A new initiative from the University of Salford aims to explore some of the mysteries of the universe using art and has co-commissioned a new artwork which explores the birth and evolution of stars.

In partnership with FACT, Liverpool, the University’s Art Collection team commissioned Japanese artist Ryoicki Kurokawa to offer the public an “artistic, yet scientific representation of how the solar system was born”.

The result is unfold an “immersive and tactile audiovisual installation” which is part of Kurokawa’s first solo exhibition in the UK running from March 11 to June 16 at FACT in Liverpool city centre.

Lindsay Taylor, Art Curator, University of Salford, said: “FACT is one of the most interesting and pioneering art organisations working with digital culture today. As such the University of Salford Art Collection is delighted to be able to support this major, ambitious commission by a world renowned artist. 

“At Salford, we are building a unique and distinctive collection of internationally significant contemporary art.” 

Kurokawa collaborated with astrophysicists at the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe, Paris-Saclay, 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 allow visitors to be transported into space through beautifully visual and sonic environments, enhanced by bass shaking floors.

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.

Added Lindsay: ‘We hope this is the beginning of a long term partnership between the University and FACT which will provide real world learning opportunities for our students and staff.’


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