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Visual concert

Merzbow, Balázs Pándi & Richard Pinhas with
Lieko Shiga


A person continued to walk, not knowing how to stop
What is it that oppresses us?

Stretching across a stage, a giant screen shows a person endlessly walking down a concrete road. Then, suddenly, a sound. This is a series of new video works by photographer Lieko Shiga, whose work delves into the relationship between human society and nature and considers life by imagining death. After the Tohoku earthquake, she pursued the truth behind the madness of the human spirit, which continues to be oppressed due to the “reconstruction plan” advanced by big capital and the state. The works develop the concept behind her work Human Spring, which she presented and exhibited in 2019, with newly added footage.

This visual concert marks the first collaboration between Shiga and her video works; Merzbow, a noise project by Masami Akita; Balázs Pándi, a drummer who worked with Akita on the album Cuts; and Richard Pinhas, who pioneered experimental rock in France from the 1970s onward, and continues to work as an artist and guitarist to this day.

The layered, improvised sounds created by the three musicians blend with Shiga’s new videos, which are edited live. Headphones and a smartphone could never replicate the experience of hearing this music resonate in the large theater and seeing these images projected on the vast screen. Immerse yourself in an event that surpasses your bodily scale. It may just lead you onto a new or different path.

10.8 (Sat) 19:00 
10.9 (Sun) 19:00 ♡

Doors open 30 min prior to the performance.

♡ Childcare Service

Duration: 60 min (TBC)

Age limit and other information:
No admission for elementary school students and under. Please note this performance contains loud sound.



Photo by Jien Akita

Merzbow is a Vegan Straight Edge Noise Project by Masami Akita. Part of the industrial noise scene in the early 1980s, he mainly started releasing music on overseas labels. In the 1990s, influenced by Grindcore, he released an album of the Death Metal label Relapse. In the 2000s, resonating with label mego's "punk computer music" he was the first in Japan to adopt a method of playing live using a laptop. In recent years, he has been working mainly with analog equipment. Since around 2003, he has practiced veganism from an animal rights standpoint. He has created works on the themes of anti whale and dolphin fishing, anti fur and the liberation of livestock animals. In recent years he has collaborated with artists such as Mats Gustafsson, Thurston Moore, BORIS, Keiji Haino, Nyantra, Lawrence English, Xiu Xiu, GEZAN, Alessandro Cortini. Merzbow’s new work Hope will be released from a Ukrainian label in support of the Ukraine.

Balázs Pándi


Balázs Pándi

Balázs Pándi is a drummer based in Hungary. Experienced in anything between the genres of dub, breakcore, free improvisation, noise, grindcore and jazz, he has worked and toured with various artists from around the world including Venetian Snares, Otto von Schirach and The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. Since 2009 he has frequently played drums live with Merzbow and they have also released three live records with artists such as Mats Gustafsson, Keiji Haino and Thurston Moore. Since 2013, he also works as a journalist at Hungarian news site Telex.

Richard Pinhas


Richard Pinhas
Photo by Richard Dumas

Musician, guitarist and writer. Pinhas studied philosophy under the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Jean-François Lyotard, and has been active as a musician, guitarist and writer since the 1970s. He founded the band Schizo, which later became Heldon, one of France's leading Avant Rock groups, and is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians as well as being a pivotal figure in the development of electronic rock. While influenced by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, he has a very original musical style. In addition to his activities as a soloist and in bands, he is also active beyond the genre of music and writes books on philosophy.

Lieko Shiga


Lieko Shiga

Photographer. Born in 1980 in Aichi, Japan, Shiga lives and works in Miyagi, Japan since 2008. She graduated from London College of the Arts Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2004. In her work she continues to pursue the relationship between society and nature, to think about life through imagining death, and after the Great East Japan Earthquake, to purse the inner reality of the madness of the human mind and body that she feels continues to be suppressed by the earthquake reconstruction plan promoted by the national government and big corporations. Recently she has been holding regular open studios at Studio Parlor, a creation space in Miyagi Prefecture, as well as workshops and talks in collaboration with the members of the art collective PUMPQUAKES. Major group exhibitions include Off the Wall (The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 2021), Tsumazuki no Niwa (Kyu Kankeimaru Shoten, Ishinomaki, 2022). Major solo exhibitions include Human Spring (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2019). In 2021 she received the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA) 2021–2023.

Performers: Merzbow, Balázs Pándi and Richard Pinhas
Video Creation and Live Editing: Lieko Shiga
Video Shooting and Editing Technincal Support: Takahiro Sato
Camera Assistant: Motoki Ohkubo, Yusuke Kurihara, Dai Chiba, Yoshitomo Nagasaki, Misato Fukuda
Stage Manager: Kazushi Ota (KPAC)
Sound: Bunsho Nishikawa, Hokuto Fukami and Madoka Kirihara
Lighting: Masayoshi Takada (RYU)
Technical Support: Ryo Morita
Production Manager: Takanori Goto, Miho Kawahara (KPAC)
Performers (Video): Maki Arimura, Tomonori Iwama, Soutaro Kikuchi, Natsumi Kudo, Yusuke Kurihara, Harumichi Saito, Manabu Takahashi, Yuki Nakamura, Manami Moriyama
Co-Produced by Kyoto Experiment, Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of the Arts and The Japan Foundation
Co-Organized by The Japan Foundation
Organized by Kyoto Experiment and Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of the Arts