Ringo- Tetsuya Umeda (JP)

Tetsuya Umeda
2. November @ 19.00
3. November @ 20.30
(in cooperation with NyMusikk Stavanger)

Part of ‘Unwritten Conversations’ artist curated series

Osaka-based artist Tetsuya Umeda creates dynamic environments with architectural structures, sound and light. His mesmerising and surprising performances produce intricate soundscapes and musical compositions through live experiments with everyday tools and scraps, re-purposed machines and electronics.

Umeda’s site-specific installation for RIMI/IMIR SceneKunst and the ‘unwritten conversations’ series employs found domestic objects, transformed from their daily familiarity into a transcendent spectacle of the unexpected. Umeda’s work demonstrates elaborate systems of cause-and-effect, with elements powered by gravity, wind, centrifugal force or falling objects, capturing the moments where ordinary and extraordinary collide.


Tetsuya Umeda’s 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, utilize found domestic objects as a basis for his installations. These richly dynamic and embodied environments, that are often situated outside of the gallery context, encourage audience member to explore the interaction of the constituent parts of the installation and through doing so recognize their relation and individuated sensing within the work.

Umeda’s recent  exhibitions include “Double Vision: Contemporary Art From Japan” (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, 2012), “Son et Lumière, et sagesse profonde” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2012-2013) and “Doing history!” (Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, 2016), and Taiwan East Coast Land Arts Festival (Taitung, 2018). The recent solo exhibition includes “Science of Superstition” (SonicProtest Festival, Montreuil, 2015) and “See, Look at Observed what Watching is” (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, 2016).  He also works on a theater piece focusing on the function of the theater’s system and a choir project involving local participants operated without a center like a conductor, and performed those pieces at several performing arts festivals and music festivals.  Recent performance works include a night boat cruse tour piece “7 Ships” (Osaka, 2016), “Internship” (Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, 2016 and KAAT, Yokohama, 2018) , “Composite” (Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, 2017), “Ringo” (Liveworks2017, Sydney, 2017), and “Water Running Upwards” (Wiesbaden Biennale, Wiesbaden, 2018), as well as Theater Spektakel (Zurich, 2014), Fusebox (Austin, 2016).