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Takafumi Ide

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Pictured above: Artist's visual interpretation of Seclude and Muse, 2017, sound, MP3 player, parametric speaker, headphone, 3 min. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill. 

To create his sound installation, Takafumi Ide imagined how Theodore Roosevelt and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), both former residents of Wave Hill when it was a private estate, might have gazed upon the Palisades through the window. Roosevelt was a boy of 11 and 12 when he lived here with his family, Twain an adult in his mid-60s. Ide considers the natural surroundings of the site and uses them as cues for sound. With a pair of headphones to produce binaural sound, as well as a parametric, or directional sound effects, the viewer will hear soft noises like a whispering voice as they regard the sweeping view outside the window.

observe
Sunroom Project Space | May 22–June 27, 2010

observe, 2010, wood, speaker wire, speakers, marble powder, matte medium, water, polaroid film, carbon film, colored pencil, acrylic color, 8 ½ feet in diameter, hanging five feet from the ceiling. Courtesy of the artist.

Takafumi Ide activates the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery with observe, an installation with both sculptural and sound-based elements. For this work, Ide casts the Sunroom as an observatory, conjuring a view of the world that is unconstrained by traditional boundaries of distance and optical ability. Eight narrow strips of wood hang in a circular formation, printed on the inside with tiny photographic images, as well as small areas of drawing and painting. Sets of attached speakers emit unique audio recordings. The image and sound components depict a collection of global locations, selected for the personal and emotional significance they hold for the artist.

Ide uses Polaroid film and emulsion transfer to imprint photographs of the sites on the curved wood. The resulting images have a milky, slightly blurred quality that presents a distant, telescopic view. Each image corresponds to its directional location, as well as to the accompanying sound component. To the east, Barcelona is represented by the striking architecture of one of its famous churches, Sagrada Familia, and to the west, a train station in east Tokyo is embodied by the sound of a passing commuter train at the Shinagawa Station. Images and sound sourced from places as varied as Wave Hill, Brazil, Virginia, Chicago, Manhattan and New Mexico are experienced alongside one another. The sounds of each site blend into one multi-layered, dimensional composition. Together, these visual and audio depictions combine to create an observatory for the visitor to view the world as seen through Ide’s eyes.

 

 observe, 2010

 

observe, 2010

observe, 2010, wood, speaker wire, speakers, marble powder, matte medium, water, polaroid film, carbon film, colored pencil, acrylic color, 8 ½ feet in diameter, hanging five feet from the ceiling. Courtesy of the artist.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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