Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New piece for AOM

Fragula, a new short piece by me will be premiered by AOM on the PgUp happenings on saturday the 30th june. Read more at AOM blog and spinster Vooms blog. Fragula makes use of Bingo Onomatopoeias great HUDs for sounds and visuals especially made for this piece.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

1 @ 4 by Juria Yoshikawa

Yes, behind the somewhat enigmatic title of this blogpost there is a new music piece called "1" by me that will be involved in the new installation by Juria Yoshikawa called "4". The installation is opening at sunday 3rd june, 9am (SLT) See below for details where I include all the original notecard for the installation sent out by Juria.
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Juria Yoshikawa
At White Cube Gallery
June 3rd to July 4th


Original musical compositions by the talented and skilled Miulew Takahe, Bingo Onomatopoeia, Auxillary Snook and AldoManutio Abruzzo.

4 weeks, 4 installations and 4 composers. "4" is the latest artistic romp of emerging virtual artist Juria Yoshikawa. Given a month in a 15x15 meter cube shaped art space, she has chosen to use a single number as the beat to create her artwork to. The idea is simple. Yoshikawa will install a new artwork in the gallery each week. The minimalist number concept then extends to the 4 SL musicians she has called on to collaborate with, one each week. Each composer is given a single number 1, 2, 3 or 4 to create a soundscape based on their musical interpretation of that number. Yoshikawa herself will use her 4 opportunities to extend her ongoing exploration of light in immersive spaces. Yet this time, she has taken on the challenge of using the art space itself as the raw material of the sculpture. As with light, sound, motion and time - the art space is material for the creator. We are left with a question. Can a simple number inspire? Yoshikawa, 4 composers and you have 4 weeks to find out. Please join us at 4.

Super thanks to the 4 musicians who agreed to create original soundscapes at such short notice. Also thanks to my international friends and family who recorced their voices for the show. Last but not least, many thanks to Dan, Frank and Elynn at the White Cube Gallery for keeping their minds open and allowing to use their superb art space in unconventional ways. Thanks all!

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After two decades of creative pursuits - ranging from conceptual art, installation, poetry, performance, computer art, animation, photography and digital design - Juria Yoshikawa arrived in Second Life in the winter of 2007 looking for a new artistic spark. Initially picking up the usual odds and ends of objects, textures and scripts - almost immediately she began building large scale kinetic sculptures in public sandboxes and friends' land.

Rather than bringing in rl artwork, Juria felt compelled to use mainly the elements that make up sl itself. At the same time, drawing from a long time interest in site-specific installation art, she often looks to the surroundings for stories waiting to be dug up, using this to transform the space or be transformed by it. Inspired by a spectrum of cross-discipline rl influences including Christo, Brian Eno, Haruki Murakami to name a few, she seeks a multimedia experience to create a presence within her work.

A typical Juria Yoshikawa virtual artwork mixes kinetic objects, animated texture, ambient noise and av animations. She inevitably chooses scales larger than conventional gallery work because she is interested in people experiencing the work in a physical way - flying through them, riding on them and socializing within the art. To Juria, still new to sl, virtual art is about freeing oneself up to create in ways she finds impossible in real life. She loves the idea of art as a social medium and is seeking opportunities to collaborate with like minded artists and curators.

Read her blog bio at http://memespelunk.org/blog/?page_id=39
Contact her by sl IM or email her at mailto:juriayoshikawa@memespelunk.org


A new interview of Juria just came out on the Virtual Artist Alliance blog. It covers her art philosopy and her take on making participatory art in RL.