YCAM Garden of Threads is an artistic creation as a response to the Covid-19 era proposed by YCAM. Currently, we are facing a greater focus on the challenges that have been imposed on us in the past: What is the appreciation of a work of art? Who is the physical audience for art? YCAM has been pursuing various forms of expression that are closely linked to media technology, and this time it presents two types of contents: live performance and net artworks.
YCAM Garden of Threads
This program imagines a garden full of threads as a symbol of an individual who tried to connect, independently yet organically. It is a metaphor to help picture today’s situation, which requires restrictions on human movement, heightening our longing for faraway sounds that have a deep relationship with our imagination. These sounds invite us to warp instantaneously to their source. This ability not only allows us to enjoy art, but also gives us the power to overcome difficult situations. Indeed, we can face any reality with a strong imagination.
Otomo Yoshihide + Norimichi Hirakawa + Yuki Kimura + Ko Ishikawa + Yoshimitsu Ichiraku + Jim O’Rourke + Kahimi Karie + Sachiko M + Axel Dörner + Martin Brandlmayr + YCAM
“quartets” is a performance piece that happens only in the video streaming system. Eight musicians performed improvisation individually for the recording, as they imagined a session with the others. In this piece, the performances are blended or combined at random, and each time a whole new set of improvised music comes to exist. In “quartets”, we will conceive the meaning of ensemble and questioning how we could imagine “others” in this isolated and increasingly complex situation.
SENYAWA / Wukir Suryadi & Rully Shabara (ID) & Kakushin Nishihara (JP)
Sound Tectonics is a long-run series of live performances and music events that have been held by YCAM since 2004. This program emphasizes listening experience through a different aspect of music production, sound art, and stage production. This time, we want to highlight the possibilities between modern (audio) technology and traditional/ancient sounds by inviting Senyawa (Indonesia) and Kakushin Nishihara (Japan). Both musicians are known to combine those two aspects and bring a new sound.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Artists: Otomo Yoshihide + Norimichi Hirakawa + Yuki Kimura + Ko Ishikawa + Yoshimitsu Ichiraku + Jim O’Rourke + Kahimi Karie + Sachiko M + Axel Dörner + Martin Brandlmayr + YCAM
Sound Tectonics #24
Artists: SENYAWA /Wukir Suryadi & Rully Shabara (ID) & Kakushin Nishihara (JP)
The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, commonly known as “YCAM“, is an art center located in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Operating around a central axis defined by the pursuit of new artistic expression incorporating media technology, the Center has been hosting a variety of events including exhibitions, performances, movie screenings, workshops for children, etc. since its opening in November 2003.