Currently based in Brooklyn, Japanese sound artist and composer O.Blaat (Keiko Uenishi) is known for her sound works formed through exploring one's relationship with sounds via kinesthetic response, as well as aural cognition in sociological and environmental context. Her taste for experimentation, improvisation, and her affinity towards technology and software in general drove her naturally to using the Lemur in her performances.
She's performed at venues worldwide, including the MUTEK festival in Montreal, the Ultrahang festival in Budapest, the Whitney Museum of Art, the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Museum, the Netmage and Interferenze festivals.
She's also self-released her first CD-R in 2001, an abstract eleven-track cycle called Sketches For Various Notions Of Hanging Sky By. In 2004, the Portuguese label Cronica Electrinica issued her second album, Two Novels: Gaze/In The Cochlea, a disc that featured collaborations with Eyvind Kang, Aki Onda, Ikue Mori, and DJ Olive.
Audio excerpt from the Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art exhibition performance
Photos by Jodi Shapiro
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