Silence spins, 2012

Seigen Ono, Ryuichi Sakamato and Shiro Takatani
Silence spins, 2012
Aural Sonic panels, Shizuka Stillness panels, cloth and parametric loudspeakers
235 x 190 x 190 cm
Installation view
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation


In 1978, Ryuichi Sakamoto was a founding member of the electronic band Yellow Magic Orchestra; that same year, he released the solo album The Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto.

His film soundtracks have won numerous awards, among which are an Academy Award (for The Last Emperor) two Golden Globes, a Grammy and a British Film Academy Award, in addition to several Japanese awards for his most famous score, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Since 3/11 in Japan, Sakamoto has been deeply involved in helping the victims of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, launching three charity organisations, kizunaworld, LIFE311 and School Music Revival.

This person is part of Sharjah Biennial 11


Sakamoto, Ryuichi

Silence Spins

The installation Silence Spins is an infinite aural tearoom, seemingly without walls. This is accomplished by building walls that do not reflect sound – or at least, do so at a barely perceptible level.