Ryoko Akama – Kosetsu

Kosetsu is a sculptural work examineing accidental aural properties. Sound never resonates the same – its characteristics are constantly changing depending on the architectural setting. The original idea came from Akama’s passion for antique jars and the novel Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington. The performance features glass jars, hearing aids and motors. Kosetsu is commissioned as part of STEIM’s microTONE series – a collection of 'sound art works in boxes’, based around the belief that every sound art piece needs and deserves its own box of air molecules, more or less isolated from the rest of the world, undisturbed and undisturbing. The work was presented at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019. Co-commissioned by Sonic Acts and STEIM Ryoko Akama is a sound artist, composer and performer who approaches situations that magnify silence – time and space. Her works employ small and fragile objects such as paper balloons or glass bottles that may produce tiny occurrences embodying the aesthetics of ‘almost nothing’. She co-organises Ame Space, Mélange Edition and Mumei Publishing. www.ryokoakama.com Presentations Sonic Acts Festival 2019 22–24 February 2019 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam www.sonicacts.com

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