Second Hong Kong sound art event celebrates silence – event alert


“Sound Friction No2: The Zen Ensemble” is part two in a series of sound art events being held in Hong Kong under the banner of Sound Friction. According to the organisers, experimental record label Re-Records and Videotage, a non-profit new media organisation, artists in The Zen Ensemble will be exploring “the composition and performance of silence” matched with “stunning live visuals.” The event is free to attend and hopes to attract “electronics and sound art lovers.”

We have published the press release announcing the details of “Sound Friction No2: The Zen Ensemble” below or you can read it online here.

The Zen Ensemble

Date: 17 December 2010 (Friday)
Time: 9:15 – 11 pm
Venue: Videotage
Address: Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kln, HK

Free admission (Seats are limited, RSVP at
*Alongside with Videotage’s Christmas gathering


mAtter from Tokyo, featuring Yukitomo Hamasaki + shotahirama (Electronic), Go Koyashiki (Electronic), Toshikazu Goto (Electronic) + Fumiko Ikeda (Voice)
Alok (Electronic), KWC (Electronic), Sin:Ned (Silence, Live Visuals) From Hong Kong

As the second gig of the series Sound Friction, The Zen Ensemble will be the most noiseless and tranquil sound performance of this year.

Inspired by the concept of emptiness in Zen Buddhism, the dynamic Japanese multi-disciplinary group mAtter, together with selected Hong Kong sound artists, will bring us The Zen Ensemble – a conceptual group that explores the composition and performance of silence.

For this special performance, a set of rules is composed to guide the artists to play ‘silence’ rather than making sound. In Zen Buddhism (an adaptation of Chinese Buddhism), it is said that our existence can only be found in the silence of the mind (or in fact, no-mind). The Zen Ensemble will be the first and only sound performance in Hong Kong that invites you to experience the absence of sound.

Together with stunning live visuals, this quiet sound revolution of The Zen Ensemble at Videotage is definitely a must-go for electronics and sound art lovers.

More more details, please visit:,23660,0,8268626.html

About the artists:

mAtter is a sound & design project, with works centering around Yukitomo Hamasaki. The label takes approaches from various media such as sound design, architecture, and product design, in which the members interpret and restructures these concepts in different ways based on their own perspection, and try to achieve the goal of constructing dense space. The members of mAtter are not fixed, they collaborate depend on the projects. Its members consist of musicians, architects, video artists, and writers. Current members include:
Yukitomo Hamasaki:
Go Koyashiki:
Junji Koyanagi:

Sin:Ned is an idiosyncratic audio experimentalist, writer and live visualist. He is also a member of No One Pulse and the co-founder of the experimental imprint Re-Records.

While not designing, KWC spends time cutting loops and recording with his non-standard portable devices, he’s 1/2 of the electro-acoustic improvisation duo No One Pulse. While not making sounds, KWC spends time designing under the alias of Sleepatwork and occasionally curating art projects as well.

Sound artist, guitarist and bassist. In 2002, he set up his own record label Lona Records, and started working as a producer. From the end of 2002 to 2009, he released 5 albums and 5 cd singles. He has played and participated in more than 100 shows and experimental events / projects in Hong Kong and China.

About the Organisers:

[Doc: Documentary/Documents] – archiving art related projects, exhibitions, and installations.
[On: On Location] – an attempt to focus on field recordings and other site specific recordings.

Videotage is a leading non-profit organisation in facilitation, promoting and presenting new media art in Hong Kong. Since 1986, Videotage has developed itself from an umbrella for media artists to a media art and culture network for cross-disciplinary cultural productions and international exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Enquiry: Ms. Hilda Chan / (852) 2573-1869/


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