Kenji Kojima / 小島健治
Artist
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Kenji Kojima's Biography
      I have been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music and visual art since the early ’90s. I was born in Japan and moved to New York in 1980. I painted egg tempera paintings that were medieval art materials and techniques for the first 10 years in New York City. My paintings were collected by Citibank, Hess Oil, and others. A personal computer was improved rapidly during the '80s. I felt more comfortable with computer art than paintings. I switched my artwork to digital in the early '90s. My early digital works were archived in the New Museum - Rhizome, New York. My developed computer software "RGB MusicLab" in 2007 and created an interdisciplinary work exploring the relationship between images and music. I programmed the software “Luce” for the project “Techno Synesthesia” in 2014. My 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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New Project 2020 "Speak ASCII Symbol"
Techno Synesthesia: Speech
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      The project creates a piano melody from pixel data (binary = 0, 1) of a video image. The program rewrites the binary of the original data to ASCII which is assigned to 128 European characters and symbols. And they are read by the OS's "speech function". The alphabet is read in their European languages, and non-European languages follow the English pronunciation. The numbers are read by their own languages. Some symbols are not pronounced, depending on the language. Also, 0-32 and 123-127 in binary of decimal numbers are symbols that cannot be read in all languages, so the range corresponding to that scale has been eliminated from the piano melody. The pixels of the video image is displayed in a numerous number of pixels, the algorithm of the project divides the screen into 84 grids, periodically measures the light and dark values, and the large 5 differences of the color values are converted to musical notes. The conversion from color to scale follows a program I developed in 2007 it was named the RGB MusicLab. The artwork looks like video art, but it captures the algorithm working on the desktop. The artwork is not a visual illusion, intuitive music, or a story.
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January 16, 2020
It was a very windy day.
Four Scales & Four Languages. Duration 09:10
English / Japanese / French / Korean




Kenji Kojima participates in
XXIIIèmes Rencontres Internationales Traverse
Hors-champ – Hors-cadre : qui regarde ?
23rd International Encounters Traverse
Off-screen – Off-camera: who's watching?

Promotion Video: Meilleurs vœux 2020
March 11 - 31, 2020, Toulouse, France



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Techno Synesthesia: Lumière
Twelve-Tone 5 minutes Digest




Project "Techno Synesthesia"
Algorithmic Art


Online Exhibition 2019-2020
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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