Suguru Goto, Cymatics, 2011 – An Action Sharing Production & Suguru Goto in conversation with Paul Squires


  • Simona Lodi
  • Luca Barbeni


Suguru is a composer/performer, an inventor and a multimedia artist from Japan. Now based in Paris, he is highly connected to technical experimentation in the artistic field and to the extension of the existing potentialities in the human-machine relation. In his works, new technologies are mixed up in interactive installations and experimental performances.

The idea of Cymatics was inspired by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, on March 11, 2011.

Cymatics is an interactive kinetic sculpture which conveys a holistic view of nature by bringing together symbolic elements to create harmonies in a technological context.

The sculpture consists of two distinct, cube-shaped rooms, dedicated to two different material elements. Each work is created by a liquid – water and non-Newtonian fluid – and the vibration of sound. The sculpture raises a question about the casual connection between the visual and aural senses. Cymatics creates diverse perceptual effects through the vibrations of different materials, which are placed on a plane surface activated by a vibrating motor. The vibrations are created by sound waves, with different patterns formed depending on the liquid state of the water or non-Newtonian fluid.