I saw a fun performance by Ujino last night at Artspace for their launch of the biennale.
the installation / performance had alsorts of recycled consumer electricals that you know they would be so easy to find in the gommy in Japan, except most of the larger parts of the install, Car, wardrobes, old mamoth radio /cabinets had Australian components, the artist was even wearing a clovelly hat!. Obviously he has been out here for a while collecting junk, and no one has told me (i now have pile of junk appilances etc). The Performance was a mix between noise and techno with all music made live from the hybrid guitar / blenders and custom pencil records, these controled the switching of lights and revolving of windscreen wipers, more blenders etc. UJINO would get a bass rhythm going (pencil records switching amped saucepans pumping bass speakers installed in cupboards) Ass shaking, then drop the guitar / blender / drill until it became unbearably lovely, i saw a few chin strokers contemplating the end of the silence of painting etc..hohum. Ujino then, let systems running to strap on his motor bike gutiar which was totally out of sync with everything else; headlights spectacularly blinding people infront of him. During the performance he also managed to make a bannana smoothy – (even in the bannana crisis!)
I reccommend checking the install and i may see you at his artists talk. 4.30 pm Saturday 10 June