The National Art Center, Tokyo

Soichiro Mihara, “blank project#4 Imaginary Rhetoric”

Soichiro Mihara 《blank project#4 Imaginary Rhetoric》,2016
In collaboration with Tsushima Art Fantasia
Photo:Tadasu Yamamoto

9/14(Wed) - 9/19(Mon/Holiday)
Various sites within The National Art Center, Tokyo
[Participation fee]
“Imaginary Rhetoric” is the concluding piece of “blank project”, started by the artist in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. This sound installation utilizes “bird call” instruments to emit sounds that mimic birds chirping. Bolts screwed into pieces of wood are rotated at random via programmed motors, making squeaking noises. How will humans react the moment they realize that what they thought were natural sounds are in fact generated randomly by man-made devices? We hope that you’ll listen attentively to the sounds in each location throughout the venue.


Soichiro Mihara

Born 1980 in Tokyo and currently based in Kyoto. By fusing media technology with sounds, bubbles, radiation, rainbows, microorganisms, moss, air currents, electrons, etc., Mihara searches for ways to read matter and phenomena as “art.” His major exhibitions include Nissan Art Award 2020 (Nissan Pavilion, 2020), Boldness to Transience (Aomori Contemporary Art Center [ACAC], 2019), Aomori EARTH 2019: A Place to Cultivate Life -A Future Where Agriculture Opens Up Art- (Aomori Museum of Art), and others.