Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda

Photo by Maki Kaoru

Though they differ in generation and performance practice, Aki Onda (b. 1967) and Akio Suzuki (b. 1941) share an astonishingly inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound as a spatial phenomenon. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Onda and Suzuki perform by utilizing unconventional and self-made instruments including analog cassette Walkmans and radios, found pieces of wood, nails, hammers, buckets, marbles, and glass jars, allowing the individual architecture and acoustics of various sites to guide the flow and development of performance.


2020    gi n ga, Hasana Editions, Indonesia
2018    ki i te ki, Room 40, Australia
2014    ma ta ta bi, ORAL Records, Canada


2018    Sound as a Space, Western Front Echoic Chamber
2014    Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda in Conversation, liner notes for ma ta ta bi


2020    Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts
             / The SUBSTATION, Melbourne, Australia  
            Mona Foma, Tasmania, Australia
            Audio Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand
2019    Angelica Festival, Bologna, Italy
            Flutter Echo Festival (with David Toop), London, UK
            STUK (with Rie Nakajima), Leuven, Belgium
            iii, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2018    Vacant, Tokyo, Japan
2017    documenta 14, Athens, Greece
            Pioneer Works / Blank Forms (duo and trio with Annea Lockwood), New York, USA 
            Marfa Live Arts, Marfa, USA
            Baldwin Hills ScenicOverlook / SASSAS, Culver City, USA
            Good Shepherd Center Chapel, Seattle, USA
            Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
2016    Weld (with Mats Lindström), Stockholm, Sweden
            Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
            mikromusik (with Yan Jun) at Villa und Kirche St. Elisabeth, Berlin, Germany
2015    Emily Harvey Foundation / ISSUE Project Room, New York, USA
            Nameless Sound, Houston, USA
            The Hill of James Magee, Cornudas, USA
            The LAB, San Francisco, USA
            Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (with David Toop), Strasbourg, France
2014    Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan
            bonn hoeren, Bonn, Germany
            Flanders Festival Kortrijk, Kortrijk, Belgium
            Counterflows Festival / Glasgow International Festival, Glasgow, UK
            Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium
            La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain 
            BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art / AV Festival, Newcastle, UK
            School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong (witn David Toop), Hong Kong
2013    E/Static, Torino, Italy
            O', Milan, Italy
            Tuned City, Brussels, Belgium
            LISTE Art Fair Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2005    Osaka Harbour Red Brick Warehouse, Osaka, Japan  

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documenta 14, Athens, 2017  Photos by Theo Vranas

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (organized by SASSAS), Los Angeles, 2017
Photo by Wild Don Lewis