Ryuichi Sakamoto + Fujiko Nakaya + Min Tanaka + Shiro Takatani:
The new National Museum/Det nye Nasjonalmuseet
(Meeting point/entrance via Mellomstasjonen at Brynjulf Bulls plass)
9 September, 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Tickets: 500/400 NOK
NB! The arena will be filled with water, waterproof footwear is therefore required/necessary! Due to the roof cover, high heels/stiletto heels are prohibited.
Fog sculptures, a Japanese synth pioneer, avant garde dance, and the view from the roof of Oslo’s new National Museum
Fujiko Nakaya (born 1933) created her first public fog sculpture at the World Fair Expo ´70 in Osaka. Since then Nakaya has exhibited her fog- and cloud sculptures at major art venues all over the world, including the Guggenheim in Bilbao, San Francisco Exploratorium and Tate Modern in London. At Ultima she will install a fog sculpture on the roof terrace on the construction site of the new National Museum building in front of the City Hall, the harbour and the fjord, marking the first occasion for the public to get access to this spectacular site.
Responding to the sculpture will be two legends of Japanese contemporary music and dance. Ryuichi Sakamoto will play an exclusive keyboard recital as an atmospheric sonic accompaniment to Nakaya’s fog, while choreographer and dancer Min Tanaka will perform his Body Weather movements with Nakaya’s fog piece. Sakamoto achieved fame in the late 70s in Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japan’s first synth pop band, and went on to a huge international solo career as a pop artist, composer and multimedia entrepreneur. His electro and techno music has been hugely influential, and his collaborators over the years have included David Sylvian, Carsten Nicolai, Youssou N’Dour and Fennesz. His Oscar and Grammy Award winning soundtracks include Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990) and The Revenant (2015); and he created music for the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Earlier this spring, Sakamoto released his 20th solo album, async, where one of the tracks is a tribute to Fujiko Nakaya.
Min Tanaka (born 1945) is an experimental dancer, performance artist and film actor. His unique ‘hyper-dance’ involves a complete unity of mind and body, and he often dances in an improvised response to a place or music. He has collaborated with composers such as Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Toshi Ichiyanagi, improvisers such as Cecil Taylor, Milford Graves, Derek Bailey, John Cale, Aki Takahashi, visual artists Karel Appel, and Richard Serra, and the writer Susan Sontag. Since 2004, he has performed a series Locus Focus in numerous places including Indonesian islands, in favor of the outdoor space.
Shiro Takatani has created the lighting design for the event.
The project was initiated by Oslo Kunstforening, developed in collaboration with Ultima, Statsbygg (Project New National Museum), Dansens Hus, National Museum and Ekebergparken.
In accompaniment, Oslo Kunstforening will present an exhibition, displaying the photographs of Fujiko Nakaya’s father, Ukichiro Nakaya. Letters Sent from Heaven (25.08-24.09), is a unique exhibition of experimental Japanese physicist Ukichiro Nakaya's photographs of snow crystals and electrostatic discharges. This is the first time Ukichiro Nakaya's (1900-1962) work is presented in Europe in connection with the fog sculptures by his daughter, Fujiko Nakaya. They were first shown at the Sapporo International Art Festival in Japan curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto in 2014.