Japanese performer and sound artist Tetsuya Umeda interacts with the environment, architecture, sound, light and social situation.
Tetsuya Umeda (born 1980) one of the leading artists working with sound installation and performance, is based in Osaka, Japan. Umeda employs minimal electronic means to produce sound from everyday objects, such as balloons, fans, tin cans and dog whistles, in a transparent process that takes place before the viewers' eyes. His self-created sound tools retain their particular histories and operate by reflecting the surrounding conditions of the space: temperature, shape, air flow, people's motion. The resulting effect is that of an experimental sound laboratory that exposes viewers — as both witnesses and partners — to the entire process of sound production, and to the surprising discoveries that ensue during each unique event. He often works in spaces not normally used for exhibitions and makes use of found objects like daily tools and waste scraps in elaborate systems of cause-and-effect relationships. Powered by gravity, wind, centrifugal force or falling objects, Umeda’s work keeps the situation unstable and unpredictable. Umeda lives and works in Osaka.