AKI ONDA —
USA / JAPAN
Aki Onda is a composer, performer, visual artist, and curator.
Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his "Cassette Memories" — works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories.
Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers. His on-going projects include "Nervous Magic Lantern" with Ken Jacobs, improvisation trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, visual-sound installation/performance with Raha Raissnia, and site-specific happening with Akio Suzuki.
Onda has performed at The Kitchen, MoMA, P.S.1 MOMA, ISSUE Project Room (New York), Time-Based Art Festival (Portland), Images Festival (Toronto), ICA (London), Louvre Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Cartier (Paris), Argos, Bozar, Wiels (Brussels), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Nam June Paik Art Center (Seoul), Sound Live Tokyo (Tokyo) and many others.
Onda is also active as a curator. He is a director of TPAM (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) in Japan, and organized major performances and exhibitions throughout North America.
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