Yulia Kovanova and Olivia Tutton, who both graduated in 2016 from the Art, Space and Nature - MFA programme, have presented a collaborative multi-media art installation piece at one of Japan's most prestigious art events, Aichi Triennale 2016. TONN (meaning ‘wave’ in Scottish Gaelic) was a light, sound and poetry installation in the city centre of Nagoya, Japan, at the Oasis 21 transport interchange, and was performed as part of a live event called 'PIANO TRIGGER' this October. The piece allowed viewers to experience Scottish waves, translated through the movement of light, poetry and sound, to create a performance that injected natural dynamics into the hi-tech urban structure. The soundtrack was composed by Lars Koens, who completed an Astrophysics - PhD at University of Edinburgh in 2014.
"The world’s oceanic body, covering the majority of the Earth’s surface, links the two lands. A ripple on the surface of the ocean is the motion of the entire ocean. Similarly, a wave experienced off the shore of Scotland resonates on the Japanese islands," said Yulia, "It might be imperceivable immediately through the limited human senses, yet holds beautifully on the delicate fabric of the planet."
The installation was realised through the partnership between The Aichi University of the Arts (AUA), Nagoya and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), with support through UNESCO.
Ross Mclean, a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, who is the coordinator of the Memorandum of Mutual Understanding between Edinburgh College of Art and Aichi University of the Arts, said, "The project is an excellent demonstration of collaborative opportunity built through long term engagement between the two institutions, while working in partnership with UNESCO and Aichi Triennale 2016."