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Announcing Ben Harb’s Exhibition “Dual Locations”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Dual Locations by Ben Harb on October 20 (Sat), 21 (Sun) and 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun), as a result of her activity during his stay at Studio Kura. This will be shown as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2018, Itoshima Arts Farm.

Ben Harb is a sound artist, composer and performer from Canberra, Australia. As a graduate of the Australian National University’s School of Music Ben has worked with many members of the local and international experimental music and art communities including the ANU New Music Ensemble, the Experimental Music Studio, Opus and bands such as Ecruteak and Lost Coast. Ben’s work focuses on the relationship between fixed media and live instrumentation with an emphasis on the performer’s agency when playing a piece.

Here are some words from the artist himself.

There is near limitless potential when working with audio field recordings. The medium has a history of work that includes scientific research, ecological study, sound art, sampling and musical applications within a range of contemporary genres. Field recordings of the natural and “man-made” worlds have created soundscapes that have acted as inspiration for composers such as Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, and Pauline Oliveros.
Dual Locations is a sound art installation that makes use of both space and location. Through capturing recordings of the area around Studio Kura along with sounds from Fukuoka city and combining the resulting soundscape with original composition, Dual Locations makes use of spatialised dissemination to create an immersive auditory experience that an audience can navigate and experience in their own way.

Ben Harb “Dual Locations”
Exhibition style: Music/Sound Art Installation (duration time: 60 minutes, loop)
Exhibition venue: Studio 2
Date: October 20 (Saturday), 21 (Sunday), 27 (Saturday), 28 (Sunday) 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 1000 yen to purchase an Itoshima Art Festival 2018 (900 yen in advance, free entrance for kids aged under 7)
* We will hold an opening tour on Saturday the 20th, starting at 11:00.
* The exhibition by other current residence artists and other domestic & international artists will be held during the art festival period in Nijo area.

Ben Harb

Ben Harb (Australia) Residence: October 2018

Ben Harb is a sound artist, composer and performer from Canberra, Australia. As a graduate of the Australian National University’s School of Music Ben has worked with many members of the local and international experimental music and art communities including the ANU New Music Ensemble, the Experimental Music Studio, Opus and bands such as Ecruteak and Lost Coast. Ben’s work focuses on the relationship between fixed media and live instrumentation with an emphasis on the performer’s agency when playing a piece.

Ben’s interests as a composer lie between contemporary Post-Rock and the experimental sounds of movements such as minimalism and free improvisation.

During his stay at Studio Kura, Ben will be working on a piece of sight-specific, fixed media music that makes use of field recordings captured in the Fukuoka prefecture and blends them with original composition which reacts to the changes within the soundscapes.

– Website:
www.benharbcomposition.com

– sound art/music links:
https://soundcloud.com/bharb12
https://softhollow.bandcamp.com/

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