6:30pm – Performance
In “Lunar Reflection Transmission Technique”, Taro Shinoda expands his exploration of science, nature and existence, which have been standing preoccupations of his art practice.
Using a telescope that he has constructed primarily from scrap corrugated cardboard and connected to a video camera, he has recorded the moon from different places, including Tokyo, Istanbul, Limerick and Boston, among other cities. Here, simple technology enhances our perception of interconnectedness with the cosmos, and subsequently, with one another. He explains: ‘I look at the moon and, a few hours later, you look at it in some different country. Observing the way the moon travels allows me to make an image of the whole world.’
For this new presentation of the work commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation, Shinoda collaborates with the musician Uriel Barthélémi. Recordings of the moon are projected on a 9 x 12 metre screen amidst the sand and sky of Sharjah’s Mleiha desert and accompanied by Barthélémi on the drums. The percussive composition makes palpable the syncopation of lights, rhythms and colours that Shinoda has transmitted from different cities around the world, which now reverberate as sound across the desert.
- Taro Shinoda and Uriel Barthélémi, Lunar Reflection Transmission Technique, 2016. Video still