a.k.a. Aki Onda
Saturday, 21st November, 12pm – 1pm & 6pm – 7pm
Yes, radio transports signals across a variety of distances. But does it leap time…? No. What would happen if it were to jump to the future, passing through both time and space? The sound source of this recording is a series of radio broadcast captured when I visited Morocco in 2010. During the two-week trip to Tangier, Fez, and Marrakesh, I kept making field recordings of daily news or local music programs, recordings which I’ve now randomly edited for this 60-minute piece. Beyond radio’s typical function of frequency relay and capture, I wanted to produce an illusional frequency—collapsing time and space and expanding the territory of our aural imagination. With our activities now delimited by our local vicinity, travel is rare and encounters with others are limited. We have found ourselves hemmed in at a moment of political and social turbulence. I just thought travelling somewhere, even though it’s imaginary, could be refreshing and inspiriting for our minds.
Aki Onda is an artist and composer currently based in Mito, Japan. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories”—works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using portable cassette recorder over a span of last three decades. Radio is another medium Onda loves and often uses for creating compositions and performances. Onda has presented his work at numerous institutions and festivals such as documenta 14, Louvre Museum, Pompidou Center, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Cartier, Présences électronique, Argos, Bozar, ICA London, Counterflows, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Kitchen, MoMA, REDCAT, Time-Based Art Festival, and Nam June Paik Art Center. In 2020, Onda reissued three of his Cassette Memories albums on Room 40 and released two new solo albums. The other two forthcoming albums include his first duo album with Japanese artist Nao Nishihara on Fttari, and his third album with frequent collaborator Akio Suzuki on Hasana Editions.