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Art Nomura



Watching (2011) Watching is a single channel installation that compels reflection on the relationship between the ‘watched’ and the ‘watcher’. In a world rife with transmitted images, the mundane and catastrophic vie for our attention. The constant deluge de-sensitizes until the hierarchy of importance disintegrates. Is it possible to reclaim the discernment necessary for a conscious existence? Or are we doomed to passively and unconsciously consume whatever images appear before us? From computer-assisted surveillance to traffic cams, to global disaster coverage, the simple pleasure of people watching has morphed beyond innocence into an activity designed to monitor, control, de-sensitize, and suppress.Utilizing a combination of pre-recorded and live imagery, Watching summarizes reality through the use of nine (9) simultaneous video streams. The sound design for Watching was created by Rodger Pardee. See photos of Watching here.

The Wheel and the Cross: Meditation on Suffering and Redemption (2010) is 90 minute performance work for music, dance, film/art installation and interactive video. This work sets out to frame a dialog between the Christian and Buddhist perspectives on human suffering and to affirm—through integrated music, dance, film/art installation, interactive video, and a web-site keyed to the work-in-progress——their essential kinship. Collaborators included, composer Paul Humphreys, documentary maker Luis Proenca, choreographer Sri Susilowati, and New Media artist Art Nomura. Photos of the production can be seen  here


Corridor (2009) is a three channel interactive video installation. Kiss, Marathon, and Graveyard symbolize the beginning, middle, and end of life. It distills what has already been converted, by media and reflection, into the past. The corridor itself – designed to surround the viewer in transit – reminds us that we are all only travelers through this time and place. Sound design created by Rodger Pardee. View photos from a trial exhibition of Corridor at the University of New Orleans here.


Voices of the Way (2008) "Voices of the Way" is an evening of multimedia performance works inspired by three of the earth's great sacred traditions. Through textsthat honor the spiritualities of Taoism, Buddhism, and Christianity,"Voices" also affirms the prospect of harmony among all faith traditionsand cultures. Featured ensembles include South Bay Women's Chorus, New Voices Chamber Chorus, LMU Gamelan––Kembang Atangi, and Sri Dance Company. Featured individual performers include Jessica Tunick, soprano, Trevor Berens, piano, Elaine Humphreys-Cook, harp, and Karl Snider, music director. Choreography by Sri Susilowati; art/film installation by Luis Proença and Art Nomura; live video direction by Art Nomura; original music by Paul Humphreys. For information on a DVD of the event, please click here.


What Goes Around Comes Around (2007) Each of the five words: What – Goes –Around – Comes –Around (WGACA) of the project’s title was used to inspire the production of a short experimental video cycle shot on a digital still camera (point-and-shoot) and a video cell phone. The length of each of the five sections is two minutes. The theme reflects the karmic nature of the phrase and is expressed in literal and abstract ways. Each section is designed to both stand-alone and integrate with the others into a meaningful whole. The subject matter for each creation is determined through an inner process of meditation on the five elements of the Chinese/Japanese/Indian zodiac (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) combined with the external stimulation of immersion in places theretofore unvisited by the filmmaker.  The is about the WOOD element.


Home (1999) Interactive CD-Rom and web-based project on the notion of `home’. A collaboration of seventeen artists from around the nation. Produced by Annette Barbier and Drew Browning. 


Digital Mandala (1994) Multi-faceted depiction of the inner and outer cosmos using non-fictional imagery. Features ground-breaking work with COSA (now Adobe) After Effects software. Currently being updated into a HDTV presentation entitled, Digital Mandala, Redux.

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