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Otomo Yoshihide
"ENSEMBLES 2010:Resonance"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - Sunday, January 16, 2011
Closed on Mondays (except public holiday January 10), New Year Holidays from December 27 to January 3 and January 11, 2011

"ENSEMBLES2010: Resonance" is a series of sound-related programs organized based on the notion of "ensembles" coined by musician Otomo Yoshihide. A large-scale exhibition by Otomo and his collaborators at the Art Tower Mito will be accompanied by various projects including a parade on the street and projects by a local resident which will take place at different spaces in and around the art center throughout the duration of the main exhibition.

"ENSEMLBES" - Otomo's on-going collaboration project whose first volume in Yamaguchi 2008 received a wide acclaim from the Japan's art scene - this year in Mito is expanded into a project that involves not only artists from various genres but also voluntary participants from the general public.

The leitmotif of "ENSEMBLES 2010" is "resonance." Enriched by unique ideas and vibrant energies of a wide range of those involved varying from an architect, artist, engineer and voluntary participant, Otomo's "ENSEMBLES 2010" is far from the pre-existing category of music ensemble. It leaves aside the genre-difference of music and visual arts, and is embodied as a form of a procession, installation, provocative concert, workshop, independent online music label and radio program. Also project and event proposals were called for from the general public. Four projects are currently under way to be realized at various local spaces during the period of the main exhibition.

Whether professionals or non-professionals, "ENSEMBLES 2010: Resonance" encourages improvised and intuitive collaboration among the participants, evoking in the process of working together the phenomena of "resonance" between and within the involved-individuals. The visitor is to witness the different kinds and forms of "resonance" from the exhibition and its accompanying programs, or even further is welcome to get involved in the project.

*About "Ensembles"
It is an on-going music project by Otomo Yoshihide, explored through collaboration between a visual artist, musician, engineer, curator, project staff and participant from the general public. Otomo seeks for multi-layered and composite music through co-operation with, and reactions or interference from various individuals. It has formed a special kind of concert and exhibition in a gallery, live house, abandoned school and sometimes on the street. ARTISTS Otomo Yoshihide (musician), Kikuchi Hirosihi (architect), Horio Kanta (exhibition/performance/electronic devices), Aoyama Yasutomo (artist), Nakazaki Tohru (artist), Yaguchi Katsunobu (artist), Gotou Hidekado (artist), Mohri Yuko (artist), Kondo Yoshiaki (sound engineer), Takada Masayoshi (lighting designer)


Photo: Otani Kenji
"Ensembles Parade" 2009

Otomo Yoshihide
"ENSEMBLES 2010: Resonance"

-Main Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Dates: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - Sunday, January 16, 2011
- Closed on Mondays (except public holiday January 10), New Year Holidays from December 27 to January 3 and January 11, 2011
- Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (no entry allowed after 5:30 p.m.)
- Admission: ¥800 General, ¥600 Advance purchase/Groups of more than 20 people - Free Children through junior high school (9th grade), Seniors 65 and older, People with certified disabilities (along with one attendant each)

One-year passes: ¥1,000 High Teen Pass "H.T.P." for youth aged 15-19, ¥2,500 Adult Pass for people aged 20-64

Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation, MeToo Promotion Studio
Grants from: Fukutake Foundation for the Promotion of Regional Culture, Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Special Support from: Mito Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Support from: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], FOSTER ELECTRIC CO., LTD. FOSTEX COMPANY, YAMAHA CORPORATION, MUSIC SHOP KAWAMATA, GOK SOUND, Asahi Breweries,Ltd., Re-Tem Corporation
Curated by: Yuu Takehisa


Otomo Yoshihide
Born in 1959. Guitarist/turntable player/composer/producer. He leads various music bands such as ONJO, INVISIBLE SONGS, Yuheisha and FEN, and also participates in the bands led by other musicians such as Filament, JoyHeights, I.S.O. He works as an independent musician on a wide range of music varying from loud music that employs noise and feedback, to "onkyo", jazz and lyrics. He also produces sound tracks for films and television dramas and advertisements. He performs extensively worldwide. Recent years he has being exploring music in a form of an installation and a special kind of concert, based on his key idea of "ensembles," by working along with people from different genres. He is also engaged in workshop with handicapped persons. The publications include "MUSICS," Iwanami Shoten; "Jamjam diaries by Otomo Yoshihide," Kawade Shobo Shinsya; and "ENSEMBLES," Getsuyosha.

"Otomo Yoahihide ENSEMBLES"
Installation view at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], 2008

*Images for reference
Photo: Ryuichi Maruo (YCAM)
Courtesy by Yamaguchi Center
for Arts and Media [YCAM]



Opening special event "Ensembles Fes"
Date: Sunday, November 28, 12:00 -18:00
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito etc.
Performers: Otomo Yoshihide, Yamamoto Seiichi, Kahimi Karie, Tenniscoats, Nanao Tavito, Umeda Tetsuya, Yamamoto Tatsuhisa etc.
Tickets: advance ¥2,800, available on the first-come, first-served basis from Thursday, October 28; on the day ¥3,300
*Children (twelve and under): free
*Students (junior high and high school): advance ¥1,400, on the day ¥1,650 (Please present a student ID card on the purchase.)

Two Special Concerts "Oto-asobi-no-kai" & "Double Orchestra"
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011, 19:00 *Doors open at 18:30.
Venue: Concert Hall ATM, Art Tower Mito
Tickets: advance ¥2,000, available on the first-come, first-served from Tuesday, November 30; on the day ¥2500
Support from: Taisei Girls' High School

"ENSEMBLES 2010 - Closing Live"
Date: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 19:00 *Doors open at 18:30.
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Performers: Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Ishikawa Ko, Yoshida Ami, Horio Kanta
Tickets: advance ¥1,500, available on the first-come, first-served basis from Tuesday, November 30; on the day ¥2,000

For tickets:
- Purchase at the ATM Entrance Hall Ticket Counter (9:30-18:00, closed on Mondays)
- Call ATM Ticket Reservation Center at 029-231-8000 (9:30-18:00, closed on Mondays)
*Please note that neither reimbursement nor change of a ticket is accepted except for the case of the cancellation of the event.


Kick-of event "ENSEMBLES Parade"
Date: Saturday, October 30, 14:00-16:00 *postponed till the next day in case of rain.
Venue: City central of Mito to the Plaza of the Art Tower Mito
Performers: JOE-BANJO JUG BAND, Piacere, Harmelns, Brass band of Katsuta the 2nd Junior High School, and more

"Town with Sounds"
Proposals of a project based on the idea of "ensembles" to be held somewhere in the city central were called for. Four projects have been selected and will take place during the period of the main exhibition.

Resonance Projects
Some projects have been emerged from a conversation between Otomo and locals.

- Radio program by IBS Ibaraki Broadcast System "Otomo Yoshihide Radio Ensembles"
A talk-show by Otomo with a guest from the local community.
Dates: Sunday, October 10, 2010 - Sunday, January 2, 2011 22:15 – 22:30 (every Sunday)
Frequency: AM 1197 kHz (Mito), AM 1458 kHz (Tsuchiura and West Ibaraki)

-Mito Kiwamari-sou presents the related exhibitions:
PLAYROOM (Nakazaki Tohru + Mizuki Endo): an exhibition by Otomo Yoshihide
spam: a solo exhibition by Ensembles 2010 participating-artist, Gotou Hidekado
Space AFA: an exhibition by Otomo Yoshihide *This work can be viewed only until 18:00.
Dates: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from November 27, 2010 to January 16, 2011,
12:00-19:00 *except November 28 and New Year Holidays from December 23 to January 7
Venue: Mito Kiwamari-sou (5-16 Kitami-cho, Mito)
Organized and planned by Mito Kiwamari-sou


"Let's play with sounds"
"Oto-asobi-no-kai", which was an initial inspiration for Otomo to conceive the idea of "ENSEMBLES," is a Kobe-based group of musicians and mentally-handicapped persons formed in 2005 who conduct a workshop of improvised music performances. Along with Numata Rii from "Oto-asobi-no-kai," Otomo will conduct a workshop of free music session for those with and without handicaps.
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2010, 13:00 - 16:00
Venue: Taisei Girls' High School
Lecturer: Otomo Yoshihide, Numata Rii
Support from: Taisei Girls' High School

"Double Orchestra"
"Double Orchestra" is a specific kind of concert where two orchestras simultaneously make improvised music performances on one single stage, conducted by two respective conductors.
Competition between the conductors, and confused exchanges between a conductor and performer collapses the chain of command employed in a usual orchestra, making instead music of resonance and interference. Performers for the "Double Orchestra" are called for from the general public. A rehearsal will be held as a workshop in the prior to the performance on the day.
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011, 14:00-21:30 (including the concert)
Venue: Concert Hall ATM, Art Tower Mito

For application: Call at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito at 029-227-8120.


Weekend Gallery Talk
CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery guides will guide you through the exhibition.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays between December 11, 2010 and January 16, 2011
Starts at 14:30 *approx. 40min. (except December 18, January 9 and 16, New Year Holidays)
Fee: included in the admission fee to the exhibition
Meet the gallery guides at the gallery entrance.

Gallery Tour for Parents with Babies
A member of the staff will give a gallery tour with special care to those with small children.
This tour is made particularly for pre-school children and their parent(s).
Date: Friday, December 10, 9:30 - / 11:00 -
Capacity: 5 groups per session (first-come, first-served)
Fee: included in the exhibition admission
For reservations, call Contemporary Art Center at 029-227-8120

OTHER PROJECTS during the exhibition period
CRITERIUM 80 Minami Takao
Dates: Tuesday, November 30 - Sunday, January 16, 2011
Venue: Gallery 9, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Grants from: Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
Support from: Asahi Breweries,Ltd.
Curated by: Mizuki Takahashi (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, ATM)
Fee: included in the admission to the exhibition

Hibino Katsuhiko "Asatte Asagao Mito 2010 Harvest Festival"
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:0016:00
Venue: Upstairs of the corridor, Art Tower Mito
Meet the artist upstairs of the ATM corridor
Organized by: Assate Asagao Project Mito, Mito Arts Foundation, NPO Tantan
Supports from: Mito Agricultural High School, MITO Junior Chamber Inc., Mito Keisei


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