Before its move to HOME in 2015, Manchester’s Cornerhouse is running its final exhibition. Using Cornerhouse’s iconic brick structure and Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedy masterpiece as inspiration, nine artists are exhibiting their work at Playtime. One of these artists, Naomi Kashiwagi, writes for Northern Soul about her Playtime experience.
Short portrait of Manchester based award-winning Artist Naomi Kashiwagi
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INTERVIEW: NAOMI KASHIWAGI (M Magazine- PRS for music online magazine)Naomi Kashiwagi is a sound artist who eschews digital technologies to co-opt obsolete equipment and create unexpected audio outcomes.She relishes the unpredictability old analogue hardware by incorporating its customised pops, crackles and reverberations into a contemporary audio/visual setting. We spent some time with Naomi for our Women & Machines feature to learn more about her extraordinary music and the art of co-opting outmoded technologies.
Longing for Analog KOBRA (Swedsih National TV), 2013 Longing for Analog was shown on KOBRA, the premiere arts and culture feature programme that runs every Wednesday primetime on SVT (Swedish National TV) across Scandinavia. The film features interviews with Chris Ware (American Comic Book Artist and Cartoonist), Chris Burden (American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art), Malik Bendjelloul (Director of Oscar-winning documentary, 'Searching for Sugar Man') and Naomi Kashiwagi, talking about how they analog technologies in their work. KOBRA has twice been awarded Kristallen - the most prestigious TV prize in Sweden and has featured in-depth interviews with Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Ingmar Bergman, Nan Goldin, Viktor & Rolf, Madonna, Woody Allen, Nick Cave, Michel Gondry, John le Carre and Bruce Springsteen.
The most vivid memory of Naomi Kashiwagi’s performance at Cafe OTO is what remains to this day one of the most intriguing and beautiful performances I have witnessed in the past couple of years.
- Davidssen Oskar Bjórn Phuong
Graphic designer Peter Saville has been long been impressed by her work: "Naomi's inclusion of sound within the context of installation extends the dimension in which we can experience her work", Saville says of her work.
For artist Naomi Kashiwagi, old technologies are simply a means to new and surprising ends. She customises mechanical musical hardware – gramophones, shellac records – then plays them to create live sound that allows for, and thrives on, the accidental: distortion, repetition, amplified crackles, rumbles and echoes. She calls up the ghosts in these old, supposedly obsolete machines, then exorcises them with a gleeful conceptual flourish.
- Sean O’Hagan
Naomi Kashiwagi is a very down-to-earth young woman who calmly says that she’s enjoying a fertile time in her art practice, but that she finds her day job at the Whitworth every bit as fullfilling.
- Kate Feld
This multi-voiced exhibition and series of events explored interpretations of ‘cultural diversity', reflecting the times we live in and changes to the social and cultural landscape since Iniva was founded 15 years ago.
For one evening only, Art of Sound : Sound of Art showcased of new commissioned work that breathed unique audio-visual life throughout The Whitworth Art Gallery’s many interconnecting spaces, with a rolling programme of art and music filling both the public galleries and a range of otherwise inaccessible spaces, from the depths of the gallery archives to top of the towers. Naomi Kashiwagi produced ||: Repetition :||, Fugue No.1 in QWERTY for 8 Typewriters, a synthesised music and text score composed for typewriters.