Ryuichi Sakamoto with Shiro Takatani – Installation Music 2 : IS YOUR TIME

– Mar 11 2018
NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo


Creating and exhibiting installation works at art exhibitions and festivals in recent years, SAKAMOTO Ryuichi is increasingly showcasing his work in settings quite different from the format of his usual musical presentations. Considering that, in addition to his musical endeavors, he actively engages also in projects with a focus on social issues, the scope of SAKAMOTO’s work at large has expanded toward general contemplation on aspects of music, society, nature, and primordial forms of life.

Released in 2017 as SAKAMOTO’s first original album in eight years, “async” marked for the artist not only a venture onto new territory, but the music itself was part of an unprecedented, new kind of listening experience. After its release on CD and vinyl record, “async” was presented in the format of “installation music” set up in an exhibition space, combining 5.1 channel audio and imagery created by three collaborating artists.

As the title of this exhibition suggests, it is the second installment in the “Installation Music” series following “Ryuichi Sakamoto | async” at WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art. “IS YOUR TIME,” the work on display this time, is a new installation created for this occasion by SAKAMOTO and TAKATANI Shiro, a member of the artist group Dumb Type and internationally operating solo artist. After encountering a piano in a high school in Natori (Miyagi Prefecture) that was devastated by the tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, SAKAMOTO sensed that the forces of nature have retransformed this representative modern musical instrument into a mere object, and from there attempts to retrieve the music by creating occasions for sensing music also in other ways than perceiving physical sounds.

Date: December 9, 2017–March 11, 2018
Venue: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Gallery A
Hours: 11:00am–6:00pm
* December 10: 11:00am–3:00pm
(Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a holiday, then Tuesday except February 13, 2018), Maintenance day (February 11), The year-end and New Year Holidays (December 28 to January 4), February 12, 2018
Admission Fee: Adults / University students 500 (400) Yen
* Rates shown in parentheses are for groups of more than 14 persons.
* Admission free: Disabled persons (proof-required) and their attendants / Persons 65 years and older / High school students and younger.

Organizer: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]

Cooperation: commmons, KAB Inc., Dumb Type Office Ltd.,
Shizuka Co., Ltd., Saidera Paradiso Ltd.,
Synthax Japan Inc., Strawberry Media Arts Co., Ltd.,
Yamaha Corporation, Yamaha Music Japan Co., Ltd.,
Rittor Music, Inc., an Impress Group company.