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Tetsuya Umeda


Fri 3 Nov 2017, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: pbpmedia

Japan’s master artist of sonic visual sensations, Tetsuya Umeda is set to thrill with his site specific occupation of The Substation from 30 October to 4 November and a one off performance on Friday 3 November.

Umeda creates dynamic environments with architectural structures, sound and light. His mesmerising and surprising performances produce intricate soundscapes and musical compositions through live experiments with everyday tools and scraps, re-purposed machines and electronics.

Umeda’s site-specific installation employs found domestic objects, transformed from their daily familiarity into a transcendent spectacle of the unexpected. Umeda’s work demonstrates elaborate systems of cause-and-effect, with elements powered by gravity, wind, centrifugal force or falling objects, capturing the moments where ordinary and extraordinary collide. His richly dynamic and embodied installations are often situated outside of the gallery context. The transparent process taking place before the audience’s eyes, exposes viewers as both witnesses and collaborators as they engage with his interactive performance pieces.

He has held a number of significant solo exhibitions including Ota Fine Arts Singapore, Singapore (2013), “Age0”, Breaker Project, Osaka (2014) and “Science of Superstition”, Sonic Protest Festival, Montreal (2015). He has also participated in performing arts and music festivals in Asia and Europe including the 1st Aichi Triennale 2010: Arts and Cities, Nagoya (2010); Double Vision: Contemporary Art From Japa,n Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa (2012); Simple Interactions. Sound Art from Japan, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Roskilde (2011). He recently featured at “RhythmScape”, Gyoenggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyoenggi (2015) and Sounds of Us, Trafó Gallery, Budapest (2015–2016).

"Tetsuya Umeda’s installations are as much about the sounds, as they are about the arrangement of everyday items he uses. Umeda’s main work is the object’s performance, which he helps orchestrate, but is never in control of.” - The Japan Times