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  • Date:
    2013.09.28(Sat) - 2013.12.15(Sun)
    9/30, 10/7・15・21-25・28, 11/5・11・18-22
    11:00 - 19:00
    Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
    TWS Hongo / TWS Shibuya
    Daisuke Kuroda, Andrea Santini, Syo Yoshihama
    Mari Ohno, TEAM YAMEYO, China Blue
    Phoebe Hui, Koya Tarumi, Nao Nishiara
    Gustavo Ciríaco

TOKYO EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL (TEF) is a sound festival hosting a number of experimental performances and exhibitions in Tokyo, a city where new cultures and are always generated and various cultures intercross. 

TEF Sound Installation in TWS Hongo introduces a series of sound installation exhibitions by artists whose approaches to the sound are different from one another. It consists of nine exhibitions, three projects at a time. In addition, there is a three-day exhibition, Gustavo Ciríaco's "A room of wonder | Tokyo", held at TWS Shibuya.

*Review by jury members of TEF Open Call Program is here


First Term : September 28 (Sat) - October 20 (Sun)

■Opening Talk 9.28 (Sat) 16:00-      *Japanese only
Guest : Atsushi Sugita (Art Critic / Professor, Joshibi University of Art and Design )


Daisuke Kuroda "YAMA ARI TANI ARI ―Peaks and Valleys"

I connect two distant locations with a straight line and set points at regular intervals. I convert the altitudes of these points to musical notes and compose a score. The music is sung with the phrase "Peaks and Valleys" by two people, one from each location. Listening to this song, I make a drawing that represents the long distance between the two locations. Simply put, my place and your place are far away from each other, separated by peaks and valleys, but still connected.





Born in Kyoto, 1982. Kuroda earned his PhD at Hiroshima City University with a dissertation on a Japanese sculptor, Heihachi Hashimoto's "Ishi ni tsuite (about stone)." He makes videos and installations that explore historical events. Recent exhibitions include "Tsushima Art Fantasia," and "Hiroshima-O Hiroshima/Fukushima." In addition to his individual projects, Kuroda directs and participates in the artist collective "Team Yameyo."


Andrea Santini "OSCILLA"

OSCILLA is an interactive audiovisual installation that explores the oscillatory roots of sound and its visualisation. OSCILLA's projected 'reactive' surface is scalable in size, allowing for a variety of intuitive physical interaction paradigms whereby the position and movement of people in space or that of objects along a surface controls the amplitude and frequency of multiple sine wave generators. A graphic plot of the relationship between the generated sounds gives life to real-time animated 'sound paintings'. Sounds are additionally diffused by means of multiple speakers to form variable sound geometries and spatially distributed harmonic structures within the installation space. Participants can thus create morphing chords and harmonies, explore unusual microtonal intervals and beat frequencies and discover the fascinating connection between sound and its graphic representation.




Andrea Santini is a creative artist, lecturer and researcher operating in the fields of electroacoustic music, live-electronics, sound art, new media, theatre and audiovisual interaction. He has recently completed a DEL-funded PhD project on spatial audio and live-electronics at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (Queen's University, Belfast) focusing on the spatial music of Venetian composer Luigi Nono. Since late 2011 he has been working as a lecturer and campus academic coordinator at SAE Institute Ljubljana. Andrea is co-founder and technical director of creative research group UBIKteatro (Venice).


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Syo Yoshihama "A song of the origin" <Recommended Program>

I noticed that most people around me took behaviors to get back their natural states. I created this series of works to listen to the voices from those behaviors. This series of works itself also takes action to go back to nature, listening to those voices. "Natural state" should be different according to each place and person, but most people seem to seek for mother there.




Born in Okinawa in 1985. Graduated from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in 2010. Yoshihama takes various forms in his works, such as painting, photography, sound installation and performance, and his works let us aware of far sounds and small sounds that are not consciously heard in our everyday life. He was dispatched to Barcelona from TWS for Exchange Residency Program in 2012.


Second Term : October 26 (Sat) - November 17 (Sun)

■Opening Talk 10.26(Sat) 14:00-      *Japanese only
Guest: Minoru Hatanaka (Senior Curator, NTT International Communication Center [ICC])


Mari Ohno "acoustic cluster"

This work is an installation that amplifies, develops, and constructs the sound exposed by cutting off space physically. The acoustic characteristic varies by the physical transformation of space and the "howling" sound generated in the space also varies depending on the acoustic characteristic. The concept is based on that "space" is sound materials and "transformation of space" is musical playing and this work tries to give the visitors a specific listening experience with the musical structure.




Born in 1984 in Tokyo. Ohno is a MA student at Tokyo University of the Arts. She has been active primarily in the field of sound, such as sound art and electroacoustic composition. She presented her works at various occasions across a range of countries, including Musicacoustica-Beijing, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, NYCEMF, FILE. She has been selected as the finalist of CCMC2012, the grand prix of Tokyo Sonic Art Award, International Composition Competition Adelaide 2012, and so on.


TEAM YAMEYO "Zatsuon yameyo"

Since the dead never speaks, any noise can be regarded as evidence of life. In this sense, noisy societies express rich life forces. This project is aimed to generate a space where "noise" echoes as living sound, and attempts to reverse the notion of noise in a form of visual and audio installation.




The more matured our social and personal relationships become, the more things we cannot stop doing even though we all know we should quit it. The members of TEAM YAMEYO ("yameyo"="let's stop") realized this mechanism is what mainly causes the erosion of society, and declared "things we want to but cannot abandon" as a central theme of their artistic endeavors. Previous exhibitions include "14th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Prize" (Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawaski, 2011), "6th Emerging Artist Support Program" (Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, 2012).


China Blue "8Bit Cricket"

The "8Bit Cricket" is an active, interactive and reactive work based on the idea of the emergence of new biological forms created from waste from disasters, manufacturing and obsolescent technology. This exhibition consists of electronic crickets in cages scattered on a synthetic grass carpet. The visitors with flash lights will be able to modulate their song to restore a sense of hope that seems to be lacking in a physically isolating world through their participation.




China Blue is an international artist who is fascinated by hidden acoustics and how they reveal the unknown structures of our world.  She is a two time NASA/RI Space Grant recipient and was the first person to record the Eiffel Tower and NASA's Vertical Gun. She represented the US at OPEN XI, Venice, Italy. Her work has been reviewed by many magazines including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times and Sculpture. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute a non-profit dedicated to art, science and technology.

Support: The Engine Institute


Third Term : November 23 (Sat) - December 15 (Mon)

 ■Opening Talk  11.24(Sun) 14:00-      *Japanese Only

Guest: Yoshitaka Mouri (Socologist / Associate Professor, Department of Musical Creativity and the Environment, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Phoebe Hui "Mediators" <Recommended Program>

In this exhibition, I want to explore the idea of equivalence and non-hierarchical thinking in the context of digital media, paying particular attention to the role of the "new" as a crucial theme of contemporary art. My work aims at opening up a field of sounds that are continuous rather than discrete which are also not restricted to the classical pitched system. How can sonic artists make use of continuous and unpitched sounds? What methods of organization can replace the traditional methods of selecting and combining sounds?

:Phoebe Hui, pseudonym Jinger, was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher primarily working in the relationship between language, sound and technology. Hui received her terminal degree in Media art at UCLA and Master of Arts in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including HKADC Young Artist Award (Media Art) 2011, Asian Cultural Council Altius Fellow, Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award.


Koya Tarumi "Arousal or Boredom"

Under the theme of  "seeing sound", this work expresses sounds in a visible way. 
Exchanging our senses of sight and hearing awakes a new perception. 
In front of the wall where embedded speakers vibrate silently, viewers will exercise their imagination to appreciate inaudible sounds.
Born in Gifu, 1987. Lives and works in Tokyo.
Currently  Tarumi studies for his MA in Design at Tokyo University of the Arts.
He addresses "Design of consciousness " to exchange "Imagination thinking" with people. His works are not bound by expertise and stereotype in the cross field of arts and music.


Nao Nishihara "Sound Cracks"

The extreme insufficiency of information or anticipation makes our consciousness suspended and blank. I call this process 'the cracks between consciousnesses' and I consider this state to make people obtain multiple potentialities. In this state one struggles against a sense of insecurity but at the same time he/she becomes full of curiosity, and at this point the somatic sensation and the boundary of self is shifting. As a result you can bare all possibilities that you can have. This is the experiment provoked inside you and on your own.
Born in 1976, Nishihara works arts on sounds. He received his BA (Musical Creativity and the Environment) in 2009 and MFA (Inter Media Art) in 2011 from Tokyo University of the Arts. His main activities include two solo exhibitions, "Deaf Cane" (2011, explosion tokyo) and "under 35 gallery" (2011, Shin Minatomura: A Small City for the Future, Shinko Pier, Yokohama). He is also a co-translator of Alan Licht's "Sound Art" with Kazue Kobata and Hiroshi Egaitsu (2010, Filmart-Sha Co;Ltd.).


[Held at TWS Shibuya]

Gustavo  Ciríaco "A room of wonder | Tokyo" <Recommended Program>
Period: November 15 (Fri), 16 (Sat), and 17 (Sun)
*According to the content, this program is held at TWS Shibuya for three days only.
A room of wonder takes inspiration in the wonder rooms, the private prototypes of modern museums under Renaissance times, in order to create a museum of experiences, a collection of wonders of a group of artists and its insertion in real time in an exhibition room. A collection of Japanese men and women, their biographies, their days, their belonging to different art histories, imaginaries and generations, working collaboratively across fields for the creation of a room of wonders.
Daiske Kino-Shita, Kae Ishimoto Kento Nito, Koh Sato, Yoi Kawakubo, 
Megumi Kamimura, Noriyuki Kiguchi, Ryo Fujii, Takumi Kitada 
Gustavo Ciríaco is a performing and art maker living between Rio and Lisbon. He starts his career in Political Sciences and then drifts to dance and contextual works. Dance, theater, architecture, art history and public art are present in his pieces where he dialogues with the historical, material and affective context one is immersed in. Ciríaco has shown works in major national and international festivals, galleries and venues in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Middle East. In 2012, he was International Creator in Residency at TWS Ayoama.