Negentropic Fields

IAFT is pleased to present featuring Shuhei Nishiyama’s work at Negentropic Fields, open through February 5th via and National Gallery Singapore.

December 4th, 2020 – February 5th, 2021
Artist: Shuhei Nishiyama
◇ANTEROOM, City Hall Wing, Basement 1, National Gallery Singapore
◇Online Exhibition
◇Online Live Audiovisual Performance

Transformation of moving state
Text by Sung Nam Han
What does it look like when we look at the scenery we usually perceive with digital logic such as pixels? Shuhei Nishiyama’s videos and web works make us think about the possibilities of a non-anthropocentric world. The history of painting that the painters whispered to abandon our overly vivid vision — moving Formalism, moving Suprematism, moving Abstract Expressionism — his work is not in the history of the moving image, but in the context of the painting.
The transformed object that was not a waterfall may have been a waterfall. The image that seemed to be “like” the waterfall when we kept watching it probably shot the waterfall itself that should have been there at that time.
It is appropriate to think that way, isn’t it?

Artist Statement
Shuhei Nishiyama
Timeless video – fall –
2 min 00 sec
2 synchronized videos
Pictures and sounds are chopped for every single pixel and frame, which are the minimum units of video, and reconstructed by shifting its time and space. By shifting the layer of a pixel for each frame and rearranging the pixels of the picture, the fragments of pictures and sounds of all frames are output simultaneously.
This shredded-like image is not just a visual effect. It is a formation of the space where both the beginning and the end of the video are constantly present, and the time does not progress despite the visual changes. There is a continuous time existing in an instant, and the time that should flow irreversibly accumulating infinitely.
The waterfall also seems to be stationary, but it is constantly changing even if there is a lot of water falling. This work will show that time has passed by recomposing the waterfall as a symbol of movement pixel by pixel.

Web as feedback
24hr live streaming
The web page where the live streaming player is pasted is captured as a video and streamed to the same player again. In this work, the website is regarded as a video, and feedback is given via the Internet to make people aware of the difference between viewing the video and the website.
Audio & Visual Confliction
Online Live Audiovisual Performance
An audiovisual performance that destroys and generates images and sounds synchronously by inverting the analog signal of the video and sonic to interfere with each other.
『Timeless video – fall -』
2 minutes
2 synchronized videos
『Web as feedback』
24h Live Streaming
『Audio & Visual Confliction』
Negentropic Fields #negentropicfields is co-curated by:
formAxioms @form.axioms
Interdisciplinary Art Festival Tokyo
Design: Currency Design @currencydesign
Part of Proposal for Novel Ways of Being
Venue Partner: National Gallery Singapore