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We are crowdfunding for the final 10% of critically acclaimed visual artist and electronic composer Ryoichi Kurokawa’s exhibition taking place at FACT in Spring 2016. We need you to help us realise this artist’s spectacular vision, which will transport audiences into space through beautifully visual and sonic environments.

Who are we?

Type Motion at FACT, 2014
Type Motion at FACT, 2014

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool and we use the power of creative technology to inspire and enrich lives. Showcasing ground-breaking new media art from across the world, our artistic programme has presented over 350 new media and digital artworks from artists including Pipilotti Rist, Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Isaac Julien.

About the project

Vela C region (molecular cloud with active star formation going on)
Vela C region (molecular cloud with active star formation going on)

This groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary exhibition will be Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokowa’s first UK solo show and will bring together the fields of art and science. With your support we have the opportunity to make this unique exhibition as immersive and awe-inspiring as possible.

Astrophysicists at the Research Institute in the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (CEA, France) have granted Kurokawa the unique opportunity to explore data taken from molecular clouds in space - data which may hold the secrets behind the birth of stars. Using these previously undocumented findings, Kurokawa has developed a new body of work, unfold, and the upcoming exhibition at FACT marks the world premiere of bringing this data to life.

ESA/Herschel/HOBYS
ESA/Herschel/HOBYS

New commission, unfold, explores the birth and evolution of stars offering viewers an artistic, yet scientific, representation of how the solar system was born, and how our galaxy might evolve. Kurokawa will construct his vision of a molecular cloud as close as possible to the scientific truth using striking 3D representations of space, combined with interpretations of how stars form within the cloud and create star clusters.

Gallery 1
Gallery 1

This new project will be presented as a large scale screen and sound work in Gallery 1, as well as other iterations throughout the FACT building and surrounding area. Cutting edge audiovisual technology will be used to enhance the artist’s breath-taking reimagining of scientific data and its accompanying soundscape. 

This exhibition marks the outcome of a period of extensive research from Ryoichi Kurokawa, in collaboration with Vincent Minier, astrophysicist at CEA Irfu, France.

About Ryoichi Kurokawa

Ryoichi Kurokawa is known for his stunning performances and multi-screen installations. His concert pieces, video, recordings and installations have been shown across the world at international festivals and museums from Tate Modern to the Venice Biennale. His vast screen-based works create, mesmerising environments which take on the appearance of sculpture, combining audio and visual in spectacular, synchronised experiences where sound and image become a single unit.

What will your contribution support?

The exhibition has been confirmed, but to ensure that we create the most dynamic experience possible we need your support to raise the final £5,000. This free exhibition has been developed over a three year period with Kurokawa and his creative and technical team, who have also spent extensive time beyond this researching the most scientifically accurate -and captivating - methods to reimagine the data.

To help realise Kurokawa’s full vision for unfold at FACT, we need you! Your generous donations will go towards:

  • The development and presentation of this major new audio-visual commission across a variety of platforms: including a gallery work
  • Documentation of live events, to be published online, sharing and showcasing Kurokawa’s Liverpool performances with the rest of the world
  • Ensuring FACT is able to utlise the most state-of-the-art creative technology possible to assist Kurokawa in delivering an immersive, impressive setting for a work which has been three years in the making
  • A series of talks (featuring the artists and the scientists who helped to develop unfold), workshops, events and a curated film series to coincide with the exhibition at FACT

Why should you donate?

FACT is incredibly excited to be able to showcase this important new work and the accompanying events programme in Liverpool. This project is a culmination of years of artistic and scientific research, and you can be a part of it!

This show will present a unique dialogue between science and art that will allow audience members to learn about cosmic phenomena and the formation of the solar system. It will offer a platform for scientists and astrophysicists to open up their research to the public and raise awareness about their years of intense work, whilst pioneering multi-disciplinary research to create a groundbreaking and unforgettable audiovisual artwork.

We want to involve you in this process, offer you unique insight into exhibition development, design and installation, and acknowledge you in your generous support. With your help, we can make this unique exhibition as beautiful and impressive as possible.

unfold is produced by Studio Ryoichi Kurokawa Concept, direction, composition, programming, design: Ryoichi Kurokawa Producer: Nicolas Wierinck Programming: Hiroshi Matoba Scientific Advisor: Vincent Minier, astrophysicist at CEA Irfu, Paris-Saclay Scientific Datasets: CEA (Herschel HOBYS, Frédéric Bournaud, Pascal Tremblin, Rémi Hosseini-Kazeroni), ESA, NASA

Risks and challenges

The only risks or challenges we are envisioning are...

1) Postage delays on the lovely postcards and tote bags - but we will be ordering these first thing in the new year and doing everything we can to get them out on time!

2) Coordinating suitable dates for the workshops and tours, however, we can arrange the workshops listed in our Constellation packages for a time that suits you between 11 March - 22 June 2016. The exhibition itself opens on Friday 11 March 2016 and so early exhibition tours with the artist, the artist dinner and the Liverpool Philharmonic event will all be happening between 9 - 12 March. Please bear this in mind when choosing your reward!

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    NEBULA

    An individual thank you tweet, mentioning you, to our 36,000 followers on Twitter, plus your name on our website.

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    NOVA

    Limited edition A6 print (one of a triptych), of Ryoichi Kurokawa’s brand new commission, unfold. Plus your name on our website.

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    SHOOTING STAR

    Eye-catching limited edition full set of triptych prints of Ryoichi Kurokawa’s brand new commission, unfold. Plus your name on our website.

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    COMET

    A priority ticket to Kurokawa's performance at Liverpool Philharmonic on Friday 11 March and exclusive tote of unfold. Plus, limited edition triptych prints and your name on our website.

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    SUPERGIANT

    Receive your own captivating limited edition digital artwork syn_mod, (one of three, from seditionart.com) to accompany your brand new tote and limited edition triptych prints. Plus your name on our website.

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    SUPERNOVA

    The complete collection of Kurokawa’s digital edition artworks syn_mod (from seditionart.com), and priority ticket to the artist’s performance at Liverpool Philharmonic. Plus, limited edition tote, triptych prints and your name on our website.

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    URSA MINOR

    An exclusive exhibition tour with one of the curators behind the show and a priority ticket to Kurokawa’s performance at Liverpool Philharmonic. Plus limited edition tote, triptych prints and name on our website.

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    URSA MINOR & MAJOR

    Priority tickets for the Philharmonic performance are no longer available. The Ursa Minor and Ursa Major packages have been adapted to allow backers to receive the following:

    The complete collection of Kurokawa’s digital edition artworks syn_mod (from seditionart.com) and an exclusive exhibition tour with one of the show’s curators. Plus limited edition tote, triptych prints and name on our website.

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    The complete collection of Kurokawa’s digital edition artworks syn_mod (from seditionart.com), an exhibition tour with one of the show’s curators and priority ticket to his performance at Liverpool Philharmonic. Plus limited edition tote, triptych prints and name on our website.

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    THE CONSTELLATIONS PACKAGES

    These are specialist packages paying tribute to the three distinct aspects present in Ryoichi Kurokawa's work: art, audio and astronomy. Please choose one of the below.

    ARTISTIC
    A mentor session with FACT Director/Programme Producer, Mike Stubbs/Ana Botella, ideal for all budding artists and those interested in entering the art sector. An invitation to the private view and FACT staff tour of the exhibition with the artist and his team on Thursday 10 March, with the invite also extending to an exclusive artist dinner with Ryoichi Kurokawa, our curatorial team and other Constellation benefactors. Plus your name on our website.

    AUDIO
    Create a future proof version of an audio artwork in a one-day mixing session with in-house sound expert Stefan Kazassoglou (Kinicho). You’ll be able to master a track into ambisonics with Stefan’s newly developed surround system, Icosahedron, complete with a headphone output version to take away and the final version will be uploaded onto our website. You will also receive an invitation to the private view and staff tour of the exhibition with the artist and his team on Thursday 10 March, with the invite also extending to an exclusive artist dinner with Kurokawa, our curatorial team and other Constellation benefactors. Plus your name on our website.

    ASTRONOMY
    Learn more about the Astrophysics Research Institute in Liverpool with Professor Andy Newsam and operate the world's largest robotic telescope (based in the Canary Islands) from Liverpool. Choose the spot in space that you’d like to focus on and take away your very own three colour observation snapshot of it. You will also receive an invitation to the private view and staff tour of the exhibition with the artist and his team on Thursday 10 March, with the invite also extending to an exclusive artist dinner with Ryoichi Kurokawa, our curatorial team and other Constellation benefactors. Plus your name on our website.

    Please note that we are unable to cover travel costs for benefactors and mentor sessions will be redeemed between March - May.

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    THE CELESTIAL PACKAGE

    Our gratitude memorialised with your name on our funders wall in the FACT foyer and our accompanying gallery guide for the exhibition. A choice of one of the Constellation packages and, to extend our appreciation beyond the Ryoichi Kurokawa exhibition and into our future programme too, a season ticket to all of the 2016/17 private views.

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