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ARTIST
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Sirens
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CD/BOOK

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SR 421CD SR 421CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/15/2016

Berlin-based Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa and Athens-based artist Thanasis Kaproulias (working under the moniker Novi_sad) collaborate to create immersive audiovisual works that combine digitally generated video by Kurokawa and sound explorations by Novi_sad. CD with 48-page 600-gram book, measuring 245x220 mm. Sirens is an impressive work comprising five audiovisual pieces that explore the aesthetics of data. Sirens is a collection of digitally rendered visual formations and sound compositions with an intensity that fluctuates in relation to the unfolding of the economic downturn. Tied to the fate of the global markets, the more the economy fails (as represented by data and indexes), the more developed and complex the coupled sounds and visual sequences become. Any disintegration of financial fortunes leads directly to the emergence of a greater creative energy in an inverse tug-of-war. Sirens elucidates the relationship between generative visualization and cinematic practices, as this computer-generated video work transforms our understanding of the relationship between moving image, data, and the cinematic. By immersing the spectator in an audiovisual scape and narrative, the work heightens the performativity of processes, be they "technological" or "natural." The title of the work is inspired by the Greek mythological creatures who seduce sailors ashore into danger, as a metaphor for market fervor leading to economic collapse. Both artists have worked extensively in video, sound, installation, and live performance and have presented their works internationally in numerous festivals and art institutions. Kurokawa has presented work at the Tate Modern in London, the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Venice, Transmediale in Berlin, MUTEK in Montréal, eARTS in Shanghai, and Sónar in Barcelona. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica for Digital Musics & Sound Art. He has also released a number of CDs and DVDs and has collaborated with musicians including Human Audio Sponge (former members of Yellow Magic Orchestra). Novi_sad has presented at the Venice Film Festival, MUTEK in Montréal and Mexico City, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains in Lille, the Roy O. Disney Concert Hall at CalArts in Los Angeles, Itaú Cultural in São Paulo, the Athens Concert Hall, VPRO national radio in Amsterdam, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Einstein Kultur in Munich, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. He has collaborated with notable artists and filmmakers including Lars von Trier, Isaac Niemand, Yorgos Zois, and Karl Lemieux.