Kenji Kojima was born in Japan, and now lives in New York City. Since early 90th, he has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, mathematics, technology, music and art.
Kojima’s first painting series “Guardian Deities in the City” from 1980 to 86 which were egg tempera paintings that was medieval materials and techniques
presented street objects of New York City. Painting series “Waves” was created around concrete images with abstracted forms. He became interested in surrounding phenomenon, or causation, more than the objects themselves. Around the late 80th, a personal computer improved rapidly. He began to used a computer for making plans from the following series, “Stream”. Because the paintings needed careful planing and visualization. It is a requirement of the medium. It is not possible to erase, or change directions.
It sent him in a new direction of his art work that were interactive and programming. It was more comfortable for his mind. He created digital art series “Is the Production of Garbage Materials in the 21st Century, still Art?”, “A Tender Attempt to Accomplish Something Possible in This Impossible”, and “Throwing Stones” on his Web site. Software art “JIKANKEI” was temporal hour, it was before westernized time system in Japan. “String Quartet Pi” composed a music from the constant pi.
“RGB Music Project” was started in 2007. It was a composite artwork of visuals, music and technologies that converts visual data into a music in attempts to discover relation between visuals and musics. The project core was the development of an algorithmic composition software RGB MusicLab. “String Trio Sphere” was an extension of RGB Music Project that converted XYZ coordinate axes of sphere surface points to musical notes.
The latest project “RGB Music RENGA” was continuing short improvisations like Japanese poetry RENGA. The musics of “RGB Music RENGA” were converted from series of New York City Subway and 999 Central Park photographs by Web and desktop applications programmed by Kojima.
Kojima’s RGB Music RENGA is exhibited at the Jyväskylä Art Museum exhibition Text | Sound | Technology | Information: Sound – March 8-13, 2011