Performance, 7 September 2016
‘Alive Painting’ and electronics
Akiko Nakayama and Korhan Erel explore the interrelationship of the visual and the aural in a spontaneous, multimedia performance. The collaboration is a combination of Nakayama’s ‘Alive Painting’ method, in which she manipulates liquids and projects them onto a screen in real time, and Erel’s improvisational approach to conceptual sound art. Together, the two assimilate the differing qualities of vitality in visual and aural phenomena – the movement of lines and rhythms, intensities and amplitudes, shades of color and timbre – in order to reflect on the ideal of fine art as living abstraction.
Akiko Nakayama is a visual artist interested in the idea of energy metamorphosis in various media, including installation, photography and performance. Combining the energy of movement and the vibrance of colors, she brings pictures to life in ‘Alive Painting’ by depicting the resonance between shapes and textures through the use of different types of liquids, each with a unique characteristic. In recent years she is energetically engaged in performing ‘Alive Painting’ in solo and collaborative work at festivals and gatherings such as ARS ELECTORONICA (2016), TEDxHaneda (2015) and Takamatsu Media Art Festival (2015).
Korhan Erel is a sound artist and designer based in Berlin. He makes frequent use of field recordings or found sounds in his free improvisations, conceptual sound performances as well as structured and composed pieces, the latter mainly performed at art events and museums in Europe. He also does sound design and music for theater, video and dance. His collaboration ‘The Threshold’ with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore has won the Blake Prize in Australia (2012). He has done three residencies at STEIM in Amsterdam on sensors and instrument design and was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm (2011).
Akiko Nakayama (top) and Korhan Erel (bottom) in performance. Photos: Yu Tang