The practice of Takahiro Ueda is interdisciplinary, recalling a scientific researcher observing natural phenomena: atoms, chemical elements, sound vibrations, weather and environmental changes. His work is realised in collaboration with teams of experts including quartz miners, scientists and engineers.
Ueda combines technological experimentation and fine art – the audio-visual performance Track of At[o]m uses apparatus which receives a satellite radio wave for only 15 minutes when a satellite is overhead. The signal is interpreted as both information display and sound, adjusted according to interference of the signal by other human activities, and modulated by the artist.
In the exhibition at White Rainbow, he showcases Invisible Movement utilising naturally occurring phenomena to explore ideas around time. The work comprises a series of constructions built around quartz crystals, whose regular electronic oscillations pace clocks. Each construction contains two clocks: one using the same synthetic quartz as conventional watches, fabricated to time minutes and seconds, the other with natural quartz oscillating at its own pace. These measures of time will tick forever at a different pace – a quality resonating with our individual perceptions of time.
Takahiro Ueda (born 1986) lives and works in Berlin, and has received numerous grants and awards including The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (2013), DAAD (2012), Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award and Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation Scholarship (2011). His recent exhibitions are Travelling Theory, as part of the Fujinoyama Biennale 2014 in Shizuoka, and two editions of the traveling show, Echo (2008 – 2013) at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanian in Berlin and Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln (The Japan Foundation), Cologne.
Born in Iwate, 1986
Lives and works in Berlin
THE ECHO, Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln (The Japan Foundation), Cologne
Tsuchiyu Arafudo Art Annual 2013, Tsuchiyu-onsen, Fukushima
Cosmos, Gallery 5th people Project, Berlin
Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa
island LOVES FRESH, island gallery, Chiba
Haisshakkei Matsuri, Haisshakkei, Ibaragi
BOKUTO MACHI MISE 2009, Tokyo Artpoint Project, Tokyo
into gray, SPACE/ANNEX gallery, Tokyo
eARTh quake S-wave, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishikawa
Grants and Awards
Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation Scholarship
Salon De Printemps Prize, Tokyo University of the Arts