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OTOMO Yoshihide: Between Music and Art

November 22, 2014–February 22, 2015

OTOMO Yoshihide: Between Music and Art


OTOMO Yoshihide is active as a musician in a broad range of musical fields from improvised to popular, and works on soundtracks for cinema and TV among many other things. At the same time, he has so far created and exhibited installation pieces and numerous other works in the realm of art, which have been featured in various exhibitions at museums and galleries.

This exhibition couples “quartets,” a commissioned work made in 2008 at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], with a new sound installation created for this exhibition, titled “guitar solos 1.”

The general theme is “between music and art.” Music and art as two different types of artistic expression have up to this point developed individually in both institutional and methodical terms, so we can say that they have been operating within totally different systems regarding production techniques and markets. Differences between both exist in several respects, such as the relationship between creator and audience, methods of distributing and presenting works, etc.

Against this backdrop, various creative activities characterized by mutual intervention between music and art have emerged since the 1960s. The results of such endeavors have been referred to as “intermedia,” “performance” or “sound art,” which later, with the development of environments enabling the utilization of various media, led to the establishment of “media art” and other forms of expression labeled as “interdisciplinary.” While expanding the traditional definitions and interpretations of artistic genres, such endeavors have at once blurred the boundaries that once existed between them. This is exactly what has made it possible for artists like OTOMO to create works that are situated right in the middle “between music and art.”

This exhibition focuses on the dissimilarities between the originally different disciplines of music and art, with the aim to define through several installations and various related events what exists “between” these two systems.

Date: November 22, 2014–February 22, 2015
Venue: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Gallery A
Hours: 11:00am–6:00pm (Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
*On February 21 and 22 Hours: 11:00am–7:00pm (Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a holiday, then Tuesday), The year-end and New Year Holidays (December 29 to January 5), Maintenance day (February 8)
Admission Fee: Adults/ University students 500 (400)Yen, Admission free for High school students and younger

Organizer: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]
Cooperation: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], FOSTEX
Production Cooperation: Sachiko M


On “Between Music and Art”

On display are questionnaire responses from musicians, artists, critics, curators and other individuals working in the fields of music and art respectively, alongside essays related to “Between Music and Art”.

ABE Kazunao, Christophe CHARLES, Richard CHARTIER, dj sniff / MIZUTA Takuro, FUJIMOTO Yukio, FUJITA Yosuke, HACO, HASUNUMA Shuta, Holly HERNDON, HIRAKAWA Norimichi, HORIO Kanta, ITO Atsuhiro, MIHARA Soichiro, MOHRI Yuko, NAKAJIMA Rie, Carsten NICOLAI, David NOVAK, ONDA Aki, OZAKI Tetsuya, RYU Hankil, Sachiko M, SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, SASAKI Atsushi, SUZUKI Akio, David TOOP, TSUNODA Toshiya, UMEDA Tetsuya, WADA Ei, YABUMAE Tomoko, YAGI Lyota, YAMAKAWA Fuyuki, YAMAMOTO Seiichi, YASUNO Taro, YONAGO Tadashi, GOGOTA Hisanori


OTOMO Yoshihide

photo: SATO Rui

Guitarist / turntablist / composer / film score composer / producer

Born 1959 in Yokohama, spent his teenage years in Fukushima. Continues to engage on an international scale in the independent creation of various types of music, ranging from improvised and “noise” styles to pop music. Active also as a composer of film scores, he has so far written music for more than 70 movies in total.

In recent years he has been producing music and live concerts in unusual formats under the “Ensembles” moniker, focusing on collaborations with a variety of people as a core element, and is at once noted also for his activities outside the realm of music, including music workshops for handicapped children, and participatory projects such as the “Project Fukushima!” launched with individuals from different fields after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

In 2012, OTOMO received an Art Encouragement Prize in the Development of the Arts division for his efforts with the “Project Fukushima!” His diverse endeavors have won numerous awards, including a Special Award at the Tokyo Drama Awards 2013 for his music for the NHK serial morning drama “Amachan,” and a Best Composer Award at the 55th Japan Record Awards.

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