Asama Loops

Benjamin De Kosnik - Asama Loops


Asama Loop 6 Roji (left), 2015
3:15 minutes, 1920 x 1080


Asama Loop 6 Vsync 8 (right), 2015
5:13 minutes, 1920 x 1080


Asama Loop 6 Vband 4 (left), 2015
1:00 minutes, 1920 x 1080


Asama Loop 6 Pink Buddah Dot (right), 2015
5:13 minutes, 1920 x 1080


Asama Loop 3 (left), 2015
54:00 minutes, 1080 x 1920


Asama Loop 3 (right), 2015
54:00 minutes, 1080 x 1920


Two-channel video art installation, size variable. One or two 34 inch LED televisions, wall-mounted in portrait orientation to be adjacent or line-of-sight, two 54:00 minute 1080p synchronized loops.

2015


A site-specific video art installation, inspired by artist books produced by foreign artists visiting Japan: Kathan Brown (Paradise, 1982), John Cage (Silence, 1961), and Birgit Skiold (Zen Gardens, 1973). This work combines the transnational print and video aesthetics of three countries into a new hybrid form. Not wishing to be bound to a fixed form on paper, a visual machine constantly creates new video combinations from three main sources: the garden landscapes posted on social media at the Nezu Museum in Japan, three pure colors, and multiplications of pure color with printing plate engraving marks and noise. The generated images are re-inscribed from paper to a video screen with the carousel swipes of the contemporary mobile web mixed with simulated vertical rolls and glitch found in experimental video art by Nam June Paik and Andy Warhol. The result is a combinatoric, ever-changing iconography machine spanning contemporary San Francisco, Tokyo, and London.