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Nobuho Nagasawa’s Synaesthesia Playground

The project is conceived and led by “Young Steinway Artist” Jocelyn Ho  (SBU Doctor of Musical Arts candidate 2016), and developed by Nagasawa along with another visual artist, five composers, three software developers, two computer scientists, and two fashion designers. “Synaesthesia Playground” combines music and sartorial art that will redefine the boundaries of the classical music, which will manifest at new music venues across the world with a world premiere concert scheduled at Stony Brook Recital Hall, and New York City in May.  This multi-disciplinary collaboration will result in six multimedia works to be featured in an international recital tour spanning the Americas, Australia, China, and Europe.

Recent scientific studies have shown that our senses are not as distinct as we once believed. Instead, they constantly talk to each other in our adaptive, plastic brains. This means that we don’t just listen with ears: sounds really do sound icy cold (temperature), sweet (taste), and radiant (sight). People whose senses intermingle particularly acutely are said to have the condition “synaesthesia.”  Synaesthesia inspires a new way of conscious listening: through all the senses of our bodies.

Using a variety of sensors on the body, new compositions will present the heartbeat, body movement, and body temperature of the pianist as triggers within audiovisual music in collaboration with the attire Nagasawa will design. By creating an interactive sartorial art that will be activated by the performer’s bodily rhythms, the performing body will become an augmented artwork itself, transforming the practice of music performance. This interactive attire, made from “woven” optical fiber, will pulsate with different bodily rhythms. The work itself will be a soulful journey of the connection between mind, body, and music.

“Synaesthesia Playground” Team:
Project leader and composer-pianist: Jocelyn Ho (Stony Brook)
FAHSS lead faculty and visual artist: Nobuho Nagasawa (New York)
Visual artist:, Takafumi Ide (Stony Brook) Composers: Daniel Weymouth (Stony Brook), Anne-Sophie Andersen (Stony Brook), Sidney Boquiren (New York) , Celeste Oram (New Zealand), and Andrew BattRawden (Australia) Software developers: Drew and Alex Petersen (Brooklyn),  Ben Finchley (Australia) Programmer and technical management: Pierre Depaz (New York) Computer scientist: Roy Shilkrot (Israel / Boston) Fashion designers: Bopha Hul and Troy Arnold of HUL ARNOLD (New York)

Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS), the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University.

Model: Jocelyn Ho, Fiber art: Nobuho Nagasawa, Fashion Designers: Bopha Hul and Troy Arnold of HUL ARNOLD.

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Nobuho Nagasawa

We are excited to present special works by interdisciplinary artist Nobuho Nagasawa as part of Fabrik Expo 2016.

Born in Tokyo, and raised in Europe and Japan, Nobuho Nagasawa received her MFA at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Nagasawa came to the United States as a visiting scholar at the invitation of the California Institute of the Arts in 1986, where she studied visual art, critical theory and music. Now residing in New York, Nobuho Nagasawa is an interdisciplinary artist whose site-specific works explore the places, politics, ecology and psychological dimensions of space and people. They emphasize both natural elements, such as earth, air, water, and fire, and biological elements, such as heartbeat, and body movement, transforming these elements into other mediums such as light, sound, and interactive movement by the use of technology. Her work involves in-depth research into cultural history and memory, with extensive community participation.

Nagasawa’s exhibition history includes the Royal Garden of the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic, Ludwig Museums in Germany and Hungary, Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico, the Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities in the United States, Alexandria Library in Egypt, as well as exhibitions in Denmark, Italy, United States, and Japan. She has been represented in numerous international venues including the Asian Art Biennial (Bangladesh, 2002), International Art Biennial (Egypt, 2002, 2004, 2005), Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates, 2003), Echigo-Tsumari Triennial (Japan, 2003) and Sinop Biennial (Turkey, 2006). Nagasawa has been commissioned for more than 20 public art projects in California, Washington, Texas, New York, Berlin and Japan, and is the recipient of several design awards.

More information can be found at http://art.stonybrook.edu/nagasawa/

TEDxTALK: http://Tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Water-weaving-light-interactive

Nobuho Nagasawa Projects

Voyage through the Void

Voyage through the Void

View a video of the project (01:26min.): https://vimeo.com/143921329

 

Water Weaving Light Cycle – Public Art Project, Seattle

Water Weaving Light Cycle – Public Art Project, Seattle

View a video of the project (02:36min.): https://vimeo.com/143818219

 

Utsusemi, 2015

Utsusemi, 2015

View a video of the project (01:27min.): https://vimeo.com/143921327

 

Transcendence of Justice 2013 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

Transcendence of Justice 2013 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

View a video of the project (01:01min.): https://vimeo.com/143921328

 

Landings 2009, Soto Metro Station, Los Angeles

Landings 2009, Soto Metro Station, Los Angeles

View a video of the project (01:59min.): https://vimeo.com/144063259

 

Flotilla 2010 University of Florida, School of Business

Flotilla 2010 University of Florida, School of Business

View a video of the project (02:36min.):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCIw3dBa6UM

 

Bodywaves 2007, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York

Bodywaves 2007, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York

View a video of the project (04:04min.): https://vimeo.com/144063582