Hiroya Sakurai

The Stream IX

FILE Sao Paulo 2019 | Videoart
Electronic Language International Festival



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.


Hiroya Sakurai: Born in Yokohama,Japan. Professor of Seian University of Art and Design. Exhibitions include the 4th Sydney Biennale (1982), San Francisco International Film Festival (2015). Sakurai’s work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J.Paul Getty Trust. Sakurai has received awards at the 35th Asolo Art Film Festival (2016), Italy, the 39th Tokyo Video Festival, the 18th FILE in São Paul (2017), and the 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2018).