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SUZUKI Akio
Born in 1941 in Pyongyang. Since his infamous “Throwing Objects Down a Staircase” event at Nagoya Station in 1963 and the self-study events which followed, where he explored the processes of “projection” and “following” in the natural world, Suzuki has pursued listening as a practice. In the 1970s he created and began performing on a number of original instruments, including the echo instrument Analapos. In 1988 he performed his piece “Space in the Sun”, which involved purifying his ears for twenty-four hours in nature on the meridian line that runs through Amino, Kyoto. In 1996, he began his “o to da te” project where he seeks out echo points in the urban environment. Has performed and exhibited at many venues and music festivals around the world, including Documenta8 (Germany, 1987), the British Museum (2002), Musée Zadkine (France, 2004), Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany, 2018), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo(Tokyo, 2019), etc.

 

Awards, Exhibitions, Performance History from 1976 –

Solo Exhibitions

2019
Rolling Stone, Kunsthal 44Møen, Møen, Denmark
2018
na i za i, Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum of Art, Wakayama, Japan
Observatory of Sprits / ko da ma, Kunst Museum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Studies in Sonority and Space, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
Akinyan Diary, BLOCKHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan
2017
shi mi no fu, BLOCKHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan
2016
pa chin ko, Sounthfirst, New York, USA upcoming
2014
na ge ka ke, AV Festival, Newcastle, UK
2012
stone, Audio Visual Arts, New York, USA
2011
sound into color, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
2008
Ki-date, Ichinomiya City Memorial Art Museum of Setsuko Migishi, Ichinomiya, Japan
2007
Gelbe Musik, Berlin, Germany
Noiseless Akio Suzuki + Rolf Julius, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
2006
Economical Music, Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest, France
hana, e/static gallery, Turin, Italy
2005
Tayutai, Gallerie Stella A., Berlin, Germany
oto-date in Wakayama, The Museum of Modern Art: Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum: Tanabe City Museum of Art, Wakayama, Japa
2004
Résonances, Musee Zadkin, Paris, Farnce
2003
tsu ra na ri, Yokohama Port Side Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
ANALAPOSpHERE 2003, Osaka Arts-Aporia, Osaka, Japan
Fifteen, Festival Archipel, Geneva, Switzerland
Soundsphere, British Museum, London, UK
2002
na ge ka ke & ta do ri, Art Space Niji, Kyoto, Japan
ka mo me, Klanggelerie, SFB, Berlin, Germany
2000
Chance on Paper, Bamboo, Gelbe Musik, Berlin, Germany
Soundsphere, Singuhr, Parochialkirche, Berlin, Germany
1999–00
Tubridge, DAAD Galerie. Berlin, Germany
1999
Pyramid, Klang Kunst Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany
Pyramid, Soundculture 99, Auckland, New Zealand
1997
Art Space Niji, Kyoto, Japan
1995
Stadtgalerie Saarbrueken, Germany
1994
Stone, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Museet for Samitidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark
Quartett, Städtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen, Germany
1993
+ – 0, Xebec Hall, Kobe, Japan
1987
Space in the Sun: Progress to Date, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1976
Akio Suzuki’s World: Objects of sound & sound instruments, Minami Gallery, Tokyo

 

Group Exhibitions

2019
Pleased to meet you. New Acquisitions in recent years, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2018
Archives from “Space in the Sun”, Hijisai Festival, Mashiko, Japan
2017
Sapporo International Art Festival, Sapporo, Japan
Ursula Block’s gelbe MUSIK, OSMOS, New York, USA
2016
Gelbe Musik, Matthew Gallery, New York, USA
2015
Nami, Time Based Art Festival, Portland, USA
2014
Sound Station, Art Area B1, Osaka, Japan
The String and the Mirror, Lisa Cooley, New York, USA
Art or Sound, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy
Open Space 2014, ICC Inter Communication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
2013
Memories of a city, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Yokosuka, Japan
Open Space 2013, ICC Inter Communication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
2012
Sound Art. Sound as Medium of Art, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Air 3331, 3331 ARTS CYD, Tokyo, Japan
2010
Sound draw landscape / landscape draw sound, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Yokohama, Japan
Around Sound Art Festival, Hong Kong
2009
Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
Hundred Stories about Love, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,
Kanazawa, Japan
in a Landscape, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
2006
Public Art in Japan, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Maerz Musik Festival, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
GARDENS, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
2005
Playing John Cage Exhibition, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Commissioned Work of sound, Bricolage Art Now, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
2004
La Baiser du Vent, Les Arques, France
Self Portrait, Roskilde Museum, Roskilde, Denmark
Sound Mine Nagoya, Nagoya Citizens’ Gallery Yata, Nagoya, Japan
2003
METRONOMM, Barcelona, Spain
2002
Art Space Niji, Kyoto, Japan
2001
Visual Sound, Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, USA
1998
The 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, Enghien-les-Bains, France
Donaueschingen Festival, Donaueschingen, Austria
1996
Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
1995
MAKE UP, The 7th International Contemporary Music Forum of Kyoto, Japan
1994
Die Stillen, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
1993
Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Museet for Samitidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark
Skulpturemuseum, Marl, Germany
1989
Ressource Kunst, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Moments Sonores, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan
1989
L’ADAM FUTUR, Seibu Shibuya department store, Tokyo, Japan
1981
SOUND ON PAPER Music Notation in Japan, Japan House Gallery, New York, USA

 

Public Art Projects

2019
oto-date in MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2018
oto-date in Bonn, Festival bonn hoeren, Bonn, Germany
2017
oto-date, Sapporo International Art Festival, Sapporo, Japan
2015
oto-date in Wakayama, Wakayama, Japan
oto-date in Athene, Boderline festival, Athens, Greece
2014
oto-date in Amino, Around sound art festival, Kyotango, Japan
oto-date in Bonn, Festival bonn hoeren, Bonn, Germany
oto-date in Kortrijk, Flanders Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
oto-date in New Castle, AV Festival, New Castle, UK.
2013
oto-date in Aigi Tunnel, Kasugai, Japan
oto-date in Brussels, Tuned City, Brussels, Belgium
oto-date, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Yokosuka, Japan
2012
oto-date standing still with Antony Gormley, The Museum of Modern Art,
Hayama, Japan
oto-date in 3331, 3331 ARTS CYD, Tokyo, Japan
oto-date in Tajimi, Gifu, Japan
2011
oto-date in Kashiwa, Kashiwa, Japan
oto-date, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
2010
oto-date base in Azamino, Sound draw landscape / landscape draw sound, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Yokohama, Japan
oto-date in Hong Kong, Around sound art festival, Hong Kong
oto-date in Nakahama, Kyotango, Japan
2009
oto-date, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
oto-date in Shirakawa Park, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
2008
oto-date NA GI SA, Wasserturmquatier, Berlin, Germany
oto-date in Cologne, 20 Jahre Romanischer Sommer Koln, Cologne, Germany
2007
oto-date, Sentier des Lauzes, Ardeche, France
oto-date: homage to the space, Noiseless Akio Suzuki + Rolf Julius, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
2006
oto-date in Bolzano, Arllge Kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano, Italy
oto-date in Turin, e/static gallery, Turin, Italy
oto-date in Deutzer Bridge, Scorecologne Festival, Cologne, Germany
2005
oto-date in Wakayama, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
oto-date, Sound Out, Cork, Ireland
oto-date, Playing John Cage Exhibition, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2004
oto-date in Paris, Nuit Blanche Festival, Paris, France
oto-date in Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
Izanai, Strasbourg, France
2002
oto-date, The Landscape of Tamsuei, the City Encounters the River, Chu-wei, Taiwan
1998
oto-date-room, The 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, Enghien-les-Bains, France
1997
oto-date III, Enghien-les-Bains, France
oto-date II on the River Rhein, Strasbourg and Kehl, France and Germany
1996
oto-date, Sonambiente Festival Foe Eyes and Ears, Berlin, Germany
1988
Space in the Sun (Hinatabokko no kukan), Amino, Kyoto, Japan

 

Selected Performances

2019
museumkrems, Krems, Austria
Angelica Festival, Bologna, Italy
Flutter Echo Festival at Cafe Oto, London, UK
STUK, Leuven, Belgium
Oscillation Festival and Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokohama, Japan
An Encouragement of Dawdling “o to da te” and “no zo mi”,Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2018
From blanks to Sensitivity, Zui’un-an, Kyoto, Japan
Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum of Art, Wakayama, Japan
Art into Life, Hijisai Festival, Mashiko, Japan
Distance and Density, Stadtpark um den Trinkpavillon der Kurfürstenquelle, Bonn, Germany
The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
Camden Arts Centre, London
3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Stone Performance, Musee Zadkin, Paris, Farnce
2017
Aichi University of the Arts, Aichi, Japan
Blank Forms, Pioneer Works, NY, USA
Marfa Live Arts, Saint George Hall, Marfa, USA
Good Shepherd Center Chapel, Seattle, USA
Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
Iron Island Festival, Tokyo, Japan
ART CAMP TANGO 2017, Kyotango, Japan
Sapporo International Art Festival, Sapporo, Japan
Monten Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Boderline festival, Athens, Greece
Documenta 14, Athens, Greece
Imago Dei Festival, Krems, Austria
2016
Silent Seeing Toyooka, Toyooka, Japan
OPEN GATE 2016, Aichi Triennale, Okazaki, Japan
Conceptual Soundwork, Caroline Garden Chapel, London, U.K.
Conceptual Soundwork, ISSUE Project Room, New York, USA
Music Opening Night, TPAM, Yokohama, Japan
The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
2015
ISSUE Project Room,The Emily Harvery Foundation, New York, USA
Nameless Sound, Houston, USA
The Hill of James Magee, El Paso, USA
Festival International de Musique de Victoriaville, Victoriaville, Canada
Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan

Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France
Cave12, Geneva, Switzerland
2014
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Noise Train, Art Area B1, Osaka, Japan
Vancouver New Music Festival, Vancouver, Canada
Yamagata Biennale, Yamagata, Japan
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,
Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Shinano Primitive Sense Art Festival, Nagano, Japan
Around Sound Art festival, Kyotango, Japan
Ausland, Berlin, Germany
bonn hoeren, Bonn, Germany
Flanders Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
Grünspan, Carinthia, Austria
Imago Dei Festival, Krems, Austria
Counterflows Festival, Glasgow, UK
Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium
MEX, Dortmund, Germany
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Cave 12, Geneva, Switzerland
AV Festival, New Castle, UK.
Aichi Art Center, Nagoya, Japan
2013
EXPERIMENTA, Bangalore, India
Art Forum Azamino, Yokohama, Japan
Aigi Tunnel, Kasugai, Japan
Sound Live Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, Australia
Judith Wright Center of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, Australia
Jazz Art Sengawa, Sengawa Thater, Tokyo, Japan
Festival Grand E’cart, Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, France
e/Static, Torino, Italy
O’, Milano, Italy
Tuned City, Brussels, Belgium
Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
LISTE Art Fair Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Cafe Oto, London, U.K.
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Around sound art festival, Hong Kong
2012
Send + Receive Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Voices and Echoes North American Tour – Time Based Art Festival, Portland, USA/ CalArts, Valencia, USA / Vancouver New Music, Vancouver, Canada /
Nameless Sound, Houston, USA / ISSUE Project Room, New York, USA
Iwate Museum of Art, Morioka, Japan
Oki Art Festival, Shimane, Japan
Studies in Sonority and Space, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media,
Yamaguchi, Japan
ZKM Media Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Dedicated – Music for Friends, Maerz Musik Festival, Berlin, Germany
With Hiromi Miyakita, Kohei Suzuki, Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan
2011
Guggenheim House , Kobe, Japan
Social Kitchen, Kyoto, Japan
Art at Tokyo Tech, Tokyo, Japan
2010
Fenn O’Berg (Fennesz, Jim O’Rouke, Peter Rehberg) featuring Akio Suzuki,
Club Metro, Kyoto, Japan
DISPLACED SOUNDS, STUK, Leuven, Belgium
Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu, Japan
Mopomoso (with John Butcher, Lol Coxhill and others), Vortex Jazz Club,
London, UK
Shinbi, Kyoto, Japan
Sydney Biennale, Sidney, Australia
Creative Music Festival, Hiroshima, Japan
CCA Kitakyusyhu, Kitakyusyhu, Japan
Around Sound Art Festival, Hong Kong
2009
Around Sound Art Festival, Hong Kong
Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
Ai-sha, The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Cafe Oto, London, UK
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK
2008
Wasserturmquatier, Berlin, Germany
2007
ICC Inter Communication Center[ICC], Tokyo, Japan
Commissioned Work, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Yokosuka, Japan
Osaka Phoenix Hall, Osaka, Japan
Auckland Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Asia Pacific Festival, Wellington, New Zealand
2006
Resonant Spaces, site-specific performances in Scotland, UK
donau festival, Krems, Austria
2005
Playing John Cage Exhibition, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.
Pelt Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Judith Wright Center of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, Australia
Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
Oto-Date in Wakayama, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
2004
Nuit Blanche Festival, Paris, France
2003
Soundsphere 2003, British Museum, London, UK
ANALAPOSpHERE 2003, Osaka Arts-Aporia, Osaka, Japan
Stadtpark Gallery, Krems, Austria
2002
Mogari, Brunei Gallery, London University, London, UK
The Sound of Mogari III, Tokyo, Japan
2001
Concert with Ensemble Zwischentoene, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2000
Tubridge 99 – 00, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany
1999
Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
Völklinger Hütte, Völklingen, Germany
Klang Kunst Festival UND II, Wiesbaden, Germany
Gelbe Musik, Berlin, Germany
1998
Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, Australia
Performance on the lake in Enghien-les-Bains, France
1997
Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern: Lucerne Festival, Luzern, Switzerland
1996
The 3rd Festivity on an Ancient Hill, Tango-cho, Kyoto, Japan
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
1995
Theater work with Yoshi Oida, Hong Kong Art Festival, Hong Kong
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Vortragssaal der Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Freies Musikzentrum, München, Germany
1994
Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Goethe-Institut Krakow, Kraków, Porland
Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Festival Inventionen, Berlin, Germany
1993
Solo performance, Xebec, Kobe, Japan
The 2nd Festivity on an Ancient Hill, Tango-cho, Kyoto, Japan
1992
URBANE ABORIGINALE VII-JAPAN, Berlin & Munich, Germany
1991
Tokyo Summer Music Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Festivity on an Ancient Hill, Tango-cho, Kyoto, Japan
1990
HET APOLLOHUIS, Eindhove, Holland
1987
Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany
1986
1910 JAPON DES AVANT GARDES 1970, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Sound Watching, Aoyama Round Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
Gallerie GIANNOZZO, Berlin, Germany
SOUND EXHIBITION, Freunde guter Musik, Berlin, Germany
Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne, Germany
Almeida Festival, London, UK
Tenkei Theatre T2 studio, Tokyo, Japan
1985
Continuum 85: Aspects of Japanese Art Today, Melbourne, Australia
Giappone Avanguardia Del Futuro, Teatro Garibaldi, Genève, Italy
1984
Study Time, Studio 200, Tokyo
Zeitstudie, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Pro Musica Nove, Bremen, Germany
1983
AKIO SUZUKI SOUNDAROUND, Franklin Furnace, New York, USA
Japan Society presents Sound Work with Akio Suzuki, Japan House, New York, USA
1982
Derek Bailey: COMPANY, ICA, London, UK
Studio 200, Tokyo
1981
Akio Suzuki In Concert, Ontario Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
DTW/MUSIC presents “AKIO SUZUKI”, American Theatre Laboratory, New York, USA
1980
Gérard Philip Theater, Saint-Denis, France
opening concerts “AKIO SUZUKI”, Sala Borromini、Rome
1979
FESTIVAL NIEUWE MUZIEK, Middleburg, Netherlands
Ma, Space/Time in Japan, Takehisa Kosugi & Akio Suzuki, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, USA
1978
American Center, Tokyo, Japan
Ma: Espace-Temps du Japon, Festival d’ Automne, Paris, France,

 

Awards / Grants

2018
City Sound Artist Bonn 2018 Award, Bonn, Germany
2017
erforming Arts Japan (PAJ) Grant of Japan Foundation, New York, USA
2015
Asian Cultural Council Grant, New York, USA
Pola Foundation Grant, Tokyo, Japan
2014
Residency at AIR KREMS, Krems, Austria
2012
Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Grant of Japan Foundation, New York, USA
Asian Cultural Council Grant, New York, USA
2004
Residency at Atelier des Arques, Les Arques, France
2003
Residency at AIR KREMS, Krems, Austria
Pola Foundation Grant, Tokyo, Japan
2000
Asian Cultural Council Grant, New York, USA
1994
Residency at Berliner Kuestlerprogramm of the DAAD, Berlin, Germany
1980
Asian Cultural Council Grant, New York, USA

 

Public Collections

  • Jardin des Deux-Rives, Strasbourg, France
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
  • Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japan
  • Nagoya City Art Museum
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • Yokosuka Museum of Art, Yokosuka, Japan