Sound is a primarily spatial phenomenon. How exactly does sound take shape and move within an environment? How do dynamics, reflection, and absorption transform sound? How does the visual interact with the listener’s aural perception?
During this residency at Q-O2, Aki Onda develops his new performance-installation project “Space Studies,” which explores the interplay between the acoustic, architectural, and emotional relationships within a given space. Onda performs with analog equipment such as radio, tape recorder, slide projector, and found objects such as a bucket, a mirror, a fan, lights, etc. He arranges and rearranges these tools and objects, manipulating the sonic and visual fields within a space as a total environment.
There is a rich history of composers drawing attention to sound’s spatial qualities – Alvin Lucier, Maryanne Amacher, and Phill Niblock have designed works that utilize the acoustic characteristics of a room. Aligning himself within this lineage, Onda hopes to explore new possibilities by investigating the relationships between sound and the visual, sound and movement, sound and light.
There will be open studio every weekend. More details will be announced soon. The premiere of “Space Studies” will be organized by Thirty Three Thirty Three in London in July 2017.