Practice of Spiral
A torrent of sound and light fills a theater: Narratives of memory woven by a sequence of images
Tsuyoshi Hisakado’s installations intricately construct lyrical scenes through sound, sculpture, light, and shadow, directly intervening into the physical sensations of the viewer. The spaces he makes have received acclaim for their highly theatrical nature, while his interest in the performing arts has gradually grown, resulting not least in his stage and sound design for chelfitsch’s Time’s Journey Through a Room, which premiered at Kyoto Experiment in 2016.
Now Hisakado creates his first theater work in the South Hall of ROHM Theatre Kyoto, a space on a scale unprecedented for the artist. Hisakado’s field recordings collected arbitrarily on visits to Iceland, Indonesia, and Thailand, or during his everyday life in Kyoto, layer up in the space like sculptures with symbolic fragments of objects, producing a metaphorical oscillation between opposing concepts of strong and weak, front and back, truth and falsity. It reveals the power structures and norms in society, the balance of nature and artifice, the maternal and paternal, and the mindset that attempts to preserve a state of equilibrium between all of these. When the subtle and refined soundscape transforms the space, or when the rushing, violent flashes of light and roars of sound envelop the entire body, the critical explorations of the artist and personal memories of the audience intersect.
- South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- KYOTO, JAPAN
Born in 1981 in Kyoto, where he remains based, Tsuyoshi Hisakado’s practice as an artist involves collecting samples of various phenomena and histories, and then employing elements of sound, light, and sculptural objects in order to create theatrical spaces that reunite individual memories and narratives. Major exhibitions in recent years include the solo exhibition “MoCA Pavilion Special Project Tsuyoshi Hisakado” (Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, 2016), Aichi Triennale 2016, and “MAM Project 025: Apichatpong Weerasethakul + Tsuyoshi Hisakado” (Mori Art Museum, 2018). His collaboration with Apichatpong Weerasethakul is currently on display at the 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live in Interesting Times. Hisakado’s first large-scale solo exhibition in Japan will be held at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in March 2020. In 2016, he created the stage design for chelfitsch’s Time’s Journey Through a Room, which was performed worldwide. Major awards in recent years include the Nissan Art Award 2015 Audience Award, Recipient of Kyoto City Special Bounty Program for Art and Culture 2015-2016, VOCA Award at VOCA 2016, and Mercedes-Benz Art Scope 2018–2020.
|Direction, Scenography and Sound||Tsuyoshi Hisakado|
|Lighting||Kosuke Ashidano (RYU)|
|Stage Manager||Nobuaki Oshika|
|Technical cooperation||Taisuke Toda, Keitaro Masaoka|
|Special cooperation||Izuru Kinoshita|
|In co-operation with||Mizuho Fujita (Kyoto City University of Arts ART GALLERY @KCUA)|
|Assistant||Shunsuke Inoue, Hijiri Saito, Kaori Yamane|
|Flyer design||Kenta Shibano|
|Production Manager||Tomoya Takeda (ROHM Theatre Kyoto), Kanako Yamasaki|
|Produced by||Tsuyoshi Hisakado|
|Co-produced by||Kyoto Experiment|
|Kyoto Art Center Artists-in-Studios program Supported by||The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|