Yūgen, Profound Grace
Film / Moving Image, Music
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Yūgen is a Japanese term referring to the beauty of human suffering beyond that which can be described. Informed by the structural use of repetition, cycles and static harmony found in traditions of Indonesian gamelan and Japanese gagaku, this live musical performance explores concepts of “profound grace” through traditional Asian musical aesthetics and concepts of timelessness, stillness and being. Accompanied by a multichannel video installation documenting vulnerability, ritual and loss within the social, urban and domestic spheres, at its core Yūgen, Profound Grace, is sensitive to its historical moment, its audience and its environment.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ampleya is the artistic collaboration between composer and pianist Rasa Daukus, mezzo-soprano AJ America and photomedia artist Genevieve Swifte. Transcending the limitations of their respective art forms, Ampleya brings together new compositions for piano and voice with multichannel video installations to produce exquisite experiences of musical performance and moving imagery. Intimate, yet immersive, Ampleya explores sublime moments of the everyday and redefines the relationships between audience, performer, composer and photographer.