As a pioneering media artist, Naoko Tosa is internationally renowned for her use of cutting-edge technology to produce works that channel traditional Japanese culture. Curated by Junji Ito, the exhibition showcases innovative media works from series such as ‘Sound of Ikebana’, ‘Genesis’ and ‘Space Flower’ as well as a new series entitled ‘Four Gods’. These works will be presented alongside a selection of her digital photographs. The exhibition combines art and science to capture the invisible beauty of the world we live in.
Tosa explores the origin of all beings with ‘Genesis’. By capturing the movement and interaction of Japanese ink and dry ice bubbles inside a highly viscous fluid, she re-creates the fluctuating but alluring moment of creation itself. The artist explains it is a “hyper-natural form of art” that is too complicated to grasp and can only be captured using a high-speed camera with 2000 frames per second.
Tosa’s most celebrated creation, ‘Sound of Ikebana’ (Ikebana: the Japanese art of flower arrangement) is an extension of this previous work. She passes sound vibrations through colored fluids like paints and oils and captures the mesmerising movement of colors via high-speed camera. The organic, elegant movements are displayed in colored textures carefully selected according to cultural-historical color iconography.