Western Front Exhibitions is pleased to present a new large-scale installation by renowned Tokyo-based visual artist, performer, and musician Ujino Muneteru in conjunction with SWARM. Muneteru’s practice combines interests in DJ and club culture with musical improvisation and performance, and is described as being “concerned with adaptations of language–musical, written and spoken, and the common connection established through a lost in translation experience of dance culture.” For Muneteru’s first solo exhibition in North America, a range of common domestic objects including blenders, pots and pans, hair dryers, electric drills, turntables, and vinyl records will be transformed into The Rotators, a unique set of makeshift hybrid instruments controlled by the artist from customized turntables and switch panels to create improvised beats and sounds.
In additional events, Western Front Exhibitions in collaboration with Western Front New Music and New Forms Festival, will co-present a one-time performance by Muneteru on September 6 at 8pm (Tickets $12/$10), an instrument building workshop on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00pm (Sorry, The Workshop is FULL), and an artist talk on Saturday, September 8 at 2:30pm at Emily Carr Institute (Free).
Muneteru’s work has been featured in exhibitions and festivals around the world including: Super Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan; ZKM, Kalsruhe, Germany; Artspace, Sydney, Australia; Galleria d’Art Moderna, Bologna, Italy; Barbican Gallery, London, UK; and at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Ujino has toured extensively with his Tokyo-based glam rock band Gorgerous and has performed at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria; Sound Madness at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Canada; and the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Melbourne, Australia. His project The Rotators was recently featured in the Sydney Biennale, 2006.
Instrument Building Workshop:
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 7:00pm. Free, registration required, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-876-9343
Sorry, the workshop is FULL.
Thursday, September 6, 2007 8:00pm. $12/$10 students and WF members.