Visiting Researcher (2017 – 18)
Tomoko Hojo is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher working within the field of experimental music and sound art. Through performing historical avant-garde musical works, her practice involves site-specific sound work, referring to archival materials, field recordings and storytelling. In 2015 Hojo completed two masters degrees in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication and in Creativity of Arts and the Environment at Tokyo University of the Arts. Her time as Visiting Reeesearcher at CRISAP was supported as part of an Overseas Research Fellowship supported by Pola Art Foundation.
Hojo has written about the pre-history of Sound Art in Japan from 1950s to 1970s, focusing on exhibited sound works. Notable publications include After Musicking, edited by Yoshitaka Mōri (Tokyo University of the Arts Press). The work Reborn Sounds, part of an ongoing collaborative project with Swiss-born sound artist Rahel Kraft, highlights the subjective, hidden, private relationships between sound and place through interviews with the local community. Their next work will be presented in March 2018 at the Contemporary Art Center, Nairs, Switzerland. She also coordinates and performs as part of the Tokyo based Ensemble for Experimental Music and Theater (EEMT), which explores the questions around theatre and notation propounded by John Cage.