Hiroya Sakuri

Born in Yokohama, Japan in 1958. Professor, Seian University of Art and Design. Exhibitions include; The 4th Sydney Biennale (1982), Postwar Art in Japan, The Getty Center, Los Angeles (2007), 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival (2013), 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (all 2015),21st Japan Media Arts Festival (2018).   Sakurai’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J.Paul Getty Trust.  His films have won numerous awards around the world. 

The Stream VIII

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course. This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.