Yoko Shimizu

Tides of Light


BioBAT Art Space, New York
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 2023, 6–9 pm
Closing Date: Saturday, September 9, 2023

“Tides of Light” is a contemplative exhibition by Japanese bio-artist and scientific researcher, Yoko Shimizu. This collection of work invites viewers to appreciate how non-human life can inform the artistic process and even be welcomed as intelligent and creative collaborators. Drawing inspiration from the scientific exploration of natural elements, Shimizu creates a series of installations that explore the intelligent properties of living systems.

Shimizu translates biological patterns into sound pieces and stunning visualizations that can be experienced in the dark. Building on the principles of biology and chemistry, Shimizu co-creates with a diverse range of organisms such as algae, fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms. She seeks to make the invisible visible and sonify the inaudible, shedding light on the imperceptible.

The exhibition offers new perspectives on the artistic exploration of scientific research methods, biological data, and AI Technology, creating tranquil and immersive environments evoking the transience and fragility of life. Shimizu visualizes non-human perception, creating empathy for the non-human world and allowing us to learn from and collaborate with nature. “Tides of Light” is a poetic ode to the beauty of impermanence and the power of nature to inspire and rejuvenate the human spirit.

Curated by: Elena Soterakis
Supported by: The Japan Foundation of New York, Ars Electronica Futurelab, The Hall Family Foundation, SUNY Downstate, New York Economic Development Corporation, and BioBAT Inc.

Image Credit: Yoko Shimizu, BioBAT Art Space
Microbiology x Artificial Intelligence x Music
Tides of Light
Ocean x Bioluminescence
Biology x Fabrication