Ryoichi Kurokawa's Stunning Audiovisual Sculpture
Most audiovisual work involves screens of some description and often those screens are at the back of a stage with a bank of audio equipment and wires set up in front of them. But Ryoichi Kurokawa’s piece Oscillating Continuum shrinks this right back to create a hypnotic audiovisual sculpture set in a gallery space.
Two screens housed in conjoined boxes show a horizontal red line that comes pulsing to life with the crackling audio, as waves of abstract shapes and intricate linear patterns breakout across the white background.
The piece’s minimalist setup causes the viewer to focus their attention even more than they would watching it on a stage, making the sudden movements, the splintered but detailed graphics, and the eruption of seething forms even more startling. Much like Kurokawa’s other work, the piece gives an almost tangible presence to the low humming drone and hiss of the music.