Overlapping Wave

Aoi Suwa  諏訪葵

This work uses digital and analog alchemy to overlap video images of waves with actual waves to create previously unknown landscapes. The materials used are video images of waves near Huaniao Island and a river close to me in Japan, as well as waves that I created in a pot. I projected the video images onto the waves, which I recorded and then edited to create the final work.

The pandemic has accelerated the use of technological methods to mix specific sites beyond place. This work projects this condition through overlapping waves. Moreover, this video has lots of layers of waves. This idea is inspired by the “principle of superposition.” I'm n ot an analytical scientist but I'm often affected by scientific concepts. The superposition principle states that when two or more waves overlap in space, the resultant disturbance is equal to the algebraic sum of the individual disturbances. Referring to this scientific idea, I want to connect different sites through visual images as art practice. As an alchemist, I want to create unknown landscapes by connecting real landscapes.

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Aoi Suwa

Born 1991, in Tokyo. 

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts.

Suwa creates installation work through irreversible natural phenomena generated by artificial objects and human perception. Her work proposes an approach to thinking about the relationship between objects, matter, and human feelings. When viewers see her work, they tend to explore phenomena like flowing liquid, moving light, and shadows, as well as their own interference in the space. During this exploration, they can experience the phenomena via their own perception moment by moment. Moreover, their actions also affect the work in a feedback loop. She describes this process as “entropic circulation” with inspiration from the scientific idea of dissipative structure. The key concept is that all things circulate but never return to the same point because of the essential irreversibility of time. She wants to capture the fluctuational shape of reality through her experimental works and show the potential of human perception through her art practice. She is currently completing her PhD in Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts.