Hitoshi Nomura, Operating Records with Tune, Intensity and Time in Mind, 1973

 
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Hitoshi Nomura, Operating Records with Tune, Intensity and Time in Mind, 1973 Various strings, Piano wires, Record player ©Hitoshi Nomura

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Hitoshi Nomura, Operating Records with Tune, Intensity and Time in Mind, 1973/2018 Various strings, Piano wires, Record player ©Hitoshi Nomura Photograph|Ryo Fujishima

 

Visitors hold a thread with both hands and hook it on the stylus of a record player. If they slowly rub it against the stylus, the stylus vibrates and the record player emits sounds. Visitors make an attempt at Operating Records with Tune, Intensity and Time in Mind (1973). The title of this work is an instruction.

Eight threads of different kinds hang on a wall, including piano wires. Thus, this work can be considered an original string instrument. However, Hitoshi Nomura described the handling of threads as “operating” rather than “playing”; he explained this work by regarding threads as recording media. There is unevenness on the surface of a thread, as there is a groove on a record. Stylus can read the unevenness and convert it to sounds. A recording device was originally formed into a cylinder shape and later changed into a disk shape. Then, he guessed what the thread shaped recording device sounds like.

From Tomotaro Kaneko, “Sounds that become completely different: Hitoshi Nomura’s “Chokaku-eizo” in the 1970s”

 
 
 
 
Japanese Art Sound Archive: Hitoshi Nomura, Operating Records with Tune, Intensity and Time in Mind, 1973

March 11th-17th, 2018 Art & Space Cococara

Exhibition
Hitoshi Nomura, Operating Records with Tune, Intensity and Time in Mind, 1973/2018
Hitoshi Nomura, Rape-Blossoms, Devil-Fish, Iron-y, 1975

Text Talk|Hitoshi Nomura / Tomotaro Kaneko
Photograph|Ryo Fujishima
Leaflet Design|Tadao Kawamura

Leaflet
Hitoshi Nomura, “Around Chokaku-eizo”, 2018
Tomotaro Kaneko, “Sounds that become completely different: Hitoshi Nomura’s “Chokaku-eizo” in the 1970s”, 2018

 
 
 
 
Hitoshi Nomura Biography

1945 Born in Hyogo
1969 Completed the Graduate course in sculpture at Kyoto City University of Fine Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions (From 2000)
2000 “New Vision Navigator Harnessing Across America by Solar Car”, Chukyo University, Nagoya etc.
“Nomura Hitoshi – Genesis of Life: The Universe, The Sun, DNA”, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Mito
2001 “Nomura Hitoshi – Transit/Reflect”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota
2004 “Chroma & Chromatic”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2006 “Hitoshi Nomura: An Introduction, Photo works 1975-92”, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York
“Nomura Hitoshi – Cosmo-Arbor”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
“In commemoration of Hitoshi Nomura, Seeing”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2007 “Nomura Hitoshi – Chrono & Chroma”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2008 “Hitoshi Nomura – Gravitational Shape and Flavor: The Sun, Meteorites and The Body”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2009 “Nomura Hitoshi: Perceptions – Changes in Time and Field”, The National Art Center, Tokyo
2010 ”Hitoshi Nomura: Making Time”, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York
2012 “Discover Hitoshi Nomura in Hong Kong”, Gallery 27, Hong Kong
2013 “Hitoshi Nomura: Body/Perception, or I Who Think I Am “I””, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2015 ”Hitoshi Nomura: Contingency and Necessity”, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York
2017 ”Hitoshi Nomura: Light and Earth Time”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka

Selected Group Exhibitions
1968-69 Presented Tardiology, in which cardboard boxes collapsed under their own weight, “Kyoto City University of Fine Art: Graduation Works” (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art)
1970 “The 10th International Art Exhibition of Japan: Between Man and Matter”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
1995 “Matters and Perception 1970: Mono-ha and the Search for Fundamentals”, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu etc.
“Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years”, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo etc.
1996 “Photography and Beyond in Japan: Space, Time and Memory”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
1997 “GRAVITY: Axis of Contemporary Art”, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2002 “The Unfinished Century: Legacies of 20th Century Art”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2003 “The History of Japanese Photography”, The Museum of Fine Art, Huston etc.
2004 TRACES: Body and Idea in Contemporary Art”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2005 “Reconsidering Mono-ha”, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2007 “ART ANTI-ART NON-ART”, Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Los Angeles
2009 “Waiting for Video: Works from the 1960s to Today”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
“MEDICINE AND ART: Imagining a Future for life and Love”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2013 “Re: Quest – Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s”, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Korea
2015 “Re: play 1972/2015 – Restaging “Expression in Film ’72”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2016 ”ART1 2016: Stepping into Fresh Snow”, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2016-17 ”The Universe and Art: Princess Kaguya, Leonardo da Vinci, teamLab”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo / ArtScience Museum, Singapore
2017 ”ASSEMBRIDGE NAGOYA 2017″, Minatomachi POTLUCK BUILDING, Nagoya
“JAPANORAMA: New Vision on Art Since 1970”, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

 
 

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