Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki has created a set of new works for his solo exhibition at Brooklyn’s Southfirst Gallery.
Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki has created a set of new works for his solo exhibition at Brooklyn’s Southfirst Gallery. Curated by Aki Onda, and co-organised by Maika Pollack and Audio Visual Arts (AVA), the exhibition is called pa chin ko, referencing the 75 year old Suzuki's site-specific installation involving an interactive overflowing room-size version of the pachinko machine seen and heard in game arcades across Japan. Suzuki's installation features four interactive sculptural walls and a procession of metal balls dropping onto a series of nails. A live performance of the sound works will be performed by Suzuki at the opening event on 23 March. Justin Luke of AVA explains, “Suzuki grew up near Nagoya, Japan, where pachinko, a traditional Japanese arcade game, was created. Stumbling into a pachinko parlour one afternoon as an adult, Suzuki encountered strange parallels to his practice as a musician. The idea of dropping a series of metal balls into a randomised field of materials and following their chaotic decent is a playful return to a legendary piece Suzuki created in 1963. In this work Suzuki threw a bucket of junk down a flight of stairs at the Nagoya train station. The goal was to observe and listen to the rhythm of the stairs.”
As well as the exhibition, Suzuki will be presenting a series of performances called Conceptual Soundwork: 1978–1986 at Issue Project Room on 18 March.
pa chin ko runs from 23 March–8 May at Brooklyn’s Southfirst Gallery.