Artist

Ei WADA

Ei WADA

BARCODE-BOARDING

INTRODUCTION

BARCODE-BOARDING

Wada produces performances that combine old electronic appliances with modern technology to create new musical instruments and ways of playing them. In this work, he creates a new world that combines street culture and engineering. In collaboration with local skateboarders, he uses technology to recycle obsolete and off-the-shelf appliances into an electronic sound system, offering a new way to enjoy skateboarding in the process. A modified barcode laser is attached to the bottom of a skateboard, and as the skateboard moves across a skate park covered with striped patterns, the reader scans the barcode-like patterns to generate electronic sounds. The skaters bring their wild street skating spirit to the venue as sounds echo throughout the park. Both locals and visitors alike are able to participate, allowing for improvisational sound performances for whoever happens to be present at that moment.

BARCODE-BOARDING / BARCODE-PARK Co-creation team:Ei WADA × Kitakyushu Skateboard Association × NISHINIPPON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Musical instrument production support: Hideki TANAKA, Nicos Orchest-Lab, Shiro YAMAMOTO
Skateboard development support: UMIE+NEWOLD
FINGERBOARD SKATE SECTION provision: NUKENUKE CHACCARI
Kokura-ori textitle provision: KOKURA SHIMA SHIMA INC.

PROFILE

Artist/musician. Born in 1987 in Tokyo. Lives in Tokyo. Ei Wada began working as an artist and musician while still a student, occupying a space between music and the visual arts. In 2009, he formed Open Reel Ensemble, a group that performs live music using instruments fashioned from vintage reel-to-reel tape machines. That same year, he won the Japan Media Arts Festival's Excellence Award in the Art Division for his musical performance art piece Braun Tube Jazz Band, in which CRT TVs were used as instruments. His work has been presented in concert and at exhibitions and events around the world, including Ars Electronica and Sónar. He has also contributed music to the unveilings of collections from ISSEY MIYAKE in Paris on 11 separate occasions. In 2015, Wada launched ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS!, a musical ensemble project in which old electrical appliances are brought back to life as new electromagnetic musical instruments. For this ongoing project, Wada won the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's New Artist Award in 2017.