Composite

Variations / Circle

Japanese artist Tetsuya Umeda works in different disciplines and contexts, from music to performance, installation, and exhibition. He uses everyday objects and simple physical phenomena, often involving sound and light, to enter into dialogue with the surrounds – the architecture, the urban space, the movement of spectators… Compositedoes not have a centre point. Each participant has their own independent methods, and those are shared and exchanged during the performance. This piece is not created based on a specific timeline and there is no significant beginning or ending, so the audience will just be seeing the fragmental moment. Compositeis a journey of visual and sensorial micro-happenings that brings together a group of people of different ages, all from Belgium. They are invited to move along defined trajectories while singing choral phrases in a loop. The rhythm is repeated again and again and again. Little by little, glides, translations, and juxtapositions take effect, both sonic and spatial. Emerging is a composition of sounds, movement, and bodies that becomes amplified and then fades. The project comes full circle with a final performance that presents all actions in one space. Tetsuya Umeda shapes an organic, fragile, moving sculpture live. Honing the senses, summoning empathetic attention for the other person, he makes tangible a microcosm of humanity in search of harmony.

  • 5, 6, 7, 10/05
    Composite: Variations (BRASS)
    1h
    FR / NL / DE / JP / Esperanto / …
    € 16 / € 13
    Standing performance (no seats)
    Partially outdoor
  • 14/05
    Composite: Circle (GC Ten Weyngaert)
    45min
    FR / NL / DE / JP / Esperanto / …
    € 10 / € 7

A project by
Tetsuya Umeda

Composite: Variations performed by
Pijin Neji, Shoji Funakawa, Yumi Osanai, Miyu, Yukiko Shinozaki, Yasutaka Watanabe, Amandine Descamps, Andreia Afonso, Christophe Jaccard, Daniel Le More, Ines Calero, Anne Lalot, Catalina Rincon Gille, Elisa Lozano Raya, Filippos Anagnostopoulos, Hanako Hayakawa, Joseph Mbarga Etaba, Maria Peredo Guzman, Murielle Texier, Noémie Asper, Renaud Cagna, Renaud Garnier-Fourniguet, with the participation of local and Brussels’ inhabitants, and in collaboration with McCloud Zicmuse

Composite: Circle performed by
Pijin Neji, Shoji Funakawa, Yumi Osanai, Miyu, Yukiko Shinozaki, Yasutaka Watanabe, Amandine Descamps, McCloud Zicmuse, Andreia Afonso, Christophe Jaccard, Daniel Le More, Ines Calero, Anne Lalot, Catalina Rincon Gille, Elisa Lozano Raya, Filippos Anagnostopoulos, Hanako Hayakawa, Joseph Mbarga Etaba, Maria Peredo Guzman, Murielle Texier, Noémie Asper, Renaud Cagna, Renaud Garnier-Fourniguet, with the participation of local and Brussels’ inhabitants

Production assistant
Aurélia De France

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, BRASS, GC Ten Weyngaert

Production
Tetsuya Umeda

Administration
Yuko Uematsu

Management
Yuki Tanaka

In cooperation with
Yuki Tanaka, Nov Amenomori, soto

Thanks to
Dayang Yraola, Yukie Mitomi

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Tetsuya Umeda (b. 1980) is a Japanese sound, visual and installation artist, living and working in Osaka. His work focuses on the creation of dynamic environments, through the combination of architectural structures, sound and light, and considers their impacts on human behaviour. Umeda’s works, which are commonly site-specific and temporal, use found domestic objects as a basis for his installations. These richly dynamic and embodied environments, often situated outside the gallery or exhibition space, encourage spectators to explore the interaction of the constituent parts of the installation and through doing so recognise their relation and individuated sensing within the work. His most recent group exhibitions include Double Vision: Contemporary Art From Japan (Moscow Museum of Modern Art & Haifa Museum of Art, 2012), Son et Lumière, et Sagesse Profonde (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2012-2013), and Doing History! (Fukuoka Art Museum, 2016). His recent solo exhibitions include Science of Superstition (Sonic Protest Festival, Montreuil, 2015) and See, Look at Observed what Watching is (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 2016). He also works in theatre, focusing on the function of the theatrical space, exploring ideas of deterritorialisation and spatial relationships within the theatre. In 2016, he presented a night-cruise piece called 7 Ships in Osaka.

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