Ryoko Akama

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Please, send to the artist (info@ryokoakama.com) your Garden Piece video/sound recordings. The recordings will be part of Ryoko Akama’s project ‘Garden Piece’ shown on her website: https://ryokoakama.com/archives/works/gardenpiece2020


Ryoko Akama/ JP 

She works with installations and sounds who approaches listening situations that magnify silence, time and space. Her sculptural work engages with mundane objects and invisible energies such as magnetism and gravity, employing small and fragile objects such as paper balloons and glass bottles in order to create tiny aural and visual occurrences that embody ‘almost nothing’ aesthetics. She also composes text scores and performs a diversity of alternative scores in collaboration with other artists and musicians.


Garden Piece – 2020

With any device, record (video and audio) approx 10 min. still and listen. Send a video or a snapshot as a photo. Make one or many.*

1 In a process of the world lockdown easing out, in some places slowly and others almost back to normal,

2 In owning no ‘literal’ garden, the word ‘garden’ could have a much broader definition. It could literally mean a traditional garden, or ‘outside a window’, ‘scenery through a window’, ‘a daily walking path’, ‘flower pots in a kitchen’… whatever one defines as a ‘garden’. Use one’s imagination.

What is interesting here is not a quality or technical precision. You can use a smartphone, computer, camcorder, or anything, but try to be still, watch, listen and capture a ‘scene’.

There should be many ways, our individual ways, of living with nature – like how Maggi Hambling coined a word for Derek Jarman’s gardening aesthetics – Modern Nature.

house sparrow
wood pigeon
great tit
black bird

came to say hello at/around my garden in Almondbury village UK amongst the bluer sky since March. Had they been here already? Had I ignored their existence for 9 years of living in this village? I never know.

Even one adult hedgehog visited, seemingly dived into a small pond of 1 square metre, unfortunately already a corpse when found in the morning. Beautiful death, I must say. First time in my life, I touched her intricate and complicated quills and was able to scrutinise the face 10 cm close.

She now resides under a small stone tomb made behind our veg garden.

There are things more than what we see, in every moment. A Japanese proverb – The darkest place is under the candlestick – tells us that what we are looking for may well be right next to us.

Was it about anything? 


I am not sure, why don’t you tell me?

but if you ask me was it worth it? I’d say yes

good night, thank you

for your borrowed time (Derek Jarman, Kicking The Pricks)


Garden Piece – 2020