書韻-SHOINN | SOUND DESIGN, E-TEXTILES, LIVE CALLIGRAPHY
2016 | RESIDENCY + PERFORMANCE AT LES MOULINS DE PAILLARD, FRANCE
Created on site at Les Moulins De Paillard Art Centre in Poncé-sur-le-Loir, France during a week-long residency, 書韻ーSHOINN is a conceptual, collaborative and improvised performance in which live three artists from San Francisco, Berlin and Tokyo working Japanese calligraphy, e-textiles and sound design come together. In a series of three site-specific performances, the large scale calligraphy paintings of Aoi Yamaguchi and the electro-acoustic sounds composed by Corey Fuller are bridged by Mika Satomi’s costume and e-textile technologies. The dynamic movement of the calligrapher is translated into light and sound through a sensor embedded costume. The soundscape is composed of acoustic piano and a modular synthesizer system which receive signals generated by the movements of the calligrapher, triggering lights which are then translated into sound. Wearable sensors were worn by Yamaguchi, sensing and interpreting her breathing and movements, in turn controlling the intensity and duration of the lights. Additionally a gyro-sensor was mounted on the end of her brush which was then linked to Fuller’s modular synth system so as she painted, her movements and brush strokes were directly translated into sounds as if she were painting the music. The work is a process of constant improvisation between interpretation and expression made by the calligrapher, the musician and the technology.
Japanese calligraphy: Aoi Yamaguchi. E-textiles: Mika Satomi. Sound Design: Corey Fuller. Assistants: Farid Kati, Hannah Perner-Wilson. Photos by Corey Fuller. Hosted by Shelly De Vito & James Porter: Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director of Les Moulins de Paillard Contemporary Arts Centre.