Audiovisual art exhibition to be displayed in HUB-Robeson Galleries, Jan. 4-20

December 21, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present "Constrained Surface," an immersive audiovisual installation by artist Ryoichi Kurokawa, from Jan. 4 to 20, 2019, in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. 

A free, public reception with light refreshments will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the galleries. 

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Artist Ryoichi Kurokawa's work will be on display Jan. 4 to 20 in the HUB-Robeson Galleries on Penn State's University Park campus.

IMAGE: Courtesy of Studio of Ryoichi Kurokawa

Kurokawa uses a variety of digital methods and available commercial technologies to create moments of surprise and wonder. His time-based sculptures seamlessly blend sound and image into a single unit, which allows the viewer to experience a manufactured feeling of synaesthesia, where a sensation in one sense triggers a sensation in another.

"Constrained Surface" is characteristic of Kurokawa’s best known works. Each audiovisual installation is carefully orchestrated and fully conceptualized before taking form as a digital sculpture. Composed across multiple screens, abstract motifs suddenly appear from the dark and multiply or break away as if being microscopically dissected. By playing with the confines of a screen almost in the way a painter would play with the limited of a canvas, this work highlights the way in which Kurokawa deftly uses digital methods and tools to articulate his work.

Kurokawa lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and has shown his works across the world at countless international festivals and museums, including the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and the Venice Biennale. In 2010, he was awarded the Golden Nica at Prix Arts Electronica in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category.

The galleries in the HUB-Robeson Center are open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

For more information on this and other exhibits or to schedule a tour, contact the HUB-Robeson Galleries at 814-865-2563 or visit

Last Updated December 21, 2018