atsuhiro ito / optron / fragments 2007-2019

Atsuhiro Ito Live @ FORESTLIMIT (Tokyo 2019)

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Diamond Version (Byetone & Alva Noto) + Atsuhiro Ito LIVE at EMAF TOKYO 2013 @LIQUIDROOM

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Atsuhiro Ito

: V.R. Specter 
- visible sound, audible light
December 1 – December 16, 2012
@ Snow Contemporary (Tokyo):
https://www.artsy.net/search?artist_ids%5B0%5D=atsuhiro-ito&term=atsuhirohttps://www.artsy.net/partner/snow-contemporary
& https://www.artsy.net/show/snow-contemporary-atsuhiro-ito-vr-specter-visible-sound-audible-light/info

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from SHIFT (a 2011 interview to Atsuhiro Ito by Julie Murikawa, http://www.shift.jp.org/en/archives/2011/03/atsuhiro_ito.html):
Atsuhiro Ito “crafted an instrument called the “OPTRON,” which outputs noise from the electrical discharge of a fluorescent light, when he was working on fluorescent light art exhibits in the 90’s. He plays the OPTRON not only as a solo act but also with other musicians both in Japan and overseas”.

An excerpt from the interview:

Why did you want to be an artist? Could you tell us the process of becoming an artist?

This is a problem of wording, but I have never been wanted to become an “artist.” (To me, it is hard to understand what people in this country want to achieve by becoming artists. It almost seems like the word “artist” itself can impress people. I know that it is a very convenient word to explain what people do though.)

In my case, rather than trying to contribute to the world, I’m more interested in creating things with my own hands and playing and listening to sounds. Since I have never stopped doing this, people started to think that this person might be an “artist” and refer to me as such. I have never really added any meaning or social contributions to my art and performances, and will continue to create and perform just because the visual and audible joy and stimulation keep me excited. By the way, my social positions are ‘an art creator and an OPTRON player.’

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If you were not an artist, what would you be instead?

I don’t even know. Maybe a criminal or something. I bet that I’d be making a little better money than my current situation.

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Atsuhiro Ito (aka Optron) live at Cave 12 in Ecuries de l’Ilôt 13 07.03.2010

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Atsuhiro Ito, live at Vancouver New Music, 21st Sep, 2007

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Atsuhiro Ito, “Transport / Accumulation1 & Transport / Accumulation2” (2016), from: https://san-art.org/producer/atsuhiro-ito/

Atsuhiro Ito (b. 1965) lives and works in Tokyo. He Graduates from Tama Art University Master’s Degree Course in 1992. He has launched his career as a visual artist in the late ’80s, and in 1998 began presenting sound performances. Ito made use of fluorescent lighting in the creation of an original musical device called “optron”. His major exhibitions include … [click here to read the full text]