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SA on Artists' Viewpoints and Aesthetics
Kukan Archive is a London-based art unit composed of the architect NAKATANI Masahiro, Harvinder GABHARI, and the sound artist, Max EASTLEY. Unrestrained by the consumer structure of capitalist society, the group pursues and develops artistic activities that transcend modern forms and art genres. This article,explaining their work for SA, also includes their own unique graphic design. Whale Song, one of the projects mentioned below, was to have been held at Xebec this summer, but was forced to be canceled as a result of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. |
* Accidents of Science|
The idea of sound as an object , detached from where it was made, is a by-product of the science of recording. In past times sound was perceived as a happening somewhere, of a place and time: a forest, beside a fire , in a cave, a stone amphitheatre, a cathedral.--- We seek to explore and relocate sound back into a place in our environment in the way that SATIE and CAGE created music that showed signs of life, changing and mutating with its surroundings. Recorded music has become part of the apparatus of detachment. By using the concept of Ongaku we seek to form , redefine and focus our perception of space and 'volume.'
* Ongaku in Kukan -- Architecture of Space|
Sound is a moment in time.
A recorded moment becomes a place in time.
Through sound we can evoke memory or create a new landscape.
Our senses perceive space and time through many media, through the use of sound and light it is possible to evoke a sense of space and volume, this is our fascination.
Our view of Architecture is evolving, it is not just the envelope of a building -- but the ambience of a moment.
Through these concepts and our projects : the idea that Architecture ( the sensation of space, time and volume) can be conveyed through sound creates the link between sound and space. The sound carries the memory of space with it.
From this we find a unique form of Architecture, one which explores ambient / subliminal space.
It is human nature to cross boundaries. To explore and experiment - all of these we direct to achieve a greater understanding of ourselves. To create, first is to mimic and then to go beyond natural creation is often an attempt to surpass or understand our own sense of being. In our collaborative work we are attempting to explore further what was Architecture and its future in a society dominated by multi media and sensory stimulus.
Image: Harvinder GABHARI
European Electro-Acoustic Music and The Use of Electronics as Anti-Modernism
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