Introducing a custom car audio orchestra—a symphony of sounds echoes atop the mountain
Masamitsu Araki builds unique sonic spaces based on his acoustic experiences and fieldwork. A member of the documentation group Archives Pay and the music group New Manuke, he also creates theater and installation works. For his latest project’s motif, Araki takes an interest in the world of custom car audio. In pursuit of the perfect sound, cars are modified with exquisitely curated sound systems and visuals. With a parking lot in Mount Hiei as the stage, Araki holds a car stereo concert in the darkness of twilight.
The cars’ systems cannot reach their fullest potential in the city, but in the mountains, there’s nothing to hold them back. With a suburban parking lot at his disposal, Araki lets his imagination run wild, composing a suite that incorporates underground culture and reverberates throughout the depths of the Hiei valley. Enjoy the ride as you leave the city of Kyoto behind and gradually approach a surreal space.
10.1 (Fri)-10.3 (Sun)
15:00 Reception Opens / 15:50 Reception Closes / 16:00 Departure
Duration: 50 min
No admission for preschoolers.
All audiences must gather at ROHM Square from where a bus will take them to the venue. Please ensure to arrive at ROHM Square between 15:00-15:50.
Please note audiences who do not arrive by the bus departure time will be unable to see the performance.
The bus is estimated to return to ROHM Square at 20:00.
All audiences must gather at ROHM Square from where a bus will take them to the venue.
Born in Yamagata Prefecture in 1981, Araki is an artist and sound designer based in Kyoto. He constructs highly original sound spaces from fieldwork and his acoustic experiences. In recent years, based on the diversity of audiovisual spaces, he proceeds with a practice and inquiry centered on ‘regeneration’ as a new phase in his work. His solo exhibitions include Zombies and Me (2020) at The Triangle, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art. His work Public Address—sound field which premiered in 2013 was invited to Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2021. As a sound designer he has collaborated with numerous artists and is a member of the documentation group ARCHIVES PAY and the music group NEW MANUKE.
Direction, Sound Design: Masamitsu Araki
Stage Manager: Kazushi Ota
Lighting: Yasuhiro Fujiwara
Sound: Bunsho Nisikawa
Video Direction: Masamitsu Araki
Video Design: Yuma Saito
Custom Cars: Hayato Kashiwagi, Rena Kishigami, Yasunobu Tanabe, Masaya Natsume, Hideaki Hashiba, Soichiro Yokogawa, Eishin Wada
Additional Music Track: I Would Die 4 U (Prince Cover) by FREEDOMHILLKO
Production Coordinator: Kanako Yamasaki (KANKARA Inc.)
Production Coordinator Assistant: Kana Fukuda
Produced by Kyoto Experiment
In co-operation with Hieizan Jidosha Co., Ltd., L’Hotel de Hiei,
TOYS SQUARE, TOP GEAR, Vi Tech, Kuriharapedal (NEW MANUKE, neconemuru), Takafumi Toriimoto
Produced by Kyoto Experiment
Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council, Arts Support Kansai
Presented by Kyoto Experiment