black rain # an anti-war project


140 video files – 4 projectors – 8 infra-red sensors – 8 speakers – 1 computer – 4 DVD players – flash

BLACK RAIN is an interactive video installation that includes a live sound landscape processed in real time. The project’s main concept is the interactivity, which takes the audience from spectator to an active position. The game produced in this passive/active public displacement reverts itself in a reflection about war and our position in this chessboard. The relation between projected image, reflected image and whoever activates the image puts three tension vectors in space, necessary to create what Eisenstein defined as image dynamism. The fourth element is the space itself.

Cruelty in war has no limits. When Enola Gay pilot declares that his mission was successfully accomplished, destruction turns into the paradigm. Men against men atrocities in the concentration camps and their unhealthy perversity are referred by Bataille: “Cruelty is one of the organized forms of violence”. Through an audiovisual architecturally settled landscape, Black Rain opens a discussion about war, transgression, banality and the mediatization of evil, cruelty and violence.


Black Rain uses documentary images of Hiroshima, as well as of explosions, Japanese scriptures and performances, recorded in studio with seven actors working with reference to classical texts of Noh theater. In many of these plays, the characters die and do not know that they did, infinitely repeating actions they have performed when they were alive. In Black Rain, war does not offer salvation and characters help each other in this suffering. There is a denial in accepting what happened to them, which gives them dignity. The distortion and the melting do not appear in the bodies, but are dislocated to the audio of the work, as a result of the effects of the algorithmic programming intervention distorting the sound of the cello.

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2005 _ TOMIE OHTAKE INSTITUTE, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

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concept, direct by RACHEL ROSALEN
production: JAPAN FOUNDATION, TOMIE OHTAKE INSTITUTE
curator: AGNALDO FARIAS
actors: ÁDEGA OLMOS, ANA LUCIA GUIMARÃES, CIÇA ONO, EMILIE SUGAI, LEONA CAVALLI, ONDINA CASTILHO, PASCOAL DA CONCEIÇÃO, TOSHI TANAKA
cello: DIMOS GOUDAROULIS
live electronics: IGNÁCIO DE CAMPOS
studio/ lighting: GIACOMO FAVRETTO
editing: RACHEL ROSALEN
programming in MAX-MSP: IGNÁCIO DE CAMPOS
interface: OSCAR RODRIGUES, RACHEL ROSALEN
DVD authoring: LUIS TIBIRIÇA
fashion designer: SAMUEL CIRNANSCK
english translation: ISABEL MURAT BULBRIDGE
sponsors: COVISERV, KITANI LOCAÇÃO DE EQUIPAMENTOS