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Akio Suzuki

Pyramid: Humanity Excavates Sound


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Pyramid: Humanity Excavates Sound is made of 676 sheets of glassine paper stacked upon each other to form a flat pyramid. On top in the center of the pyramid is a stone in the shape of an ear. Suzuki found the stone on the beach near his home in Japan.

Artist Statement

Like pyramids, which even now have the power to fascinate us, sound has the power to touch off something in people. Since 1994, I have been doing sound installations that I have titled "Cause and Effect." This type of conceptual sound work, in which a "personal action" has been replaced with an "openness towards others," stems from the "throwing and Following" sound performances I have been doing since the 1960s. The work is structured by creation of a "site" which is the cause. Then the viewers are asked to supply their sensitivity.

A large number of glassine papers are spread out to cover the entire floor surface of the gallery. From the outer edge of the room toward the center, the paper is stacked to form a pyramid shape. On top of a single stack of paper at the peak is an "ear stone object". By simple viewing of this unusual world, some people are likely to walk more cautiously while others will be more bold. A variety of other actions are likely to occur as they view the object. Naturally, the sound of the paper will be emitted as people walk into the room, and as they take an interest in this, the sights they are viewing will begin to change...

*Ear-stone object*  By chance, I happened to find a stone shaped like an ear along the beach at Tango, Kyoto Prefecture, and decided it was a "mummy". I then made reproductions of the stone out of clay.


Visual Sound (Part II): Spring, 2001
About The Artist

Akio Suzuki is a sound artist. In the 1960s he began to make field recordings of natural sounds, which eventually led him to construct his own instruments, which he sets in large installations that function as exhibitions in themselves. Since 1989 he has collaborated with the dancer Junko Wada.

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