AKI ONDA —
Aki Onda is an artist, composer, performer, and curator.
His works are often catalyzed by and structured around memories—personal, collective, historical—such as his widely-known project, Cassette Memories (2004–ongoing), drawn from three decades of field recordings.
Crossing genres, he has been active internationally in art, film, music and performance. His artistic collaborators include Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Paul Clipson, Raha Raissnia, Ho Tzu Nyen, Loren Connors, Alan Licht, Annea Lockwood, David Toop and Akio Suzuki.
Onda has presented his work at The Kitchen, MoMA, MoMA P.S.1, New Museum, Blank Forms, ICA Philadelphia, REDCAT, Time-Based Art Festival, Walker Art Center, documenta 14, Louvre Museum, Pompidou Center, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Cartier, Argos, Bozar, ICA London, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Nam June Paik Art Center and many others.
Onda has been active as a curator and organized major performances and exhibitions throughout Asia and North America. He was a director of TPAM-Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (current YPAM) in Japan from 2016-19. He will work at Western Front in Vancouver for artistic programiming from 2023-24.
ABSTRACTION AND EMPIRICAL ILLUSTRATION
We live our lives made up of a great quantity of isolated instants. So as to be lost at the heart of a multitude of things. (From the Double Dream of Spring, 1970.)
- Gavrilo Princip’s last grocery list written
The time that alligator ate that fish
When the Yongzheng Emperor found that weird dust bunny under his throne
The great earthquake of Alexandria
- The invention of expectation in literature
When the heaviest cacao fruit fell in Takalik Abaj
- Animesh eats his first Fly Agaric mushroom