Concert / Audiovisual Subassemblies

© photos 1 & 3: Bruno Destombes

Audio and visual concordance is key in Ryoichi Kurokawa’s works. The Japanese artist considers both the audio and visual elements as different vectors of one unique piece that have to flow together and enter into collision at the same time. 

Based on this principle of hybridisation, the audiovisual concert subassemblies explores the relationship between nature and human-made structures through an architectural perspective.

The main visual sources of this project are 3D data captured from laser scanning, thermal images and filmed footage of forests, architecture and ruins which are distorted and reconstructed into modules as subassemblies, thus creating a renewed timeline with renewed layers of order and disorder while revealing the force of both nature and art.

Ryoichi Kurokawa

Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa (b. 1978 in Osaka, currently living and working in Berlin) is a true poet of the transformative cinema, lyrically transfiguring the analogue representations of perceived nature into digital streams of vertiginous imagery and emotion. 

The architecturally crafted precision of his sensitively synched fragmentary images placed side by side on our retina tends to displace the persistence of blurred memory under the effect of boundless luminosity.

All of his works lie in the notion of hybridisation: between analogue and digital, but also between time and space, the full and the fragmentary, the simple and the complex, the reactive and the contemplative, the auditory and visual.

Kurokawa’s significant solo and group exhibitions, performances and permanent works include: Coder le Monde, Centre Pompidou (France, 2018); The Dream Of Forms, Palais de Tokyo (France, 2017); One of a Thousand Ways to Defeat Entropy − The 54th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2011); Synthesis, Tate Modern (England 2007), among others.


concept, direction, composition, programming: Ryoichi Kurokawa / producer: Nicolas Wierinck / coproduction: LOXOSconcept (Matera 2019), MUTEK, Scopitone/​Stereolux, TodaysArt / produced by Studio Ryoichi Kurokawa

subassemblies is part of a larger project called s.asmbli / subassemblies which consists of a concert piece, installations, printings (sculptures) and a screening version.

subassemblies has been shown worldwide, including at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), TodaysArt (The Hague, Netherlands), Scopitone (Nantes, France), Mutek (Montreal, Canada) and Mutek JP (Tokyo, Japan).