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ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition

Ei Wada (jp)
Braun Tube Jazz Band

Sound installation, 2009

Through a process of trial and error while tinkering with Braun tube televisions, Ei Wada discovered their inner workings. He developed a playing technique using his hands as pseudo antennas and the televisions and PC-controlled video decks as musical instruments, or ‘light synthesizers’.

Mon 23 August, 14:00–14:30h & 19:30–20:00h
Tue 24 August, 14:00–14:30h & 19:30–20:00h
Wed 25 August, 14:00–14:30h & 19:30–20:00h
Thu 26 August, 14:00–14:30h & 19:30–20:00h

This project is part of the international cooperation Exchange Emergences between the Japan Media Arts Festival (jp) (http://plaza.bunka.go.jp/english/) and the Coded Cultures Festival (at).

About the Artist

After composing a number of musical pieces Ei Wada (*1987) subsequently switched his attention to outmoded electrical appliances, interested in their supposed obsolescence. He modified and recontextualized them to be played as musical instruments. This work culminated in what is now the Open Reel Ensemble, a performance with Kimihiro Sato using remodelled reel-to-reel tape recorders, which was shown at the SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Art Gallery. His latest performance work, Braun Tube Jazz Band, won the Art Division Excellence Prize in the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.

ISEA2010 RUHR Exhibition
Fri 20 August–Sat 5 September 2010

Dortmunder Kunstverein
Hansastr. 2-4
44137 Dortmund

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