Photos by Udo Siegfried
Miako Klein, sound and water installation
Martin Boverhof, video
Heroines of Sound Festival
Galerie BRAENNEN Berlin (8.-11.12.2016)
Shiroshi is a performative sound, light, video and room installation designed in the form of a trilogy that deals with aspects of Japanese aesthetics and creates a space of perception for the viewer to oscillate concentration and imagination.
"There is no such thing as white’. Rather, "white" exists solely in our perception. Therefore, we much not attempt to search for 'white'. Instead, we must search for a way to feel the whiteness. Through this in turn makes us aware of the surprising diversity found in Japanese culture: we come to understand words such as silence and empty space, and distinguish the hidden meanings contained in them. As we achieve this rapport with white, our world glows more brightly, and its shadows deepen ”
Kenya HARA (WHITE | 2007/2014) Kenya Hara's reflections on Japanese aesthetics (WHITE | 2007/2014) gave the impulse for the installation “SHIROSHI”. Based on the term “Shiro”, an energetic field should arise in the resonance space of the observer, which allows the states of concentration and imagination to oscillate. He experiences the state of absolute emptiness and at the same time of absolute potential. The diverse concept of “white” in Japanese history is at the core of the project. Due to its etymological origins in Japanese, "Shiro" (Japanese = white) has a variety of meanings - such as "shiroshi" as a state of consciousness which, through intense concentration and focus, moves our feelings deeply and brings clarity, like a haunting radiance of pure light from a drop of water or a waterfall on impact. “White” as the designation of different states of absolute emptiness, and the at the same time all-encompassing, powerful energy of potential (Japanese “kizen”) - the potential for transformation and creative transformation as a moment of emergence and elevation from chaos, is found especially in the pure , white paper its materialized form - it creates the need and the abundance of possibilities to express oneself and to draw from the creative potential. “White” is also the beauty of the constant and long-lasting process of cleaning, the elaborate cleaning of the gravel in the Japanese Zen garden in order to cleanse it of the chaos of constantly changing nature.
The installation SHIROSHI involves water and Japanese washi-paper as materials. It is a water-/sound-/video installation, where the moving image gets vertically projected through water and it’s reflection is caught on the paper seal. In addition, sounds, played on a contrabass recorder, are transmitted to the water and create waves and crystal-like shapes on the surface of the water, which manipulate the projection in real time and transform the image into new shapes.
Water, being held inside hanging plexiglass boxes, makes sound become visible and audible, as it functions as the resonant body.
Shiroshi functions as a pure installation as well as a concert-installation.