Experimental Music - Winner 2014
‘Using sound, I look for a state where things start to react to each other, freed from their specific contexts’ explains Japanese-born Rie Nakajima of her work. Since studying sculpture at Chelsea and later the Slade Rie has been working on installations and performances which produce sounds using a combination of kinetic devices, audio materials and found objects. Each work is unique as she composes in real-time in direct response to the unique context of each space creating rhythmically complex and self-developing sounds, from the micro-acrobatics of her spinning wind-up toys to the blare and wet echo of air passing through water. As says a writer for Void+ ‘Nakajima’s sonic magnificence is in how her objects alter from quotidian to sonic arrangements through repetition and accumulation….like an army of them…they accrue and are soundings, and the experience of the work is wholly majestic.’
Rie is the current associate artist at London’s experimental music hub, Café OTO, where she recently performed with David Toop and has exhibited and performed widely, both in the UK and overseas.