CORALS [Social Dive Projects]


CORALS [Social Dive Projects]



Higashi-nihonbashi・Bakurocho Area





A kinetic sound sculpture that mimics a coral ecosystem. Driven by AI capable of analyzing ocean conditions based on environmental data about sea surface temperatures, ocean acidification, UV radiation, ocean currents, sea level rise and coral reef bleaching, this work aims to raise awareness of the climate crisis and threats facing coral. Data on coral reef bleaching, extracted in real time, is transformed by AI into endlessly evolving shamanistic sounds that emanate from the coral sculptures. In addition, the sculptures emit movement and light in response to ocean conditions, transforming each sculpture into a living coral. The sounds are learned by AI from audio recordings of coral reef colonies and collected shamanistic ritual music from around the world. Through the movements, sounds, and vibrations this work encapsulates, viewers can gain awareness of the climate crisis and its impact on the oceans, deepening the relationship between humans and nature.

*Planning and coordination in progress.


SOCIAL DIVE: Artist-in-Residence Projects

For the SOCIAL DIVE Artist in Residence Projects, an open call program that was held in the previous Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021, twelve overseas artists were selected from over 1,535 applications. However, the projects of seven of those artists were postponed due to the effects of the coronavirus.

For Tokyo Biennale 2023, we plan to invite the artists who were unable to come to Japan to present their works. The artists will “dive” into various areas of the Tokyo cityscape, observe the charm of people who live and gather there, and generate new values. While interacting with society, the artists will come to reveal various connections latent in the city. These connections may offer unexpected perspectives for those who live and work in Japan today, or viewpoints that are all too familiar for its inhabitants to notice.



Research and production of sculptures, presentations, related talk events, etc.



AugustArtist stay in Tokyo for the production
September 23 – November 5Exhibition of results


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