Visual & Sound Installation
Visual: Yoji Toyosaki
Sound: Tomofumi Muto
This is a collaboration attempt between images and sound. That said, it is based on the idea that the fusion of the two isn't even an issue, since they had always existed in my mind as one from the beginning.
They were all born from my infant memories. I remember taking interest in music and art perhaps just before getting into kindergarten when I first became aware of this world and myself.
I liked drawing and painting, and I liked to listen to music. But in my mind (or heart) they had always existed together... I still remember the feeling of the two interacting with one another in a blurry whirlwind. When I painted pictures music sounded in my head, and when I listened to music abstract forms danced before me.
However, when I chose to be a creator, these elements were forced to separate and become two independent means of expression. To overcome this contradiction I shifted from paintings, which I had pursued up to then, to moving images that change according to time. If I further added voice elements to that, I thought I would be able to create a piece of work which approximates the images that I had carried from my infancy.
Slide projections with dissolve effects were used as visuals. Multiple slides were overlapped using a dissolve system, which enabled the creation of a visual piece that is at once dynamic and static, and something that resembles the layering of paints on a canvas.
Illusions of texture and physical reality are created by projecting images of 3-dimentional objects onto an unevenly surfaced screen. The resulting visual texture is intended to resonate with the quality of the sound. Through this creative process I have realized that the visual effects I had long sought from the use of "painting and modeling" collages, a technique I had long been familiar with, had become an essential part of my creative self.
After much collaborative experimentation with musician Tomofumi Muto, "Acid Blues" was born as an exhibition piece that attempts to match his powerful polyrhythmic percussion music with my visual images. The theme of this work is indeed the "poly-rhythm" that is filled with the Blues spirit of four-beat jazz. This has inspired visual images consisting of iron and aluminum junk, drawings stemming from these objects, and various landscape sceneries.
In religious rites long ago, music and dance were naturally wedded into one. My continuous pursuit is to recreate such relationship between music and visual imagery within the context of our contemporary spacial environment.