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Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki
Open: Tue–Fri 12–17, Sat–Sun 12–16

image: Mari Mäkiö, Kagekiyodo


Kagekiyodo at MUU Studio consists of two sound installations that bring echoes of a place in the Akiyoshidai national park in Japan for the audience to hear and also touch in the gallery. The show is an experiment in transposing the spatial experience of a dark cave thousands of kilometres away into the exhibition space, how the original space can be made perceptible through the senses of hearing and touch.

Opening ceremony on Friday 27.9.2019 from 17:00–19:00. Welcome!

300 million years ago Akiyoshidai was part of a coral reef, with its karst stone formations created from limestone worn over the millennia by rainwater. There are over 400 limestone caves in the Akiyoshidai area. One of the largest of them is named Kagekiyodo. The caves are completely dark, and they can only be experience using touch and hearing.

The two installations are called Tuntu(ma) and Sound of Darkness. The latter is a journey through the cave that was recorded with binaural microphones. It was created together with people living in the Akiyoshidai area. An experience of the cave is recreated through a soundscape consisting of onomatopoeic words and sounds that seek to convey the darkness, with sounds of the cave itself merging into a chorus of improvised human voices. Onomatopoeic words – words that imitate or express sounds – are common in the Japanese language, in which they are also used to denote non-aural ideas.

Tuntu(ma) is an interactive work that employs ceramics and sound. The ceramic components are copies of sections of a cave wall worn down by water. By touching the ceramic pieces, visitors can play the work. The evocative water sounds reflecting the texture of the ceramic pieces were produced by Japanese sound artist Miyuki Inoue.

Mari Mäkiö is a Helsinki-based artists whose current media are sound and installation. An integral part of Mäkiö’s creative process is collaboration with groups and communities. She is fascinated by translations of all kinds between the visual world, language and sound. www.marimakio.com

The production of the work has received support from the Akiyoshidai International Art Village and the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK) / Film Commissioner Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo.

The exhibition is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Art Society.