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The First Wave of Artists making a splash!

It’s set! On December 11–15, 2019, local and international performers will cascade through Shibuya. The unravelling of artists presenting this year gently introduces the wide breadth of digital arts lying beneath the surface. The fourth edition of the festival premieres Asian and Japanese artists, as well as final performances by world-renowned pioneers. The natural progression is to cultivate these connections as it opens up space for emerging concepts and unique audio-visual performances. Here’s the first selection of forward-thinking artists maintaining a steady flow of creativity and modern innovation:

 

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INTRODUCING THE FIRST FIFTEEN 

Daito Manabe returns to MUTEK.JP, but will be accompanied this time by the Kamitani Lab of Kyoto University to perform “dissonant imaginary”. An insightful audio-visual piece created based on findings to illustrate how sound shapes the images formed in the brain. Alongside Dr. Yukiyasu Kamitani, Manabe developed a tool to tap into his own nervous system and study brain activity using an MRI scanner.

Meanwhile, at the forefront of intercultural projects sits Tim Hecker & the Konoyo Ensemble. The Canadian composer interweaves ambient drones and noise while the traditional ensemble of the imperial court plays Gagaku engulfs minds into the Japanese soundscape. Don’t miss the worldwide finale of the founder of Hyperdub Records label Kode9 and anime cult legend Koji Morimoto. Morimoto is the anime director and animator for works such as Akira, Magnetic Rose and Dimension Bomb. 

Last month, “subassemblies” by Ryoichi Kurokawa made a successful debut at MUTEK Montreal. Kurokawa will deliver an audiovisual concert in Tokyo for the first time after 7 years. The latest project of Kurokawa is a sensorial immersion of the social complexities laying in built urban environments. Experience the array of sound and light composition for this piece at the LINE CUBE (Shibuya Koukaido).

Using kinetic energy, Japanese multidisciplinary dancer Hiroaki Umeda transmits all corporeal impulses in a digital playground.

Further pushing the A/V boundaries at the festival are Quebecois Line Katcho as well as the collective trio Falaises, meaning “cliffs” in English, and Push 1 Stop channels back to the festival with “Membrane”, a live algorithmic performance, alongside the sonically versed Wiklow.

LADA comprises of the boundless Dasha Rush and Berliner Lars Hemmerling. The live techno duo layers thoughtfully to enrapture with experimental undertones and dark industrial reverberations that’ll drive you straight to the dancefloor. Find LADA at Liquidroom.

Keep an eye on rising Japanese performers like mixed-media painter, Akiko Nakayama and groundbreaking producers Sakura Tsuruta and Yosi Horikawa. Plus, follow the buzz in computer programming with Norimichi Hirakawa and an exclusive collaboration of great longstanding video game music composers Yuzo Koshiro & Motohiro Kawashima.

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