Ujino launched an art project called “The Rotators” in 2004. Since then the project has evolved into this performance titled “INERTIA,” a theatrical play that integrates time and space into artistic expression.
In this play, motor-driven machines (and the fear the machines invoke) are used as tools that expand human capabilities and are used to perform a dance beyond human ability. This is coupled with the pleasure aroused by techno sounds from the sound of machines. These elements, called “sound sculptures,” serve as the crux of this machine theater.
“The Rotators” was created with Japan’s consumer society in the late 20th Century in mind when Ujino’s identity was formed. References to modern art that, in the West, asked the question, “how should individuals face the industrialized world?” and attempts to deconstruct to construct the cultural context and technologies for products manufactured in the current post-industrial globalized society.
INERTIA is a physical force that allows a motor to rotate.
Muneteru Ujino was Born in Tokyo in 1964. He received his B.A. from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1988. His major works include “Love Arm,” a series of art pieces that use electric decorations and drills as a means of “doing research on material civilization” through art in the context of a mass-consumption society, and “The Rotators,” sound sculptures of industrial machines and appliances that are uniquely arranged. He has held exhibitions and given live performances at museums and galleries in and outside Japan.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
POP/LIFE, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa
DUET, PSM, Berlin, Germany
TRANSCRIBED, YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Tokyo
UJINO AND THE ROTATORS, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, UK
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ASAHI ART SQUARE (Sumida City, Tokyo)