Shock wave. Courtesy of Studio Ryoichi Kurokawa based on scientific data from CEA Paris-Saclay.

Ryoichi Kurokawa’s unfold.alt at Manchester Science Festival 2016

Work from the University of Salford’s Art Collection will be screening at Manchester Science Festival this weekend.

unfold.alt offers viewers an artistic, yet scientific, representation of how the solar system was born, and how our galaxy might evolve.

Kurokawa collaborated with Vincent Minier, astrophysicist at the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe‎ (CEA Irfu, Paris-Saclay), which enabled him to 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 star clusters form within the cloud until the birth of sun-like stars. By bringing this data to life, Kurokawa will allow visitors to be transported into space through beautifully visuals and sound.

For the past ten years, Ryoichi Kurokawa has excelled in both the electronic music and visual arts scenes, mixing video images, audio recordings, graphics and animations to produce stunning audiovisual installations and live performances. His vast time-based works create mesmerising environments, which combine audio and visuals to produce spectacular, synchronised experiences where sound and image become a single unit. Kurokawa’s works have been shown across the world at international festivals and museums including Tate Modern and the Venice Biennale. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category.

unfold.alt is a single-screen version of unfold which was shown earlier this year at FACT in Liverpool. unfold was co-commissioned between FACT, Stereolux and University of Salford Art Collection, with the support of CEA Irfu – Paris-Saclay, Arcadi and DICRéAM.