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AV Performance: ‘ENSÕ SONE’ by QUJAKU & IMPATV

Text by CLOT Magazine

OUTLANDS, the experimental music touring network, is presenting an original audio-visual collaboration between Japanese psych band Qujaku and UK visual artists IMPATV. Developed during a residency in Japan in June 2019, this new production explores ideas of duality with sound and light. Sound triggers light that in turn creates form via an amalgam of heavy, rhythmic ambience combined with visual projections, lighting and stage design.  The show will make its London debut this November 8, 2019.

In Japanese, Ensō refers to a circular symbol hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. Sone is a unit of loudness, how loud a sound is perceived.

Ensō Sone expresses freedom to create loudness, which marks the starting point for this new collaboration. Further ideas from Japanese Zen practice, such as oneness, natural opposites and equilibrium, the spirit of harmonious cooperation, the visible and the invisible, absolute fullness in emptiness, simplicity, completeness, and endlessness, are explored and visually and sonically interpreted by the artists.

IMPATV is a collaborative video and stage production project from UK artists Isadora Darke and Jamie Robinson. They produce immersive installations, music videos, and art and music productions across DIY, experimental and underground culture realms. As well as working on their own projects, such as the immersive performance World Zero, they have collaborated widely with artists and created music videos for Charles Hayward, Casual Nun and Errant Monks, amongst others and produced live recordings for Supernormal Festival, Sounds from the Other City and Woodland Gathering.

In this project, IMPATV tells, the film is triggered by sound; similar to the practice of drawing an Enso, the film resonates past the moment: We have incorporated film that represents the micro and the macro as an analogy, as Enso can also be viewed as a cosmogram or as Mu, the void. The footage expresses ideas of duality throughout, again referencing ideas from the representation of Enso. The flashing imagery is designed to draw the viewer into a hypnotic state referencing zen meditation techniques. 

ENSÕ SONE will also be taken to other UK destinations such as de la Warr Pavilion, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and others.

(Media courtesy of OUTLANDS)
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