"LIFE--fluid, invisible, inaudible ..." is the fruit of a new collaboration by SAKAMOTO Ryuichi and TAKATANI Shiro. An installation ceaselessly co-mingling sound and image, it provides an unprecedented place where the "fluid, invisible, inaudible ..." are perceptible to the entire body.
"LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible ..."is a collaboration between world-renowned composer/ musician SAKAMOTO Ryuichi and TAKATANI Shiro, core member of the Kyoto-based internationally active art group dumb type.
While the genesis of this piece is in SAKAMOTO Ryuichi's opera "LIFE" (first performed in 1999, for which TAKATANI Shiro the video aspects) as is evident in the title's "fluid, invisible, inaudible ..." it revisits the resources of sound and vision in "LIFE" now,several years later, in this new millenium, for an entirely new deconstruction and evolution of the work. If we say that "LIFE" was an experiment conducted in opera's linear, modern form at the end of the 20th Century, then the installation configuration of "LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible ..." must surely be a non-linear, decentralized flow of audio and visuals which the visitors themselves enter to experience.
A grid of 3 x 3 acrylic aquariums, 30cm high and 1.2m square are hung, in a darkened room. Each carries a thin film of water inside. Each has speakers affixed at both ends. Inside of each a fog is artificially created using ultrasonic waves, percolating fluid patterns which hover between transparency and opacity. Imagery transmitted down into these tanks from projectors attached above them--at times synchronizing all aquariums, at times decoupled and seemingly autonomous--shines down through this screen of kinetic patterns woven of water and fog, connecting the imagery while ceaselessly melting, floating endlessly between flows of meaning and meaninglessness, the concrete and the abstract.
The sounds and visions in "LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible ..." including the newly added materials, are divided into categories of 20 and 30, and stored on a computer hard disk. Being run by a random control program, the audio and visual files are called up randomly from this depository, to create an installation which is constantly changing.
"I wanted to distance myself from the curse of time." (SAKAMOTO)
"I wanted the imagery to project completely free of control." (TAKATANI)
In both of their comments we can see their embrace of the emergent potential of the flowing phenomenon that is fog and the randomness of the computer to escape typically linear and conclusively established time and space.
SAKAMOTO Ryuichi + TAKATANI Shiro
LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible ...
sound programming: YASAKA Kenji [SYNETICS LTD.]
visual programming: MANABE Daito
system programming: FURUDATE Ken
sound system advisor: SATO Hiroyasu [BALLAD Co.,LTD]
material editing: TOMARI Hiromasa
equipment coordination for Mr. Sakamoto: TSUCHIYA Masanobu, MOHRI Yasushi [Office Intenzio]
technical assistant for Mr. Takatani: OZAKI So
visionary at large: ASADA Akira
technical director: ITO Takayuki
visual technical: OWAKI Richi, MIHARA Soichiro
YCAM curator: ABE Kazunao
[New York Crew]
recording engineer: Fernando APONTE
production management: Evan BALMER / Kab America Inc.
legal supervisor: Susan BUTLER, Esq.
SAKAMOTO Ryuichi / TAKATANI Shiro / SORA Norika / TAKATANI Yoko / ABE Kazunao