Shuta Hasunuma is something of a musical artist, now Hasunuma has an exhibition of audio and visual works taking place in Tokyo. The Shiseido Gallery is hosting the mixed media exhibition, titled “~ ing”. The show will be on view at the gallery until June 3, 2018.
Hasunuma is known for his engagement in a wide variety of music-related activities as a composer, producer, and collaborator in genres like film, theater and dance, as well as his Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra. As an artist focusing on visual expressions of sound and music and exploring the methods underlying “composition,” Hasunuma has earned great praise for his exhibitions and projects.
For Hasunuma this exhibition is like an act of finding points of connection in space between the auditory and the visual. Mixing both environmental sounds collected in the field and sounds he produced himself, he creates experimental pieces of music, then connects other participants in fluid, dynamic collaborations — conductors connected with musicians, performers with performers, players with audience members — to create music through a distinct collaborative approach. He then attempts to express this music in a visual form in the exhibition.
As per Hasunuma’s perspective, the modern era, with its many social issues is a period of major change, and he also feels that the relationships between human beings and non-human entities (e.g., nature, technology, etc.) are to be catechized. To that end, he starts by reviewing the past, which requires reaffirming both his own past 10 years of musical activity and the work of others who have influenced him along the way. His suggestion is that placing past and present works in comparative opposition engenders the possibilities of discovering new perspectives from the past as well as creating new perspectives for future works.
Hasunuma releases his own recordings and organizes and performs with the Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra both in Japan and abroad. He has collaborated in genres across the performing arts, including film, theater, dance, and musical production. He has started applying musical composition techniques to a variety of media to present video, sound, sculpture, and installation works in both solo exhibitions and projects. His most recent albums include “2 Tone” (2017), in collaboration with tabla player U-zhaan, and the theater piece “TIME,” recorded at the Kanagawa Arts Theater (KAAT). He has also contributed to the in-store background score at the SHISEIDO THE STORE, a comprehensive beauty shop which opened in January 2018 in a building across the street from the Shiseido Gallery.
The exhibition is on view through June 3, 2018 at Shiseido Gallery, 7-5-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan.
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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artist’s works.