Nozomu Matsumoto and Nile Koetting
New Wing, Somerset House Studios
14 - 18 NOV 2018
Climatotherapy is a performance installation developed from Nozomu Matsumoto’s recent release on The Death of Rave (RAVE024).
The word ‘climatotherapy’ refers to a type of physical and mental treatment which utilizes the influence of climate on the human body, exemplified by treatments in the Dead Sea or at hot springs. Comprised of sound, light, smell, ikebana and Nozomu’s 1-to-1 private concerts taking place periodically throughout the duration of the piece, virtual assistant Alexa is a key component, repurposed to generate live and enunciate various suggestions and tips throughout, what we should do, how we should live.
With these elements in dialogue, the installation becomes its own microclimate. Populated by household audio technologies, corporate messages weave through musical reproductions to create an ever-changing soundtrack for our relationship with ever-changing technologies. As our preference settings hack, repurpose and adapt our technological world into new causes, these devices become an aesthetic, a physical manifestation of the dialogue between mass industry and human environment. Climatotherapy questions how the human body is conditioned by its environment in the time and space of cloudified body, mind, and information.
Nozomu Matsumoto is Tokyo-based artist and composer. His sound design work includes Nile Koetting’s “Sustainable Hours” at Maison Hermés, Tokyo 2016, and “FUKAMI, une plongée dans l'esthétique japonaise” at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, 2018. Nozomu released his remarkable first vinyl "Climatotherapy" and début for UK based label The Death of Rave, 2018.
Nile Koetting is an artist working across installation, performance, scenography, sound and composition. His work and projects have been presented at Moscow Biennale 2017, ZKM Karlsruhe, Hebbel Am Ufer Theater, Western Front, Mori Art Museum, Maison Hermès Tokyo Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
Together, Nozomu and Nile are founders of online sound curatorial platform EBM(T), collaborating and presenting works by various artists such as Shana Moulton Lars Holdhus, aka TCF, Sam Kidel and Robin Mackay. EBM(T) curated a part from the show in "Tokyo Art Meeting VI TOKYO: Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis" at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015, also in 2017 EBM(T) co-curated a music and art festival “INFRA インフラ” presenting artist’s work in a museum, gallery and clubs in Tokyo.
Co-Produced by Music Hackspace
Smart speaker development assisted by Henry Cooke, Tim Cowlishaw and Jakub Fiala, BBC R&D [INSERT LOGO]
Sound support : Hideki Umezawa
Audio panel support : Nimbus Group GmbH
Special thanks to: Conor Thomas, Lars Holdhus, Amo Vaccaria
Director, Somerset House Studios - Marie McPartlin
Programme Producer - Leonara Manyangadze
Digital Content Producer - Eleanor Scott
Artist Producer - Stella Sideli
Programming Assistant - Huw Thomas
ASSEMBLY Design - Paradise
RADIO ASSEMBLY Production: Reduced Listening
Digital Content Assistant: Sandra Jean Pierre
PR - Worldwide Friendly Society
Each day Nozomu Matsumoto hosted one to one, 20 minutes performative listening sessions within the installation at 12.30, 14.00, 15.30 and 17.00. Booking essential, available online or ask at reception.
Climatotherapy is supported by British Council Japan and the Goethe Institute.
ASSEMBLY is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund, the John. S Cohen Foundation and the British Council.