Kenji Kojima / 小島健治
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Kenji Kojima's Biography
      Kenji Kojima has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music and visual art since the early ’90s. He was born in Japan and moved to New York in 1980. He painted egg tempera paintings that were medieval art materials and techniques for the first 10 years in New York City. His paintings were collected by Citibank, Hess Oil, and others. A personal computer was improved rapidly during the '80s. He felt more comfortable with computer art than paintings. He switched his artwork to digital in the early '90s. His early digital works were archived in the New Museum - Rhizome, New York. He developed computer software "RGB MusicLab" in 2007 and created an interdisciplinary work exploring the relationship between images and music. He programmed software “Luce” for the project “Techno Synesthesia” in 2014. His digital art series "Techno Synesthesia" has exhibited in New York, media art festivals worldwide, including Europe, Brazil, Asia, and the online exhibitions by ACM SIGGRAPH and FILE, etc. Anti-nuclear artwork “Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011” was collected in CTF Collective Trauma Film Collections / ArtvideoKoeln in 2015.

Artist Statement
      I have been thinking the sense of visual and audio has strong connections. Some people believe a painter Wassily Kandinsky was a synesthesia artist. But I have a suspicion whether he had synesthesia abilities or not. Artistic intuition is important, but the ability of synesthesia is too uncertain. In spite of that, I thought the sense of vision and the sense of hearing might have common areas. A composer Alexander Scriabin tried another way. He composed symphony "Prometheus: Poem of Fire" in 1910. He imagined a symphony of sound combined with a symphony of light. He made his system that was the 12 color circle. The top of the color circle was Red and C. Each color was assigned to 12 keys. The idea was based on Isac Newton's color wheel. He wrote the light (luce) part of the score by musical notations in the symphony. But his vision did not realize the technological limits of his own time. 100 years later, the performance of his work was realized by recent technologies. Composer Scriabin explored the common information of visual and auditory with the art of different expressions.
      I was more interested in Scriabin's method than using intuition for synesthesia art. We can use computer technology in the 21st century. I developed an algorithmic composition program "RGB MusicLab" in 2007 that converted computer color data to 12 tone notes. The color value 120 is the middle C on a musical scale. Also, I found binary is a new art material. The current project "Techno Synesthesia" is based on RGB Music technology.
      A cyborg is a radical evolution of physical extension that uses science and technology in the 21st-century. We have evolved extremely slow to recognize the surrounding environment by sensory organs such as visual, auditory, tactile, and others, and realized them as reality. However, we have not known how we perceived our environment and boundaries of sensory information, and how we handled them and chose our actions. What was the difference between human beings and deep-sea creatures have evolved distinguishing information from the outside world? The project "Techno Synesthesia" inherits the predecessors and experiments the fusion and compatibility of multiple sensory organs by computer technology.

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The application makes music from image data.

Kenji Kojima is currently participating in
Group Exhibition "New Japanese Horizon"
The WAH Center’s 23rd Anniversary Year, Chief Curator: Yuko Nii
October 26 - December 29, 2019

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from Techno Synesthesia: Four Seasons
Kenji Kojima
Two Techno Synesthesia Videos. Total Duration 14:36
1. Withering Tulips Three Scales, 2018
2. Autumn & Winter Leaves Two Scales, 2018

Project "Techno Synesthesia"
Algorithmic Art

Online Exhibition Fall 2019
Techno Synesthesia: Lumière
Excavation of music in films of the Lumière brothers

Online Exhibition Spring 2019
Techno Synesthesia: Four Seasons
Ecosystem goes around on Spaceship Earth
The Change Seasons of New York City's Visuals and Music

2014 - 2018

Four Seasons Studies, Space-Time Drawing

Archway, Fountain in New York City

Subway, Street, Others and Studies

Media Performance Noh [I-MY]

Anti-Nuclear Artwork
Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011

Created music from press photos on internet

RGB Music 2007 - 2019
The application develpoment
which converted image data to musical notes

Cipher 2013, 2014, 2016
Cipher Music / Split & Merge AudioVisual

CipherText Project / 暗号計画
Encrypt Image / 暗号画像
Web Applications English & Japanese

2014 -
News / Exhibitions in Cyber and Real World

LiveCode 6 Programming Tutorilal (Japanese)
LiveCode 6 プログラミング初心者開発入門 (日本語)

1つのソース・コードから Mac, Win, Linux アプリを同時に作成する


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