The word ‘climatotherapy’ refers to a type of physical and mental treatment which utilizes the influence of climate on the human body, exemplified by treatments in the Dead Sea or at hot springs. Climatotherapy was an installation presented by Nozomu Matsumoto & Nile Koetting at ASSEMBLY in 2018, comprised of sound, light, smell, ikebana and virtual assistant Alexa is a key component, repurposed to generate live and enunciate various suggestions and tips throughout, what we should do, how we should live.
With these elements in dialogue, the installation became its own microclimate. Populated by household audio technologies, corporate messages weave through musical reproductions to create an ever-changing soundtrack for our relationship with ever-changing technologies. As our preference settings hack, repurpose and adapt our technological world into new causes, these devices become an aesthetic, a physical manifestation of the dialogue between mass industry and human environment. Climatotherapy questions how the human body is conditioned by its environment in the time and space of cloudified body, mind, and information.
Part of the Deep Listen, a new series for Somerset House Studios in which we share long-form audio content, new or archive, featuring interviews, discussions and creative responses to ideas of connection and commonality.
Nozomu Matsumoto is a Tokyo-based artist and composer. His sound design work includes Nile Koetting’s “Sustainable Hours” at Maison Hermés, Tokyo 2016, and “FUKAMI, une plongée dans l’esthétique japonaise” at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, 2018. Nozomu released his remarkable first vinyl “Climatotherapy” and début for UK based label The Death of Rave, 2018.
Nile Koetting is an artist working across installation, performance, scenography, sound and composition. His work and projects have been presented at Moscow Biennale 2017, ZKM Karlsruhe, Hebbel Am Ufer Theater, Western Front, Mori Art Museum, Maison Hermès Tokyo Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
Together, Nozomu and Nile are founders of online sound curatorial platform EBM(T), collaborating and presenting works by various artists such as Shana Moulton Lars Holdhus, aka TCF, Sam Kidel and Robin Mackay. EBM(T) curated a part from the show in “Tokyo Art Meeting VI TOKYO: Sensing the Cultural Magma of the Metropolis” at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015, also in 2017 EBM(T) co-curated a music and art festival “INFRA インフラ” presenting artist’s work in a museum, gallery and clubs in Tokyo.
This episode reflects upon a performance installation presented at ASSEMBLY 2018, developed from a release by Nozomu on The Death of Rave. Co-produced with Music Hackspace.
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