• Iwakura  - Ali M Demirel © Shigeo Gomi/MUTEK.JP
  • Iwakura  - Kazuya Nagaya © Shigeo Gomi/MUTEK.JP
  • Iwakura  - Maurice Jones © Shigeo Gomi/MUTEK.JP

Iwakura, the dwelling place of the gods, is an audiovisual performance for the full-dome created by video artist Ali M. Demirel and ambient musician Kazuya Nagaya, inspired by Japanese mythology. The artists take the audience on a profound journey to rediscover the sublimeness of nature through full immersion in the organic visual material depicting the Iwakura rock formations accompanied by meditative ambient sounds rooted in Zen-Buddhist prayer rituals.

The artists thus aim to renew humanity’s inherent connection to nature as a source of inspiration, which often fall to the sidelines in current narratives of scientific progress. Through introducing alternative depictions of the world this project seeks to foster new forms of cross-cultural understanding, which encourage more human-centric modes of progress.

Visual Artist: Ali M. Demirel | Sound Artist: Kazuya Nagaya | Producer: Maurice Jones

Supported by:
MUTEK Japan Association; Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation; SAVVY Contemporary; Qosmo Inc.; Ground e.V.; Miraikan 2020; silent green Kulturquartier 2021

This project is part of round 9 of the International Coproduction Fund, year 2020.