- Manchester, UK & Stavanger, Norway -
ELEFANT in Stavanger have invited award-winning artist, Naomi Kashiwagi to work with the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound and investigate its immense catalogue of recorded music and sound. The collection of recorded music and associated items is one of the largest private collections of its kind in the world. The collection currently contains more than 120,000 LP vinyl records, 50,000 78 rpm records, 10,000 audio reel tapes, 5,000 video and music cassettes, 5,000 books on music, record catalogues and periodicals, as well as extensive equipment for playing and copying of recordings. This depth of archives will be picked through and selected to create a new sound piece and devised performance by the artist, looking at the links across the North Atlantic.
Naomi Kashiwagi is an award-winning artist, musician, turntablist and creative producer who lives and works in Manchester, U.K. Naomi produces sound works, drawings, prints, performances, installations and events that often draw upon her cultural heritage, an intrinsic fusion of two cultures, British and Japanese. Drawing is central to Naomi’s practice and she makes drawings using a range of media including diamonds, typewriters, gramophones and pianos, as well as graphite and pen.
Naomi’s art practice playfully provokes the fringes of disciplines and genres and the intersections and impact of visual art, music and everyday life upon one another and the cyclical nature of obsolescence and technological innovation. She explores the potential of things beyond their prescribed uses by poetically transforming their utilitarian and conceptual function. Naomi works through reinvention and integrates poetic rituals into everyday life to reveal and reimagine the innate curiosities and enchantments of the everyday. Her work examines the complexities of the everyday, the poetics qualities and potential for inventiveness in everyday life that contribute to an inquisitive quest for reclaiming the everyday.
Naomi has exhibited and performed across the UK and internationally, including at The Barbican, ICA, The Power Plant (Toronto, Canada), K11 Art Foundation (Wuhan, China) and Innsbruck International Art Biennale (Innsbruck, Austria).
As a creative producer, Naomi leads on events in partnership with arts, cultural and educational organisations and collaborates with practising arts professionals and musicians to deliver ambitious, imaginative and interdisciplinary events to animate exhibitions, collections and archives.
Naomi is also a quotidian origami wizard who folds in time and space on Magic buses in Manchester.
“The arts have the potential to show that the everyday can be reinvented and that the ordinary is usually extraordinary and that the extraordinary can become part of, or intervene and wonderfully interrupt everyday life”. - Naomi Kashiwagi
Photos by (top) Ben Williams. (bottom) Gavin Parry & David Penny.