Tetsuya Umeda is a Japanese installation artist based in Osaka and has actively performed a number of solo exhibitions since 2008 in and out of Japan, including The Museum of Modern Art in Moscow.
Tetsuya remodels installations inspired by the space in which he exhibits and creates familiar yet dynamic sounds out of everyday objects, such as suspended buckets running along an invisible fishing wire to create an eerie yet high pitched musical string instrument!
To see his live performance at The Substation in Newport was fascinating yet a little tense for me as the combination of mini explosions, loud distraught sounds amplified over suspended megaphones (something that would resonate with Blade Runner fans) and flickering lights submerged in water.
Tetsuya encourages the audience to explore and interact with the installation, he sets up stacked tins over gas hot plates, fills drink water bottles and buckets to project sounds like water dripping into metal buckets. He transforms familiarity into a transcendent spectacle of the unexpected.
The highlight for me was at the end of the performance meeting Japan's master of sonic installations himself - Tetsuya Umeda! I caught him communicating in Japanese to a family in Germany who had been viewing his live performance from their lounge rooms. The sounds of their baby were streaming live via his phone which was strapped to one of the suspended megaphones ... wow, this blew me away as I thought the sounds where pre-recorded!
Check out The SUBSTATION - it's a not for profit arts organisation which presents an annual curated program of creative development, residencies and presentation. Engaging with artists from across artistic disciplines, working in non-traditional modes and across art-forms, The SUBSTATION provides the opportunity for artists and audiences to connect with their unique space and in the distinctive location of Newport in Melbourne's inner west!