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Excellence Award

Braun Tube Jazz Band

WADA Ei

Performance [Japan]

One day, a spectacular picture popped up in my brain. It was an image of abandoned electrical appliances being played as musical instruments on a street in a town. Using this image as a starting point, I set up the same number of tube televisions and PC-controlled video decks correspond to the number of notes in a musical scale to create a set of gamelan percussion instruments. Tapping TV tubes produces primitive and cosmic electrical music.

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WADA Ei

Japan

I made a crash landing in 1987. Around the time I began to understand things, I came to believe that a music festival would be waiting at a place where there is a gigantic tower shaped like the leg of a crab with a tube television embedded in it. But at a certain moment, one of my friends pointed out that there was no such place on earth. So, in that case, I decided to make a virtue of necessity and to produce it myself. Every day and night since then, I have worked on bricolage.

( 2009 )

Award Reason

There are relatively few opportunities to specifically illustrate abstract ideas of media. In this work, the artist has brought an event into existence in a way that seems to embody Channon’s Theory of Communication, which makes us rethink about media. “One day, I accidentally plugged a sound cable into the composite video connector and the sound was rendered as an image. When I saw this, I thought that the same sound might be reproduced if I re-recorded it using a camera and output it as sound.” This work started from the artist’s encounter with this discovery. Similarly, a sound can be reproduced also as a sound even though it has once been transformed into an image. People use various media daily, but perhaps, people judge media from just the specific results. This work strengthens our awareness that we create expressions and live in a world where we utilize technologies that have plasticity and reconstructive properties, and we enhance these into other forms of expression.

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