Roppongi Hills is a complex cultural facility that includes several skyscrapers, a multiplex cinema, a shopping mall and an art museum. This is a new town that was developed with the point of view of the urban renovation. Roppongi Hills Arena is a circular multipurpose space with the unique concept “the urban style outdoor entertainment space”.
The live art performance “Inter/Action” was divided into two parts and “Salvanilla” and “Lap Top Orchestra” had a performance at each part.
Forefront creators Christphe Charles, Takamasa Aoki and Yoshihiro Hanno appeared with lap top computers in the first performance. The lap top computer is a necessary tool in the musical process today and they presented an impromptu live performance. The style of their performance was interesting. Each creator freely played a 2-minute-sequence with rhythms and sounds that Charles made, as well as scores with keywords, and they repeated that process for 32 minutes. Sound systems and lap top computers were set in a circle in order to use the features of the circular arena effectively. Within this setting, they created three-dimensional space with sounds.
Once the performance got started, visuals were on a screen and they synchronized with the sounds.The sounds from the computers of the artists lit the screen as a real-time wave and I could visually and physically feel the sounds.It was also quite enjoyable to imagine who is making the sound during the performance.
I took part in this event on both days and I could enjoy various sounds because they presented impromptu performances. I think this is a kind of the real pleasure of a liver performance. Since they play with computers, data will never be changed. Therefore, the life of laptops can be vague. Is itjust “playback” or “performanc"? However, several artists systematically mixing each sound with lap top computers can be a new method that allows us to avoid the problems above. This is why those performers are continuing to look for other ways. I could not see the completed style but I felt it could be anything because the idea is interesting.
“Salvanilla” presented a mixed-media performance with the theme ofcommunication reality at the edge of the urban informative space. Performers in futuristic costumes were energetically and rhythmically moving within a stage to express pranoia of people in an urban city. Their performance gave audiences the impression that something like the paranoia of people is there if we get rid of the humanity within things. We could imagine the light of the urban city from a musical machine “Optron” that Atsuhiro Ito made and noisy electronic sounds and a live drum sound created dark atmosphere as well. I cannot say that this performance was a comfortable one but I could feel the power of reality that we cannot take our eyes from that.
We have little chance to experience music and art under the sky in the city centre. It was a nice occasion where I could appreciate the performance art while I was looking at the sky between buildings. If these spacesincrease in the city, more people will casually visit events. It will give artists a chance that they can find new ability of expression that is specialized for this kind of space.
Inter/Action – Birth Plan by Salvanilla
Date: (Fri.) 27, (Sat.) 28 June 2003
Place: Roppongi Hills Arena
Address: Roppongi Hills, 6-10-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo