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Naoko Tosa

Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons

“Sound of Ikebana” is a collection of a new type of video artworks which are created by shooting Ikebana-like shaping, generated by giving sound vibration to liquid such as pastel color, oil, etc., by a high-speed camera.

This new type of ikebana (flower arranging) is created by capturing beauty of a physical phenomenon by shooting it with a high-speed camera of 2000 frames/second. The beauty is in one sense created by the collaboration between the physical phenomenon and an artist’s sensitivity and gives us an unforgettable strong impression. By utilizing various types of liquid the artist tried to express various kinds of color variations such as prayerful color in Buddhism, Japanese “Wabi-sabi” color, delicious color of food, cute color of Cool Japan, Peranakan color in Singapore, Indian color, Chinese color, etc. By using these color coordination, the artworks are intended to express Japanese seasons such as palm and cherry in spring, cool water and morning glory in summer, red leaves in autumn, snow and camellia in winter, Christmas season and New Year season. Adequate Haiku, Japanese short poems, are selected and are accompanied to each captured video. Please see at the below url.

In the area of computer technology, the basic trend involves us moving from the era of calculation, database processing, information processing, etc., to the era of addressing culture, expressing culture, handling types and structures behind several cultures, and, as a result, letting people understand different cultures at a spiritual level. In other words, I can say that we are getting into the era of Cultural Computing.

Media used: Digital video.


Naoko Tosa is a pioneer in the area of media art and an internationally renowned media artist. Her artworks became well known worldwide in the late 1980ís after one of her early artworks was selected at an exhibition called ìNew Video Japanî, organized by Barbara London, a MOMA curator. Her artwork collected at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. After receiving her PhD for Art and Technology research from the University of Tokyo, from 2002 to 2004 she was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT that was established by Gyorgy Kepes of Bauhaus.

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