In Between Sound & Vision
New York-based artist and composer Aki Onda presents a two-night set of collaborations with sound artist Akio Suzuki and filmmaker Takashi Makino. These artists have presented their work internationally, and were the only Japanese artists invited to the international art exhibition "documenta 14" last year.
Onda and Suzuki began collaborating together in 2005. Their first collaboration, presented on the first day they met, lasted over 5 hours. Since then, they have been exploring the possibilities of site-specific approaches to sound.
Onda has also been consistently exploring the relationship between the visual and the sonic throughout his career, and has collaborated with filmmakers such as Ken Jacobs and Paul Clipson. For this event, Onda will debut new work with Japan’s most prolific and adventurous filmmaker Takashi Makiko, known for hallucinatory images and immersive live cinema works.
Feb.24 sat Aki Onda x Akio Suzuki
Feb.25 sun Aki Onda x Makino Takashi
OPEN: 7pm / START: 7.30pm
Venue: VACANT (3-20-13 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo)
Ticket: ADV ¥3,000+drink / Door ¥3,500+drink / 2days ¥5,000+drink
Aki Onda is a New York-based artist and composer. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. Onda often performs in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Raha Raissnia, Akio Suzuki, and Takao Kawaguchi. Onda’s work has been presented numerous institutions such as MoMA, The Kitchen, Pompidou Center, Louve Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Bozar, and many others.
Since the 1960s, sound art pioneer Akio Suzuki has been investigating the acoustic quality of selected locations and creating corresponding topographies. His intensive involvement with the phenomena of pulse and echo led him to develop his own instruments in the 1970s. One of these is the spiral echo instrument Analapos. It consists of a coil spring and two iron cylinders that function as resonating chambers, and is played with the voice or by hand. Starting from the 90s, his soundwalk project, oto-date, which means, respectively, "sound" and "point" in Japanese, finds listening points in the city, and playfully invites the audience to stop and listen carefully at given points on the map. Suzuki has been also active in the improvised music scenes in different continents, and has collaborated with Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, David Toop, and John Butcher.
Makino Takashi is an experimental filmmaker who lives and works in Tokyo. He creates and exhibits films that make full use of all film and video techniques, treating the image and the music as elements of equal importance. He has collaborated musicians such as Jim O’Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Simon Fisher Turner. Makino was prominently featured at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008. Since then, his cinema works were screened in over 100 cities in the world, including New York Film Festival, MoMA PS1, New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, San Francisco MoMA, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Austrian Film Museum, and The Korean Film Archive.
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