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|Ryuichi Sakamoto to head Tokyo Musueum or Modern Art's exhibit "Art & Music - Search for New Synesthesia"|
Ryuichi Sakamoto has been invited to act as executive advisor at the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art's exhibit, "Art & Music - Search for New Synesthesia".
The goal of the exhibit is to explore works and artists that operate on the cusp of sound and art, to better understand the relationship and boundaries between them. In this way, the language and way we think about sound and art will be challenged, bringing us closer to a New Synesthesia. The exhibit will include contemporary pieces by Florian Hecker, Christine Ödlund, and many others, as well as classic artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, John Cage, and more.
In collaboration with Shiro Takatani, Ryuichi created two pieces included in the exhibition. The first piece, titled "collapsed", includes two pianos and a laser projection system. Using philosophical text from various sources, including Plato (The Republic), W.B. Yeats (A Dialogue of Self and Soul), Daniel Quinn (Ishmael), and more. The lasers project the text in dot form, similar to pointillism, while a computer algorithm analyzes the text, transforming it into musical data that is then sent to the pianos for playback. It all takes place in one space where the visitors are free to move around and experience the sound and text together, a fusing of the senses.
Text creates sound, sound creates text. How can we correlate and convert sound and letters. We must look for meaning in the intersection of sound and images. An interactive text that gives birth to music; sometimes it may resemble a conversation between two pianos, sometimes it may appear in a state of discommunication.
The second piece titled "silence spins" was inspired by the traditional Japanese tea-ceremony room, in which one is able to hear the infinite universe. Ryuichi Sakamoto worked in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed sound designer, Seigen Ono, and one of the founding members of Dumb Type, Shiro Takatani, to produce this piece.
The exhibition runs beginning October 27, 2012 through February 3, 2013
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