Even more reasons to be in New Plymouth over the next few weeks. Busy times. I'm
recommending a full week off work to catch this and the SCANZ/ADA symposium the following
We're still waiting for a late confirmation but Lawrence English/Greg Davis/Jeph
Jerman may be in NP on Monday 10th too - more info on them very shortly.
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8 july - 9 july
A WEEKEND FESTIVAL OF SOUND EVENTS EXPLORING THE ROLE OF THE BODY
IN CREATING AND RECEIVING SOUND. CURATED BY ANDREW CLIFFORD IN
RESPONSE TO THE TOURING EXHIBITION WHAT SOUND DOES A COLOR MAKE?
CURRENTLY SHOWING AT THE GOVETT-BREWSTER ART GALLERY.
SATURDAY 8 JULY, 1PM
PERFORMANCE: PHIL DADSON
SATURDAY 8 JULY, 3-5PM
WINTER FORUM: JOHN COUSINS, RAEWYN TURNER, RICHARD NUNNS,
SATURDAY 8 JULY, 7-10PM
PERFORMANCE: FUYUKI YAMAKAWA (PROGRAMMING BY SATORU TAKANO),
RICHARD NUNNS AND JEFF HENDERSON, ELECTRIC BIORAMA SPECTACULAR
SUNDAY 9 JULY, NOON
PERFORMANCE: SEAN KERR: MUSIC 4 100 COMPUTERS
AUCKLAND, THURSDAY 6 JULY 6.00PM
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE EASY LISTENING PROGRAMME, SOUND/BODIES
ARTISTS FUYUKI YAMAKAWA AND SEAN KERR PRESENT A TALK AT THE
AUCKLAND ART GALLERY AUDITORIUM.
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery presents Sound/Bodies, a weekend festival of events on 8
& 9 July. Curated by Andrew Clifford Sound/Bodies explores the role of the body in
association with the touring exhibition What sound does a color make?, currently on show
at the Govett-Brewster.
Curator, Andrew Clifford says: "Sound/Bodies examines the role of the body in
creating and receiving sound, and especially the kinaesthetic implications of synaesthetic
experience and this festival brings together national and international artists who
explore this phenomena in a series of workshops and performances through out the
The festival includes performances by Japanese artist, Fuyuki Yamakawa, renowned New
Zealand intermedia sound artist Phil Dadson, Electric Biorama Spectacular, media artist
Sean Kerr and other artists working with sound including Jeff Henderson (NZ) and Richard
Nunns (NZ). Artists Raewyn Turner (NZ) and John Cousins (NZ) will take part in the winter
forum during the weekend.
Sound artist Fuyuki Yamakawa will be travelling from Japan to take part in Sound/Bodies. A
creator of sound installations and improvised musical happenings, Yamakawa picks up and
amplifies the sound of his heartbeat with an electronic stethoscope. Using a light system
developed with programmer Satoru Takano, he triggers a series of light bulbs that
oscillate simultaneously with his heartbeat. In turn, his heart rate beats to the rhythm
of his 'Khoomei', a form of popular Mongolian singing in which Yamakawa excels.
Through his vocalisation, he controls his heartbeat's speed and velocity.
Yamakawa says: "My heartbeat is output as sound and light pulses, perceptually
stimulating the eyes, ears, and skin of my audiences, eventually the venue transforms into
an extended part of my body and sometimes it stops my heart for seconds."
Fuyuki Yamakawa & Sean Kerr will present a talk at the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
on Thursday 6 July 6.00pm in association with the Easy Listening programme, Sound/Bodies
and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Notes to Editor:
Fuyuki Yamakawa - In 2001 Yamakawa won the Grand Prix and Audience Award at the 1st
Khoomei Festival in Japan and started his professional career as a voice performer. In
2003, he was invited to the 4th International Khoomei Festival, which was held in the
Republic of Tuva. He won the Avant-garde Award in the contest and became known as an
Avant-garde Khoomei singer. In the same year, he participated in the 2nd Khoomei festival
in Japan and succeeded in defending his championship title. In 2004 he performed in the
Fuji rock festival and sonarsound tokyo 2004. Khoomei is a technique where the drone is
in the middle-range of the voice, with harmonics between one and two octaves above.
Singing in this style gives one the impression of wind swirling among rocks.
For details about the other artists taking part in Sound/Bodies go to
Now showing at the Gallery is What sound does a color make? from 20 May - 23 July Old
brain new media: Len Lye from 13 May - 9 July; and Leonie Smith's project .version 1 .
from 15 June - 9 July.