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  1.                        The contemporary sound art scene in Japan                           Lecture and workshops

     

    A weekend of lecture and workshops with Japanese soundartists in the extension of the exhibition "Between Sounds & Music - The Japanese scene", curated by Anne-Laure Chamboissier at Le26 project space Felix Frachon Gallery.

    If the impact of John Cage and the Fluxus movement in Japan made generations of artists engage with the question of noise, the contemporary Japanese artists are playing a major part in the interpretation of the listening experience. We will present the works of three generations of sound artists whose works are emblematic of the contribution of the Japanese art scene to sound art, as of the diversity of the Japanese contemporary creation, yet to be shared to the European public.

     

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                                                                                                                                   Lecture by members of Softpad                                                                                     15 feb 2019 at 4 p.m.

    Workshop with Atsushi Nishijima (max. 12 participants)                                              “On extended listening and "textural phonography”                                                       16 february 2019

    Workshop with Mamoru (max. 12 participants)                                                 “Exploring the sonic materiality of the text to hear/create imaginary sound”                 16 and 17 feb 2019 

    Exhibition at Le26by (Brussels)                                                                                Voice and sound waves: the japanese scene                                                                14 feb -11 may 2019

     

     

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    KASK, Godshuizenlaan 4, 9000 Gent

    Le26by, 26 St-Jorisstraat, 1050 Ixelles

    Make your reservation for the workshops by sending a mail to raf.enckels@hogent.be

    Cost of the workshops.

    Atsushi Nishijima 1 day : 25/50 euro

    Mamoru               2 days : 50/100 euro

    Lecture Softpad : free but registration needed

    reduction price for students or last year graduates KASK

                                                                                                                                               

    THE COLLECTIVE SOFTPAD

    Founded in 1999, the Kyoto-based creative art & design team Softpad explores boundaries and con- nections between media, straddling such diverse genres as installation, performance, sound and graphic design.
The Softpad collective has the specificity of working from given elements, whether it is the existing works of a museum, as for Sensibilia exhibition or from certain materials or themes, as for the phono/graph- sound letters graphics exhibition. 

    Members: Ichiro Awazu, Tomohiro Ueshiba, Teruyasu Okumura, Hajime Takeuchi, Hiromasa Tomari, Hiro- shi Toyama, Takuya Minami. 

                                                                                                                                ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA

    Atsushi Nishijima was born in 1965 in Kyoto. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Osaka University of Arts in 1989 and graduated from the International Academy of Media Arts and Science in Gifu in 2001. He stayed in New York with the Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2001, as well as in Berlin in the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by the Japanese Government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2014-2015. He has presented work in numerous exhibitions including “Citycircus” (New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1994). Atsushi Nishijima explores sound and music from diverse perspectives, and presents performance, sound installation, and two and three-dimensional work based on the acquired knowledge and matters in everyday life.

                                                                                                                               MAMORU OKUNO

    Born in 1977 in Osaka holds B.F.A.,The City University of New York, 2001 and Master Artistic Research, The Royal Academy of Art The Hague/The Royal Conservatory, 2016. This artist transcribes the soundscape of the specific locations into texts through listening and extensive research on the history and/or geography; the presented soundscape can be of the past, present, future, and imaginary. The latest project "a long listening journey of a Possible thiStory especially of Japanese & Dutch & something more" grafts the 17th century Dutch made imaginary Japanese history on the actual present of the 21st century Japan and creates a possible history. It consists of lecture performances and video works.