An Odd Couple: Lolo and Sosaku Create Unexpected MelodyJuxtapoz // Thursday, 12 Aug 2010
Lolo and Sosaku is a pair of artists and musicians with more than a few tricks up their sleeve. We caught up with them at the MIS in Sao Paulo as they were putting finishing touches on their NOVA installation, which is an impressive combination of visual and auditory creations.
Lolo (above, left) is from Argentina and Sosaku (above, right) is from Tokyo. They met in Barcelona and now both live there full-time experimenting with sound, street art, and almost everything in between. They are the type of artists that are sheerly in it to make something new. To explore. To invent. Somewhat shy, but generous in their explanation of their concepts, we began to unravel their complex pieces.
Drawn together by their mutual interest in creating unusual sounds, they began recording…almost everything. “We both like things very noisy,” Sosaku tells us. We ask what instruments they play, to which they give each other a quick glance and reply, “Umm, everything?” Their aim is to use traditional instruments, along with everyday sounds (they apparently particularly enjoyed an experience recording the sounds of themselves eating bread) to create an entirely new auditory experience.
The pair explains all this while adjusting pieces of floating metal and wood suspended from the ceiling. Sosaku turns on an amp in the corner of the room and jerks one of the many strings connected to other wooden objects, metals, and strings - which view more like the invention of an eccentric scientist than an art piece.
And then the sound commences. It hits you viscerally and the reaction is a combination of sheer surprise and awe, which quickly shifts to fascination as your eyes dart from string to triangle, pendulum to wooden box, trying to locate the origin of each unique sound bite. But the attempt is useless, the structure is too well constructed and the sounds bounce around too quickly for a human eye to follow.
Relenting to the cohesive auditory experience isn’t exactly beautiful in the traditional sense – the sounds are rather obtuse and at times jarring – but when absorbed all together, the sounds, the suspended structures from which they originate, as well as three surrounding walls covered in splattered paint, hanging sticks, clothespins, and cans of spray paint, you suddenly realize that it’s one grand interconnected piece of work, perhaps even akin to the way the universe is tethered together. Everything individual in its place, but inextricably intertwined.
“It’s about moments, quiet moments.”