photo: KIOKU Keizo
When you trace the streets on the base map with the pen tablet provided, you will hear the sounds of each city in the headset you are wearing. These are the sounds you would actually hear in those places on the map. As you move the pen along the street, the sound changes as if you were walking down the street. By tracing both of the base maps on display, you will discover the differences in the sounds of different places.
And this difference suggests that recording a place in the form of sound helps us to remember the place with a sensation that is different from the sensation that imagery provokes. The sounds you hear from these base maps were recorded by the artist as he walked around the cities. One map shows the Hatsudai area where the ICC is located. The other map is of an area that will be changed several times during the exhibition period. By comparing the sounds of different streets and cities, you can reflect on our living environment, in which we are surrounded by various sounds, and the differences.
NAKAI Iori has produced works that use sound to reminds us of another aspect of an event, not by seeing but by listening. His works, which have been created by recording the sounds of a place or of an individual in a day, or by accumulating sounds at a specific place over time, provide us new perspectives on issues such as the characteristics of a place or living hours that differ between individuals.
Soundscape is based on the concept of grasping an environment by the sounds that characterize the place, as opposed to a landscape that grasps the environment through visual perception. The information provided by sound is different from the information we obtain through seeing. Works that grasp events through sound, or change our perception through sound manipulation, are called "Sound Art."