SORA Neo (Zakkubalan)

SORA Neo (Zakkubalan)

update: 2022.9.13

Profile

SORA is an artist and filmmaker.
Born in New York and Tokyo. Lives and works in New York and Tokyo. Graduated with a BA in Film Studies and Philosophy from Wesleyan University in 2014.
His short THE CHICKEN (2020) premiered at Locarno International Film Festival 2020. As half of artist duo Zakkubalan, Neo has shown works at the Singapore Biennale and Watari-um Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.

Recent exhibitions
2021 “Below the lighthouse is the darkest part of the night," The David Ireland House, San Francisco
2021 “Ryuichi Sakamoto: seeing sound, hearing time," M WOODS, Beijing
2020 "Singapore Biennale 'Every Step in the Right Direction',”  National Gallery
2019 "Dojima River Biennale 'The Science of Cinema Arts, Led by the East'," Dojima River Forum, Osaka
2019 "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Life, Life," piknic, Seoul

Recent Awards and Grants
2022 Fellow of Sundance Screenwriter’s & Director’s Lab, USA

About works / performance

Through his film work, Neo creates engaging and thoughtful narratives with humor, a political bent, artistic sensitivity, and an international perspective.

Zakkubalan (est. 2016) is New York-based artist duo Neo Sora and Albert Tholen. Both professional filmmakers, the pair push past the constraints of normative storytelling in this collaboration to explore new sensory and emotive possibilities in cinema through video art and audiovisual installation.

Paralogoscope 2019, HD Video, CRT TV
Photo: Eric Ruby. Image courtesy of The 500 Capp Street Foundation

Prism 2021, single-channel video, projector, Delection (by David Ireland), Copper Window (by David Ireland), metal chair, wood
Photo: Cait Malloy. Image courtesy of The 500 Capp Street Foundation

Everyday 2021, three-channel video, CRT TVs, mirrors
Photo: Eric Ruby. Image courtesy of The 500 Capp Street Foundation

async - volume 2017, 24-channel video, various smartphones, various tablets
Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum

async - volume 2017, 24-channel video, various smartphones, various tablets
Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum

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