visually, her work has been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Disjecta, Cal Polytechnic University, Chicago Cultural Center, Australian Center for Photography, Aperture Foundation, Cult Exhibitions/Aimee Friberg and Zg Gallery. Poling is from Michigan, studied at Columbia College in Chicago, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade and now resides in Los Angeles.

Chelley Sherman

Chelley Sherman is a virtual artist from San Francisco. Her work is governed by patterns and texture which harness the neural systems that underlie enthrallment in darkness, ritual, reverie. Her practice consists of experiments in extended realities, virtual and augmented, as well as interactive sound installations and AV performances. Using computational methods and researching cognitive processes of perception, she explores the relationship between light and sound and resulting psychoacoustic effects in spatial sonic architectures and landscapes.

Creative Producer

Recombinant Media Labs

RECOMBINANT MEDIA LABS (RML) was founded in 1991 by Naut Humon, to research and deploy the cultural qualities and artistic potential of Spatial Cinema and music mediated electro-acoustic surround sound. RML acts as producer, propagator, and presenter of substantive intermodal artworks for its panoramic performance platform the CineChamber. Recombinant Festival is an annual autumn event series in San Francisco that showcases international immersive residencies from RML’s nomadic network. Co-presenters have been Gray Area and Obscura Digital and now STRRR TV.

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