etude for everyday
As part of the third HELL HOT! New Music Festival, 2P Contemporary and Gallery EXIT are pleased to present the on-going project "etude for everyday life" by Osaka-based sound artist, Mamoru Okuno (aka mamoru). The exhibition includes a series of portable installations that transform everyday objects and practices into intimate sound experiences. The exhibition is on view from 5 August to 24 August 2012 at 6 - 20 Po Tuck Street, Sai Ying Pun.
The OED defines "étude" as a short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player. Mamoru uses common objects such as plastic straws, food wrap, ice, steel hanger, instant noodle, electric kettle, and microwave as means to create. The sounds produced by an object's functional disposition are spotlighted and brought to the fore of our awareness. As sound forms, they are arranged and orchestrated to define a field of contemptible sound whilst the mechanism of sound production serves as a visual cue to aid heightened listening. These otherwise quotidian sounds present the opportunity for the viewer cum listener to re-discover the fullness of a sound and the wholeness of sounds, which perhaps, could only be heard through a daily practice of listening.
The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, 4 August 2012 at 6 - 8 pm.
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