Thursday, July 22nd, AvanTokyo and ISSUE Project Room present the debut collaboration of Berlin-based composer & musician Rashad Becker and Japanese sound artist Fuji||||||||||ta. The duo’s debut “not to be or not not to be,” will stream on AvanTokyo and ISSUE’s websites. In their words it is “a scrapbook of sensitivities in scarcity of acumen (a tiny cycle of 8 visual scores for supervised soliloquy).” The commissioned work, part of ISSUE’s Distant Pairs series, will also be presented to Japanese audiences on Saturday, July 24th 8pm Japan Standard Time (7am ET).

7月22日(木)AvanTokyoとISSUE Project Roomは、ベルリンを拠点とする作曲家・音楽家のRashad Beckerと日本のサウンドアーティストFuji||||||||||taの初のコラボレーション作品「not to be or not not to be」を、AvanTokyoとISSUEのサイトでストリーミング配信にて発表します。
ISSUEのDistant Pairsシリーズの一部であるこの委託作品は、日本時間7月24日(土)8pm(7am ET)から日本のオーディエンスに向けても発信予定です。

Although Rashad is mainly active as a solo artist, with recent releases such as the cycle Traditional Music Of Notional Species released across two volumes on PAN, and the multi-part work Based On A True Story, he has maintained a series of permanent collaborations alongside Eli Keszler, Moritz von Oswald, and as a member of the formation Moleglove. Other and more sporadic collaborators have been Okkyung Lee, Andre Vida, Ashley Paul, and Valerio Tricoli. Since 2006, Fuji||||||||||ta has a similarly expansive history of solo performances and collaborative works with musicians, such as ∈Y∋ (Boredoms), Akio Suzuki, Keiji Haino, Koichi Makigami and more. In 2020, he released the albums “iki” [Hallow Ground] and “KŌMORI” [Boomkat Editions].

Rashadは主にソロパフォーマンスを行っており、最近ではPANから2巻にわたってリリースされた『Traditional Music Of Notional Species』や、複数のパートからなる『Based On A True Story』などを発表していますが、Eli Keszler、Moritz von Oswald とのパーマネントコラボレーションや、フォーメーション「Moleglove」のメンバーとしての活動も行っています。他にもOkkyung Lee、Andre Vida、Ashley Paul、Valerio Tricoliなどと散発的なコラボレーションを行っています。
2006年以降、Fuji||||||||||taも同様に、ソロパフォーマンスに加えて∈Y∋(ボアダムス)、Akio Suzuki、Keiji Haino、Koichi Makigamiなどのミュージシャンとのコラボレーション作品を発表しています。2020年には、アルバム”iki”[Hallow Ground]と”KŌMORI”[Boomkat Editions]をリリースしています。

During the Summer 2021, ISSUE is commissioning artists to produce collaborative work at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted their ability to travel and perform, and altered the nature of collective work and performance. Pairing artists in disparate locations who cannot work together in “traditional” ways, the Distant Pairs series examines the collaborative process, methods of working, and partnership amidst these constrained conditions.

2021年夏、ISSUEはCOVID-19のパンデミックにより移動やパフォーマンス自体の制約を受けるようになったミュージシャンたちに向けコラボレーションワークを依頼しこのDistant Pairsシリーズで従来の方法では行えない、新たな共同作業のプロセス、パートナーシップを検証しています。

Notes from Rashad Becker & Fuji||||||||||ta on “not to be or not not to be”

not to be or not not to be
a scrapbook of sensitivities in scarcity of acumen
(a tiny cycle of 8 visual scores for supervised soliloquy)

everything is
there is nothing that is not
there is not nothing that is not not
everything is anything because it is not nothing
there is not anything that is not not nothing
not anything is something because it is not not nothing
anything is something because it is everything not
anything is fine because something is not
why is there not nothing instead of nothing
not not communicating is an option not
colloquy is not not monology not
choice is an experience not unless erasure
not to be or not not to be, that’s the question.

rashad becker
composer and musician, berlin
started not not being in 1970
started losing trust in 1983
started losing hope in 1989
started losing discipline in 1993
started losing hair in 2005
started losing perspective in 2020
some items still available

rashad becker
1970年 not not being in スタート
1983年 losing trust スタート
1989年 losing hope スタート
1993年 losing discipline スタート
2005年 losing hair スタート
2020年 losing perspective スタート

FUJI||||||||||TA is a Sound Artist living in Japan. He creates his unique sound art and music which takes various natural phenomena that respond to his interest in wanting to hear unheard sounds and noises. In 2009 Fujita hand fabricated an original instrument, a Pipe Organ. It has only 11 pipes and no keyboard. Fujita made it with his own imagination, without any specialized knowledge. It was designed to create a landscape rather than function as a musical instrument. He got the idea from Japanese “gagaku.” The air pump (called “FUIGO”) which is kept moving with the left hand when playing, is based on an ancient blacksmith’s. There is only one instrument in the world, so there is no way to play at first. So he had to take the time to find it. The water element (with sound synthesized water tanks) has recently been added on his performance repertoire. The music consists of water sounds from multiple aquariums alongside his pipe organ, and his voice. He has presented his sound installation works in many contexts : the work “CELL”, which made audible the sounds of black soldier fly maggots buried in dirt, was exhibited in Sapporo International Art Festival 2017 and attracted a great deal of interest in Fujita’s artistic practice. A performance with an organ and 4 water tanks were performed in MODE (London) in 2019.


∈Y∋(ボアダムス)との共作舞台「メモリーム」(2015)や、山川冬樹との共作公演「カントリー・ジェントルメン」(2013)など多くのコラボレーション・ワークをはじめ、ソロでは東京都庭園美術館や瀬戸内国際芸術祭などを舞台としたDOMMUNEでのライブ・パフォーマンス、ソロ公演「NOISEEM」(複数台の水槽によるマルチチャンネル音響舞台作品)を2018年に初演、TPAM2019にて再演。その後、ロンドン(MODE 2019)にて上演をしている。

AvanTokyo looks beyond anime and idols, probing Japan’s ‘live houses’ and experimental venues, where creators push new forms of expression unreached by mainstream media. Offering Japanese artists performance and residency opportunities in New York, AvanTokyo facilitates cultural interactions between Japan and the United States.



AvanTokyo and ISSUE Project Room present Distant Pairs: Rashad Becker and FUJI||||||||||TA. Thu 22 Jul, 2021, 8pm (EST) and Sat 24 Jul, 2021, 8pm (JT).

Founded in 2003, ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering nonprofit performance center, presenting projects by interdisciplinary artists that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue in the broader community. ISSUE serves as a leading cultural incubator, facilitating the commission and premiere of innovative new works.  

ISSUE Project Roomは、2003年に設立された非営利のパフォーマンスセンターで、幅広いコミュニティの中でカテゴリーを超えた学際的でイノベーティブな挑戦をするアーティスト達に委託作品の機会を提供する文化的インキュベーターとしての役割を果たしています。