Ryoko Akama

  • Sendai (Japan), 1976
  • Composer • Performer

Japanese-Korean artist residing in Huddersfield (UK), she works with installation, performance and composition. She collects mundane objects and unwanted materials, activating them with invisible energies such as heat, magnetism and gravity to create kinetic contraptions.

Her work is an aural and visual occurrence; one entity that embodies an ‘almost nothing’ aesthetic. She creates ephemeral situations that magnify silence, time and space. Interested in cultural thinking and perception, her artistic practice examines environment, architecture, immigration, sociological structure & relativity.

She also composes and performs a variety of alternative scores in collaboration with other artists and musicians worldwide. She is an artistic director for ame c.i.c. and co-runs the independent publisher mumei publishing and melange edition.

Select installations include: the way they are (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2019, UK), composition of happiness (Spanien19C, 2019, Denmark), kosetsu (Stedelijk Museum, 2019, Amsterdam), ploughs and harrows (Konfrontation Festival, 2018, Austria), listening with the city (Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, 2018, Germany), odds and ends (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, 2018, Poland), loiner or (Industrial Museum of Leeds, 2018, UK), Object Migration (Avant Art Festival + Sanatorium Dź wię ku, 2017, Poland) and 1→ 5 (Uppsala Art Museum, 2016, Sweden).

Ryoko Akama is currently supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music 2020, writing piano works for Siwan Rhys and Another Timbre, as well as a recipient of Develop your Creative Practice grant 2021 (Arts Council England).



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  • Also pictured: Ryoko Akama [Image: Gabrielle Godbout]