OPENING TIME:2018.03.16 15:30
Concept, direction, composition, programming, design: Ryoichi Kurokawa
Producer: Nicolas Wierinck
Programming: Hiroshi Matoba
Scientific Advisor: Vincent Minier, astrophysicist at CEA Irfu, Paris-Saclay
Scientific Datasets: CEA (Herschel HOBYS, COAST, Frédéric Bournaud, Sacha Brun, Pascal Tremblin, Patrick Hennebelle, Rémi Hosseini-Kazeroni), ESA, NASA, BLAST Experiment, SuperCOSMOS H-alpha Survey
His works are often modelled on the numerous Japanese practical artists whom, from calligraphy and poetry to theatre and dance, often develop their work within a willingly animist relationship with nature: its rhythms, forms and seasons. The first of Kurokawa’s works, conceived in 2003, was itself called Copy Nature. Unfold, while relying on data from astrophysicists, is no exception to this rule. It is indeed a question of giving the changes which shape our universe, as distant as they may be, a poetic form. However, the novelty of this work is that here, Kurokawa’s approach originates from a more scientific viewpoint than in the past.
Unfold, as you will experience it, was conceived following a scenario depicting various objects and phases that make up each stage of the evolution of stars. Nine scenes have been selected - the result of a discussion between the artist and the scientists - enabling a linear journey through stellar evolution, remaining as closely as possible to the actual, physical phenomena. In this way, Unfold alludes to the interstellar medium (the space made up of gas and dust that makes up the majority of the Milky Way), exploring thereafter the Vela molecular cloud, which gives form to phenomena such as ionisation, turbulence, shock waves and gravitational contraction.
Unfold endeavours to represent nuclear fusion (the energy source of stars such as our sun), model the initial second of a supernova explosion, and finally, portray the collision of galaxies which revives stellar formation: a phenomenon which our galaxy seems destined for in a few billion years.