photo: Tsubasa Fujikura

Chanting of Deaf Water


The Memory of the Ayoro River

Shirao; Japan




The Chanting of Deaf Water is drawing a line to the deafness of the Ayoro River, which, according to its history, became a road in the Kojohama neighborhood, changing its shape, leaving only the memory trace of the water flow that surrounded us once. The field sound recording of the streams of the Ayoro River circulates within the glass objects through our bodies and our cohabitation within the Kannonji temple in its temporal context opens up memory spaces of a landscape that was once alive. 

In the project Chanting of Deaf Water, the artist works with sound in the context of landscape memory, where she uses the metaphor of deafness as a sensory perception of sound, the physical and visual qualities of listening will be revealed to the sounder. At the same time, the artist invites you to explore the throat singing technique, which draws attention to the internal sensors of our own body, where through the structures of the anatomical tubes inside us, a sound is born that vibrates within us like instruments that are able to broadcast this sound to the environment while maintaining the memory of the vibration and feeling of sound inside. This sound takes on a physical form within us and we can translate this sound into a new method of preserving the archives of our environment. 


Aomineyama Kannonji Temple