Ryoichi Kurokawa

ground.alt was created by visual artist, Ryoichi Kurokawa using digital reconstructions of images and audio recorded by journalist and filmmaker Daniel Demoustier over the last dozen years in the Middle East. Three images depict the different viewpoints of situations which are involved in conflict and war. The Web provides a medium through which people can get an inside look at conflicts that feel foreign to their daily lives; and ground.alt leverages the Web to serve these images and sounds in a way that creates a rare intimate connection between the viewer and the distant worlds on the other side of the screen.

The fragments of images and sounds make a rearrangement of time to avoid a story narrative. The long and slow sequence enhances the strain and pressure to the viewers. When we look at war photograph, we might try to see the story behind the scene or try to make a story based on the previous or next image. The war photography gives an impact on the eyes. The visual effect fascinates the viewers and stimulates directly to their perception.

Concept, direction, composition, programming: Ryoichi Kurokawa
Filming and sound recording: Daniel Demoustier
Production: Cimatics, Belgium


Japanese artist, born in 1978, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Kurokawa uses various media - video, installation, recording and live performances - in order to produce exceptional audio-visual sound pieces which he has been pioneering and presenting internationally since 1999. He describes his works as time-based sculptures and considers sound and image as a single unit. His works are literally compositions - symphonies of sounds imagined and produced as well as recorded - that, in combination with video material and computer generated aesthetics, change how the spectator views the familiar. In recent years, his works are shown at international festivals and museums including Tate Modern [UK], Venice Biennale [IT], transmediale [DE] and Sonar [ES]. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category.