Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons - Opening Party

Last night we drop by the Art Science Museum for the opening party of a renowned Japanese media artist, Naoko Tosa's latest exhibition.


Her latest exhibition entitled Sound of Ikebana:  Four Seasons features a series of four video artworks created by vibrating sound beneath painting, shot at 2000 frames per second with high-speed camera. I was curious about this art because it is not really a painting or a photograph but a slow motion video that allows us to appreciate life that pasts by us. It is a little bit like Time Warp in Discover Channel. Though science here were used in a whole new concept.

She has a Ph.D in Engineering (Art and Technology research), has exhibited her work at the Museum of Art in New York, New York Metropolitan Art Museum and many other museums, this must mean something right? So today, I would like to thank one of the National University of Singapore (NUS) professors who cordially invited me to view this spectacular art!

Yesterday's event was an evident that art and science can synergize. The full turnout for the opening party from different walks of life were there to grace the event. It does not only show how supportive these Japanese are towards art produced by their counterpart, but also support from international visitors from all over the world. Of course, not forgetting one unethical foreign visitor who violated the code of conduct of a social event. She was definitely one of the conversation topics over the standing table I'm sure.

The event introduced us to the exhibition - Sound of Ikebana which is an extension of her previous video artwork, An Expression.


One of the ideas in this project is to model the creative process of certain natural patterns - like the shape of snow or leaves, and then apply it in artificial process. Just like how you can make this art with computer graphics. But the downside of this is that, they tend to lack diversity. Hence, Naoko wanted something that is done using natural phenomena (in this case, sound) to introduce these creative designs - which are unpredictable.

If you are going to the Art Science Museum for this, you will learn that each art work refers to an absolute image of nature. What is it? Well you'll have to find out yourself! Sound of Ikebana will commence today till mid-January 2014. Catch it while you can!

On a personal note, thanks to one of my lovely best friend for accompanying me to this party. It was great meeting you and new friends!

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