landscape painting, sound, speaker
Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori, Japan
Photo/Video: Tadasu Yamamoto/Hiroshi Suminaka
I listen to a landscape that someone once saw.
During my residence at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], I traveled Aomori looking for the landscapes I had seen portrayed in paintings of the prefecture.
In some cases, the same landscape was still there to greet me, but others were completely changed, without a trace of the painted portrayal left behind.
Some of them had been changed due to changes in our society, while others had been transformed by climate or disaster. I could not help but think that the sounds of each place must also follow the same trajectory.
Landscape paintings are very vague, a media often embellished by the obscure memories and subjective perceptions of their artists. As such, they are a feeble way to accurately record the lay of the land. The time that landscape painters spend painting, I spend doing field recordings. This is much like extracting an obscure layer of memory woven into the landscape.