Hiroya Sakurai

The Stream VIII

DURATION: 6min 56sec

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water 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. In episode VIII of The Stream, the artist focuses on the origin of the stream in the waterway at the rice field. The stream is produced by a man-made pump, which draws underground water and carries it to the rice field. The water in the rice field drains through a huge drainage pump station that feeds into a large river. The artist retained only the frequency that sounds like a person’s voice: the resulting sound is like a chorus.

Hiroya Sakurai_The stream VIII


(Japan, 1958)

Hiroya Sakurai was born in Yokohama. His works can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and J.Paul Getty Trust. He awarded also many prices around the world.