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Off Site Tokyo 2003 - 25. 10. 2003
OFF SITE is a small project space just five minutes from the center of Shinjuku, located in one of the typical wooden 2floor Japanese houses; beneath DoCoMo tower! > Map
It is operated by Atsuhiro Ito, artist and musician, and his wife, Yukari. They feature music events and art exhibitions as well. I found out about this place through recommendation of Mr. Kobayashi last year.
When I asked for a possiblity to perform there Mr. Ito told me, that I would have to play very very quiet, because of the neighbours. And indeed, the neighbours were just next to the wall, as all these little houses are cramped next to each other.
So the outcome of this evening was, that Mr. Ito fizzled a little bit together with his flashlight, then there was some fizzling by the turntablist, then some fizzling by me. After a break, we all fizzled together. At 10PM it was over and everybody went home.
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Mr. Ito told me that the extreme conditions at OFF SITE as being forced by the neighbours (and authorities) to always play at low volumes have resulted in the development of an aesthetic of it's own. He called it Onkyo Ha, which I read as "sound school", meaning to play in a reduced, subtle way, with lots of silence in the pieces, - cultivated by artists like Otomo Yoshihide and Taku Sugimoto, both frequent guests at OFF SITE.
I think it may also stem from old Japanese reflections on emptiness, like practiced in Zazen or Tea Ceremony, plus a counter measurement towards the extreme noisy and loud environment of Tokyo central.
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