The search for sound generates the shape. In seeking a shape, sound appears. (Lolo & Sosaku,
Lolo (born 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Sosaku (born 1976 in Tokyo, Japan) meet each other for the first time in 2004 in Barcelona. Since then they have become inseparably and act as artist duo Lolo & Sosaku. At first they cooperate in a wide range of artistic expressions - as painters, sculptors, street artists and video-artists –, where Lolo and Sosaku discover a mutual interest in an experimental way of exploring the arts and creating new art forms.
In 2005 they start to concentrate on an intense and experimental investigation of music and sound. Two albums, "First Album" (2008) and "Light – Night" (2009), are recorded and state a different concept of music. At that time Lolo and Sosaku start to invent and sculpt their first instruments composed of wood, nylon strings, lead weights and other, mostly, recycled materials, in order to create a new kind of music.
The instruments work by the mechanism of the pendulum, or through the use of other elements as sticks, for example, which are used by the artists themselves, and activate the sound of the instrument. Inserted contact microphones capture tiny sound vibrations, that are inaudible sounds in human being, and permit a complete transmission of noise - an experimental interplay between instruments and rhythms, created through human interaction. 2010 the first performative sound installation is created in the course of the Festival NOVA, taking place in the Museum MIS (Sao Paulo), Cinemateca do Brasil (Sao Paulo) and Fundação Casa França Brasil (Rio de Janeiro). In 2012 Lolo & Sosaku are invited to perform their sound
happening at the music festival Sónar (Barcelona), which enables their breakthrough in Spain and results in plural performances at important institutions as the Museo Reina Sofia and Matadero, Madrid (among others).
Shortly after, the second generation of instruments is being built, in which the spectator gains in importance and becomes part of the artwork itself. With the help of sticks, pendulums and weights, the observer is invited to interact and form symbiosis with the instruments.
The self-awareness of the participating recipient and the experience of sound becomes a new and important element in Lolo and Sosaku’s work. In 2013 they give the concert "Acuastico" (Madrid, 2013), where the audience under water submerges literally in the sound world of the artist duo.
A year later the series "Motores" (2014) is generated. The innovation -the used motors- gives the constituting title of this third generation, which is characterized through an independent performance of the instruments themselves. No human interaction is needed; the instruments start to move autonomously through the motors, which determine rhythm and noise. Thus, a new visual (moving character of the instruments) and acoustical experience (creaking and rasping wood of each moving part of the instrument) is evoked.
Their recent sculptures have become bigger and more complex. New materials, such as fabrics, crystal panels and water. plastic sheets are applied and give the wooden structures a "skin", under which the sculpture moves and creates new shapes.
The recent installations "Stellar" at Tower A, Suzhou, China, "Cross", Iasi, Romania "Blue" Luis Adelantado Valencia and "Ipso Erit" at MACBA, Barcelona, are made of aluminium and integrate the entire exhibition space to complete the spectators’ experience of the work.
Lolo and Sosaku’s sonic sculptures enable the recipient to experience sound as an outcome of primordial categories such as space and time, noise and silence, force and counterforce, action and passivity.
Lolo and Sosaku’s work has been exhibited and performed, amongst others, at Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009), Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo (2010), Fundação Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2011), Sónar, Barcelona (2012), Matadero, Madrid (2013), Fundació Gaspar, Barcelona (2016), Festival Bien Urbain, Besançon, France (2016), Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2016), Borderline Art Space, Iasi, Romania (2017). Upcoming exhibitions will be realized in November 2017 at MAVA Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcón, 2018 at O Art Center, Shanghai, Boiler Room / Luis
Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, Spain, MACBA museum of contemporary art of Barcelona, Spain.
RESUME (Selection of Exhibitions, Sound Performances and other projects)
September 2018: "Stellar II" O Gallery, Shanghai, China
September/Octuber 2018: Residency at Fuyang Powerlong, Shanghai, China
"Ipso Erit" MACBA, museum of contemporary art of Barcelona, Spain.
"Blue" Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain
"Disco" Mental Stones, Delta del Ebro, Spain
"Working glass", MAVA Mused Arte en Vidrio Alcorcón, Spain
"Stellar", Tower A. Private Collector’s Space, Suzhou, China
"Hombre Masa", Palace of Culture, Iasi, Romania
"Humedal", Temps de Flors, Girona
"Hybrid Matter", curated by Irma Marco and Anna Manaia, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona
"Snacks" curated by Gong Yan at Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
"Gold" curated by Tangent Projects, Fundació Gaspar, Barcelona
"Bien Urbain", curated by Escif, Besançon, France
"My strange addiction", UV estudios, Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Montania", Galeria do Montemoro o Nove, Portugal
Residency at Oficinas do Convento, Montemor-o- Novo, Portugal
October 2015 - June 2016
Educational Art Project: "EnResidència", Institut Milà i Fontanals, Barcelona, Spain
"Fustes, cordes i motors", Convent de Sant Agusti, Barcelona
"Motors", Lo Pati, Centre d’Art de les Terres de l’Ebre, Amposta, Spain
"Summer Time", Yusto/Giner Gallery, Marbella, Spain
"Debens Remix Sessions", Galeria Senda, Barcelona
"Concierto subacuático", Piscina M86, Madrid
Sound Performance for Sónar, Capella MACBA, Barcelona
"Música Máquina", Superficie Gallery, Barcelona
"La velocidad y el paisaje", Matadero, Madrid
Residency + Sound performance at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona
"Sónar Kids", Museum Cosmocaixa, Barcelona
"Stethoscope", Cinemateca do Brasil, Sao Paulo
"Rojo Nova", Fundação Casa França, Rio de Janeiro
"Rojo Nova", Museum MIS (Image and Sound), Sao Paulo
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Photo by Cecilia Diaz Betz