Japanese Artist Fuses Electronic Music with Video Art Japanese Artist, Eguo Mizuno, AKA Video Bouillon, creates videos in collaboration with no one other than himself. As an artist, Eguo has always looked to his surroundings and Japanese roots for inspiration to create. Unlike most artists, Eguo is a one-man show. He fills the role of director, cinematographer, videographer, and the creator of visual arts and music for each of his video creations. EVEN by Eguo Mizuno Many of Eugo’s inspirations come from art itself and from childhood memories. Learn more about Eugo and his work through our interview with him! THE PLUS: Hi Eguo! Tell us about yourself. Eguo Mizuno: Thanks for having me! My videos fuse electronic music and images. I began Audio Visual Live Performance in 2017, and I performed at one of the most popular Live houses in Tokyo, Ebisu LIQUIDROOM. In 2018, I started a project called Live DJ Party. My video and music experience is extensive. I also have a YouTube channel that features many of my videos. TP: You go by ‘Video Bouillon’. What’s the story behind that name? EM: To me, videos and bouillon are very similar at their core. Videos include information such as visuals, images, letters, and sounds. Similarly, bouillon is composed of various ingredients such as vegetables, meats, fish, and other, and can make an astonishing broth. These similarities led me to choose video as my main medium, as well as a part of my artist name. However, I also go by Eguo because it has been a lifelong nickname! TP: Looking at your social media, it seems that you are a very well-rounded artist. Tell us more! EM: My art is extremely unique, and it is almost impossible to find an alternative to it. My first album which is called Digital Maze and 4 other video clips have just been released this November. The best way I can express myself is through my art. Specifically, this includes , breaking down and decomposing an existing video clip, and reconstructing through audio visual live performance. It is hard to describe, so please check my future lives! TP: We loved your video, “Even.” What was your inspiration here? EM: Let me briefly explain my process of making a piece… I first start with making most of the track. In order to create music images I pick up a pile of the footage I have taken in a day and arrange them like putting puzzle pieces together – one of my favourite hobbies is to find interesting views and that becomes CG stock footage for my work. For “Even,” I had two main sources of inspiration throughout the production process. The first inspiration came to me while making music. In the middle of making music, I went out to watch a movie,『2001: A Space trip (IMAX version)』which I repeatedly watched as a child. I was overwhelmed by the film’s perspective of the world; it had amazing audiovisuals.The way I felt watching that movie always motivates me to create strong audiovisuals, and inspired my imagination. My second inspiration came to me while creating the images. I realise that I love to see random objects arranged in a beautiful manner; it feels spiritual to me. Being Japanese, it may be that I sense its roots to Shintoism and the Seven Gods of good fortune. Shintoism is very different from Western religion. Everything is based on nature. The Ancient Japanese used to see Gods in nature; for instance, in the sky, wind, rivers, mountains, trees, stones, and even man-made artifacts. I believe that these beliefs and feelings had a major role in my inspiration for “Even.” There are many figurines at my home, such as Dharma – traditionally loved by Japanese as a talisman, the Tower of Sun, animals, and a monkey. I often look at the monkey and stare at him for a while; it sometimes feels as if he’s alive. I decided I wanted to create “Even” from his world. TP: It’s very impressive that you were the director, cinematographer, editor, and did the visual effects and music. Did you have a favourite role? EM: It is hard to pick a particular role in a production because each job is challenging and worth the effort. If I had to choose though, it would be making the music. During this process, I can purely follow my heart and imagination.