Richard Byers "Ishimaki Sunlight"

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Australian new media artist Richard Byers presents his days in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture in Japan, after the disaster in March 2011, by photography and video work.

In most of his works he touches “light” to create resonance within our world and our sense of it. From the 11th of April 2011 he created a public interactive light installation onto a tsunami damaged building (Ishinomaki Saint John the Apostle Orthodox Church, built in 1880) in Ishinomaki, collaborating with local musicians, dancers and citizens. Future collaborations in Ishinomaki are gradually developing.

In his days in Ishinomaki he was fascinated by the view seen from the top of Umakkoyama, located in a suburb of the city. The simple and everyday rise and fall of the sun across rivers and rice fields, mountain cherry blossoms, common grass, people’s daily acts and prayer. These things that mass media often bypassed in favour of sensation were seen simply from on this local hill.

The exhibition shows 10 prints that Byers photographed and brought in his pocket, and video work filmed with manual focus camera. Local musicians collaborated with their music for the film's ambient soundtrack.



From 2012-10-24 To 2012-11-25 at 17:00
Exhibition Hours: 12:00-20:00


Richard Byers



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