Karu Kuru – Rie Nakajima

Rie Nakajima has been a key figure in our OTO community for over a decade now, treating us to countless solo sets and collaborative work in O Yama O, with David Toop, and many more. Rie's practice is situated here in her abode in London, where she whips the objects around her off the ground and sends them spiralling into the magic realm. Using kinetic machines, she taps, rattles and scrapes rhythms, melodies and phrases. What sounds like a china dish is lifted into the air on a little propeller. Gentle ascending melodies emerge from tickling small bits of metal onto glass. As the piece develops, Rie transfers her dancing brainwaves into the physical world, bringing to life a small legion of kinetic drummers in a tribal cacophony. Her work here - like Bachelard or Proust - attributes an acute sense of awareness to the beauty and possibility of what is around us in our homes.

"I really try to look for something between what I’ve known and what I don't know. I wanted to have some order, some sense of constant movement but don’t want to be given any pressure from them. The structure should be kept open, but how? The only way to get closer there is to start, get involved, and finish." - Rie Nakajima

Rie Nakajima / objects & motors

Recorded in May 2020. Artwork design by Oliver Barrett

1 - Karu Kuru (20:28)

Rie Nakajima

Rie Nakajima is a a sculptor living in London. She has been working on creating installations and performances by responding to physical characters of spaces using combination of motorised devices and found objects. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others. She has exhibited and performed worldwide. She has collaborated with Ikon Gallery(Birmingham), Museo Vostell Malpartida (Cáceres), Tate Modern (London), Serralves Museum (Porto), ShugoArts (Tokyo), Hara Museum (Tokyo) and many others. Her frequent collaborators includes David Cunningham, Keiko Yamamoto, Pierre Berthet, David Toop, Haruko Nakajima and Akira Sakata.