ECA’s Art, Space & Nature Masters graduates (2016) Yulia Kovanova and Olivia Tutton are collaborating on a multi-media art installation for one of Japan’s most prestigious art events Aichi Triennale 2016.
TONN (meaning ‘wave’ in Scottish Gaelic) is a light, sound and poetry installation in the city centre of Nagoya, Japan, at the Oasis 21 transport interchange.
The piece brings the experience of Scottish waves translated through the movement of light, poetry and sound, to create a performance that injects natural dynamics into this hi-tech urban structure.
This performance is realised through partnership between The Aichi University of the Arts (AUA), Nagoya, and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), The University of Edinburgh, as a partnership project of Aichi Triennnale 2016 and with support through UNESCO as a cultural exchange between UNESCO Creative Cities for the cities of Nagoya, Japan and Edinburgh, Scotland. Performed on 19th October, 2016 as part of live ‘PIANO TRIGGER’ event, TONN is a public installation where lights on Oasis 21 follow the natural waveforms of the Scottish oceanic waves with poem written into the visuals and sound broadcasted onto the streets of central Nagoya.
The world’s oceanic body, covering the majority of the Earth’s surface, links the two lands. A ripple on the surface of the ocean is the motion of the entire ocean. Similarly, a wave experienced off the shore of Scotland resonates on the Japanese islands. It might be imperceivable immediately through the limited human senses, yet holds beautifully on the delicate fabric of the planet.
Invited by Isao Suiz (director) and Ikumasa Hayashi (coordinator), the Scottish part of the performance (TONN) is realised by artists Yulia Kovanova (concept and visual part), Olivia Tutton (poetry), with translation into Japanese by Kohei Sakamoto and Catriona Anderson, Lars Koens (sound) and Pete Smith (sound recording). Japanese collaborators include Okuto Inoue (PIANO TRIGGER sound performance) and Yuga Noro (system architect and composer).
Lecturer Ross Mclean, who is the coordinator of the MMU between Edinburgh College of Art and Aichi University of the Arts, sees the project as an excellent demonstration of collaborative opportunity built through long term engagement between the two institutions, while working in partnership with UNESCO and Aichi Triennale 2016.
Indulgent, giggling with diamonds in each ear
Draped heavy over sculpted arms
Bells on ankles
I see myself
Framed in your many mirrors
Trace me with your shivers
Rain your glitter
To drown me
O, love, pearly splendour
Never far from thunder
The white blanket of pain
Dulls your diamonds, leaves a stain
Sapphire spheres you hurl high
Foreseen yet so curdling –
Shatter through perfection
Rage rage, never show your face
Body stands tall,
Melancholy flung overs shoulders
You bully –
Running, tripping, slipping
Suspense steals my breath…
To shake your quest
Scarlet fury eyes
Hum, allow me to cradle
Envelope this weakened body
Collecting your scatters, tucking in your lengthy limbs
Ruby heart hangs heavy