Aki Onda is a versatile artist: electronic musician, composer, visual artist, curator and writer. Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project - works compiled from a 'sound diary' of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of two decades. Onda's musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, but he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In recent years, Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists. His new Cassette Memories album, South of The Border has been released by Important Records. Onda has previously collaborated with artists such as Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Paul Clipson, Alan Licht, Loren Connors, MV Carbon, Akio Suzuki, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros, Jac Berrocal, Lionel Marchetti, Linda Sharrock, and Blixa Bargeld.
Cassette Spectacle #1, #2, #3 are three sound performances by Aki Onda that will appear and disappear along the nights at Live Arts Week, in corners and central spaces of the museum, as nomadic live interventions. For a quarter century, Aki Onda has been using the cassette Walkman for making field recordings which he keeps as a sound diary. He considers these recordings to be personal memories, and not just sounds. He stages those performances by physically manipulating Walkmans by hand, re-collecting and re-constructing concrete sounds. What emerges from his sound memories is a sonic collage of ritualistic tape music. By documenting fragments of sound from his personal life, something is revealed in the accumulation. The meanings of the original events are stripped of their significance, exposing the essence of memory. "I like performing this strange ritual at a site-specific location - at a historic building, street conner, abandoned factory - or an old factory transformed to a museum in such as the MAMbo in Bologna. I am trying to both extract and abstract the essence of memory by juxtaposing my own field recordings, so to speak my personal memories, at a location that is saturated with its own memories. Something resonates and happens while I’m dealing with acoustics, architecture and psyche of the space. The result is invisible but one can feel live memories awaking sleeping memories."
wednesday 9 april > 11 pm > MAMbo
thursday 10 april > 11.30 pm > MAMbo
saturday 12 april > 9.30 pm > MAMbo