Torii Gate structure , 12' X 15' X 2’, constructed from 300 recycled loudspeakers, Bluetooth receivers, microphone, line in, amplifiers. A 4-channel speaker system allows the public to express themselves directly via a microphone, a line in or their smart phones and wireless technology.
My artwork is site-specific and adapts to local cultures and environments (see past works at https://www.benoitmaubrey.com/?cat=5 ) . My decision in the early 1980s to stop working with pigments and canvas came from a desire to interact directly with public spaces. This is why I decided to work with loudspeakers and media. Loudspeakers have long been integrated into modern life inside our homes, mass transportation, and public spaces -- wherever you find people, you‘ll find loudspeakers. The art I make is not “high tech“, it‘s normal. Speakers are cheap and commonplace: they can be found at flea markets, second-hand stores, recycling centers or in garbage bins. I use loudspeakers much in the same way that a sculptor uses clay or wood: as a modern medium to create artworks with the added attraction that they can make the air vibrate ("sound") around them and create a public "hotspot".
The Kamiyama Artist residency program is a collaborative project between the local non-profit arts organization (KAIR/ Green Valley Association) and invited artists.The local villagers assist and help in the project: it is very "grass roots". They will also care for and maintain the sculpture in the coming years.
The projects is a main attraction for tourists and visitors in the area. The local producer wrote: "One of the guy there yesterday put picture and posting on tweeter - or let say he tweet about your work.
https://twitter.com/tenguyasiki/status/819069070070796289, with in 24 hours there are more than 8000 retweets and more than 9000 likes(heart mark), I think it is more than what he expected to have reaction from others on his posts. On the internet, there are already websites that summarized for specific topic (UGC / user generated content site) made..... "
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