A couple of weeks ago, the boy and I visited the ArtScience Museum to catch the 27 minutes long visual media showcase “The Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons” by Japanese artist, Naoko Tosa. Ikebana – The Japanese art of flower arrangement. This showcase is a series of 4 video artworks revolving around the theme of the 4 seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter – created by vibrating sound beneath paint, shot at 2000 frames per second with a super high-speed camera. Artist Naoko took on a gamble to mix technology and art in order to create this visually stunning and rich display of “flowers”. Sounds complicated? Basically, the different viscosity of the paint allow it to “jump and leap into the air” and create unpredictable patterns whenever it comes into contact with the sound vibrations, e.g. think of the sound vibrations as a trigger point. As with all artists, every artwork comes with a deeper meaning and for this instance, Naoko wants to invite the viewers to reflect on their own “internal seasons” as they progress through their life journey when they watch this contemplative video.
My review? Honestly, I didn’t had any expectation of this exhibition but I must say that I was blown away by the video artworks at the end of the half hour clip. The “dancing” flower-like imagery created by the slow-motion liquid leaps kept me mesmerized the entire time as I was captivated by the colourful marbling effect of the paint and its graceful movements. At the same time, it was intriguing to learn more about the interesting relationship between the varying sound patterns and paint and how such seemingly minuscule movements can be captured to seem so much larger-than-life. All the pictures shown here are the actual portrayal of the “dancing” liquid generated by the sound vibrations. Looks pretty unbelievable, right?