Curated by Niio Curatorial
During the last decade we feel technology should be everywhere and nowhere at the same time, perfectly integrated into our everyday experience, or our homes, without intruding. The future art audience has technology in their everyday life; through technology they experience the world around them, and this is what connects them to
The Niio Featured Exhibition is dedicated to the moving image and public space, aiming to present curated screening programs to a wider audience. It is based on the idea of mediating works from an extended list of contemporary video artists, through new digital exhibition formats and cloud-based platforms.
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Nico Tone is a collective of media artists based in Asia. Their artistic practice comes from exploration of relationships between traditional fine art and new emerging technologies. Nico Tone’s works include video-paintings, interactive and generative experiences.
Digital interpretation of a work by Japanese old master Kano Sansetsu. The massive black trunk of an ancient plum tree with bending, twisting branches spans nearly sixteen feet across four sliding panels. The reptilian old tree sprouts blossoms, which convey the atmosphere of a cold early spring morning and symbolize birth and renewal. These panels originally formed one wall of a room in the Tenshōin, a subtemple of Myōshinji, a Zen temple in Kyoto. During the 1880s, they were sold to a private collector and trimmed at the top to conform to the smaller dimensions of his home. On the reverse of these panels was a composition depicting the Chinese theme of the Eight Daoist Immortals, which formed a wall in the adjacent room.
In this series of works Nico Tone deals with the unravelling and manipulation of traditional flower arrangement, ikebana. Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, make flowers alive) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as Kadō (華道, “way of flowers”). The tradition dates back to the 7th century when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, they were placed in the tokonoma (alcove) of a home. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16th century under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries, with over 1,000 different schools in Japan and abroad.
The Melody Of The Flower
Digital exploration of symmetry and evolution of beauty. Referring to ancient arts of flower arrangements. A study of the balance of design while maintaining a natural flow. Recreated generatively.