Hagoromo XR: ISEA 2024

QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

HAGOROMO: ISEA 2024

27 JUNE /// 12–12.30PM and 3–3.30PM

RYOKO AOKI

THE AMPLIFIED ELEPHANTS

DUCKWORTH HULLICK DUO

SHIGINORI MOCHIZUKI

 

JAPANESE & AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS CREATING NEW CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Legendary Noh Singer Ryoko Aoki has created new imagining of the 14th Century Noh play Hagoromo in collaboration with The Amplified Elephants – Australia’s leading neurodiverse electronic music ensemble. Jonathan Duckworth, Shigenori Mochizuki and Ross Eldridge have forged new ground as audiovisual interactivity technologists, and their work appears in Hagoromo. The Amplified Elephants were delighted to be invited by Director Yoshie Kriss of Japanese production company, Slow Label, to work on a new live-streaming project with internationally acclaimed Noh singer Ryoko Aoki. The story Hagoromo tells of angel from the moon, who travels to earth only to lose her cloak of invisibility. Sonically the production entwines avant-garde ambient electronics with the remarkable tradition of Noh singing. The marriage of old and new art forms is further celebrated through the visuals of this production, which overlay state of the art projection and 3D mapping technology with traditional Noh aesthetics. Researchers A. Prof. Jonathan Duckworth (CiART Labs, RMIT University), and A. Prof. Shigenori Mochizuki (Ritsumeikan University) have digitally captured Aoki’s performance so that it can be delivered entirely as an avatar alongside The Amplified Elephants in the live theatre space: Technology transforms the human artist into an angel. Another key feature in our telling of this mythic story is the use of Disruptive Critters (Duckworth Hullick Duo): an interactive touch screen interface which is then digitally mapped through the performance space by Shigenori Mochizuki. The Amplified Elephants use Disruptive Critters as their central electronic sound generator. Funded by: The Toyota Foundation, Interactive Arts and Disability: Creative Rehabilitation and Activity for Individuals with a Disability (Representative: Shigenori Mochizuki); Australia Japan Foundation. The development of a 15-minute version of this work was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The development of a 15-minute version of this work was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Hero photo by: Yuko Amano

ALBUMS BY OUR ARTISTS

FEATURED ARTISTS

Ryoko Aoki

Ryoko Aoki

RYOKO AOKI Noh Singer & Performer Ryoko Aoki holds a unique position in the field of Noh theatre as a female singer and performer. She has performed in several traditional Noh plays, historically the reserve of male actors. Above all, she is the pioneer of and...

Jay Euesden

Jay Euesden

JAY EUESDEN synthesisers / electronics / percussion   Along with Robyn McGrath and Kathryn Sutherland, Euesden is a founding member of The Amplified Elephants (2006-). Euesden’s practice is focused on minimalist sonic patterns, usually realising these ideas through...

Robyn McGrath

Robyn McGrath

ROBYN MCGRATH synthesizers / electronics   A founding member of The Amplified Elephants – a sound art ensemble – it was McGrath who originally thought of the name for the group. McGrath joined the Sonic Adventurers Collective in 2020. Sonically, McGrath primarily...

Natalie Walters

Natalie Walters

NATALIE WALTERS sound artist Natalie Walters is an electronic music sound artist. Her practise is focused on computer-based creation, with a unique voice featuring luscious soundscapes and long-form ambient textures with pointillistic percussion. Walters released her...

James Hullick

James Hullick

JAMES HULLICK JOLT Director & CEO / Composer / Musician   HULLICKSTUDIOS.COM   James Hullick is an auditory creator like no other in Australia. Recently James’ artistic identity has been shifting from cutting-edge composer to that of an all out iconic...

Jonathan Duckworth

Jonathan Duckworth

JONATHAN DUCKWORTH interactivity designer Jonathan Duckworth was a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow (2012–15), and is now Senior Lecturer – Games and Director of Creative interventions, Art and Rehabilitative Technology lab [CiART] at RMIT University. His work...

SHIGENORI MOCHIZUKI

SHIGENORI MOCHIZUKI

SHIGENORI MOCHIZUKI Computer and Machine Artist Dr. Mochizuki is Associate Professor in College of Image Arts and Sciences at Ritsumeikan University, and Media artist. His research covers the field of human interface and interaction, life/health/medical informatics,...