Born 1941 in Pyong Yang.
Lives and works in Tango, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
two curved walls made of concrete bricks,
each 2mx1,40m constituting a listening chamber by the lake
Akio Suzuki is a Japanese artist who works and on and with sounds. He both invents sounds during his performances and
focuses on the sounds around him. His outdoor interventions are thus based on the aural qualities of the site, its
singularities - the point being to find for each place a situation in which one is receptive to sounds, able to hear a set
of sounds that seem to be accord, without any one sound dominating. Modern man usually perceives the world first and
foremost with the sense of sight. Akio Suzuki invites us to rediscover the world with our sense of hearing and, if
possible, to forget our insistence on analysing. Thus noises become sounds and no one sound is set above the others. Modern
man must learn to free himself from his selective habits in order to discover himself as a "receptacle" of sounds.
the work for Enghien :
In 1997 the artist came to Enghien to study the town's acoustic qualities, to locate the best points for listening to
everyday aural reality as well as those that possess an echo. This intervention is entitled Otodate III. "Oto" is the
Japanese for sound and "odate" is the contraction of "nodate", meaning "open-air tea ceremony". In other words, each sound
is invited to a ceremony with no hierarchy, and the listener is encouraged to take part in the event by taking up position
at the best listening points. To this end, Suzuki has marked out the locations of echoes by drawing footprints on the
ground (Otodate Step), so that each passer-by can appreciate the aural qualities of the site at that particular moment. The
playfulness of this experiment goes along with a listening to the world in a proportionate relation between the human being
and their environment. These points are situated in various locations, near the station and church, on the banks of the
lake, and so on.
For 1998, a room has been built on the same axis as these various points to serve as a place of listening and discovery
during the summer months of the biennial. Listeners who enter the Otodate Room must abandon the primacy of sight over their
other senses since all they can see is the wall which now blocks the view of the lake. Forgetting for a while the usual
reflexes that always diminish their auditive faculties, they can discover the surprising aural richness of the site. The
experience may be a chance to discover an unknown reality, to give oneself up to the pleasure of sound, to be a guest at
the concert of the world.
Drawing for Otodaté-Room
Description : two curved concrete walls, (both 200 centimetres high, respective widths 140 and 90 centimetres), facing each
other, with a narrow access to standing room for one person between them.
Junko & Akio at work