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Hiroya Sakurai

The Stream 6, 7 min, Stereo, Japan, 2015

Sakurai was born in Japan in 1958. Exhibitions include Sydney Biennale (1982), Melbourne International Film Festival (2013), San Francisco International Film Festival,(2015). His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J.Paul Getty Trust.Grand Prix ,International Video & Electronic Art Festival, Locarno(1993)

This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.I shot this with a waterproof camera on a slider dolly . Using this device I created a simulated experience of walking through the waterway for the viewer. In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course.