Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011 is a part of ART PROJECT 2011 "RGB Music News".
The Fukushima nuclear plants accident has not been stopped. It still has been going to contaminate the ocean and the soil.
We do not know when it will be stopped. It was not a natural calamity. We must know our civilization caused the disaster.
People all over the world was seeing what happened in Fukushima day by day in the year of 2011.
However our memory fade away the tragic impacts easily. We must recall the sensation of our experiences and realize what the FUKUSHIMA accident was repeatedly.
This is what an artist can do for the disaster.
"Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011" is an experimentation with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music and visual art.
The composition consisted 335 musics (default March setting is 66 musics)
which were created from RGB color data of news photograph's Fukushima nuclear disaster by algorithm.
The musics were selected from the Art Project 2011 "RGB Music News" archives (the project was 1/1/2011 to 12/31/2011) chronologically.
The project was what news photographs on the internet as reflects of the social phenomenon brought into this world visually and musically.
The music was not an impression of a photograph of musical variations. It composed a score from an image directly.
You may appreciate the same elements of visual and audio senses artistically.
The art work plays a music with the original image, the mosaic score, binary data of the score, and coordinates in RGB color space of the notes.
Backgrounds of the Project
• We have an enormous amount of data on the internet. Contemporary artists may investigate
an analysis of data with new technologies for the experimenting with the relationships
between perception and cognition, mathematics, technology, music and visual. It will draw
out potentials of cross-categories new art forms.
• Many artists and musicians sensed that colors and sounds have connections between them.
Some artists and musicians like Wassily Kandinsky (painter), Alexander Scriabin
(composer/pianist) and others stated that they could hear sounds what they saw colors, or
they could see colors what they heard sounds. It is called Synesthesia. I am not sure
whether it is true or not. However It is very curious.
• Musical graphic notation appeared in the middle of 20th century. The composers used
graphical patterns, letters and sometimes paintings for their scores. The players of
graphic notations played these musics by their own interpretations. The musics were
reflected by accidental player's minds and/or their arbitrary decisions. It was too
haphazard. Graphic notation was one of interesting ways for searching relation between
images and sounds. I wished I would like to have more certain processes of playing graphic
• A personal computer has been improved rapidly for the last 20 years. Most of contemporary
algorithmic composition composers use a computer. Algorithmic composition makes a music
without human intervention. Human intervention is in the systematic planning. The composers
were not only who wrote computer programming, but the systematic of theorists created
musics since the ancient such as Pythagoras, Ptolemy, Plato, canon composers, dice music
composers and others. I would like to say algorithmic composition is not only the recent
method of composition and engineering matters.
• Many multimedia artists create visual music works by a computer. But they are combined
visual and music by artist's sensibility. It is closer to graphic notation player's way. I
needed more logical reason the relation between the visual and the music. It was possible
using algorithmic composition methods for the idea of graphic notation.
• We often visit internet news sites. We can see so many information on this earth. Besides
we can know them in our room. Even if you are on a foreign language news site, Google
Online Exhibition: Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011
2015: "Enhanced Vision – Digital Video" ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community exhibition, from Spring 2015
Screening History in Public Space: Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011
2016: “Never More! Hiroshima- Fukushima, Collective Trauma Film Collections / artvideo KOELN” at Carnival of E-Creative, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India
2015: Media Art Exhibition "WAH: A New Diversity" WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center) Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY, Sep.12 - Oct.2, 2015
2015: "Anti-Nuke Power Art" Fort Lee Public Library 320 Main Street Fort Lee, NJ. from March 9 to March 29, 2015
2015: "3.11 -Dialogue with Fukushima" Kosmos Lane Studio & Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. from March 10 to March 22, 2015
2014: 10 minutes edition "BRAVE NEW WORLD" Videoart Festival in Berlin-Mitte, Germany. September 4, 2014
2014: 10 minutes edition the 10th Cologne International Videoart Festival Germany. August 30, 2014
2014: Multi-screen installation at MediaNoche, New York City. from June 12 to July 12, 2014.
2012: "FILE Hypersonica" Media Art Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil from July 16 to August 19, 2012.