Artistic Collaborations:

COCKY EEK ( visual artist / designer )

Kenzo has been working in close artistic collaboration with Dutch designer / visual artist Cocky Eek, who always creates magical chemistry with elemental grace of air, perceptions and space in her neumatological, inflatable art works that she creates. Cocky often invites Kenzo to join her artistic journey, to experiment lively and have multiple dialogues with her art works in vibrant conjunction with the physical presence and movement of the performer, the sound and the live audience in the shared space; fused with spark of curiosity and surprise, leading the emerging penomenon and tactile experience to the further dimensions in often unexpected and improvisational live performance situations.

www.cockyeek.com

© Cocky Eek

STRIPE //// Cocky Eek, Gert-Jan Prins & Kenzo Kusuda

STRIPE //// (1) (2) (3) - * Gert-Jan Prins version

Stripe designed by: Cocky Eek | music: Gert-Jan Prins | dance: Kenzo Kusuda | filmed by: Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou | edited by: Kenzo Kusuda | at Mediamatic Amsterdam, NL

* Special thanks for the incredible support and energy given by; Theun Karelse / FoAM and lovely people from KABK Royal Academy of Visual Art / Master Art Science Department where Cocky Eek regulary teaches wonderful stuff members of Mediamatics Amsterdam, Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou, Philip Vermeulen, and fantastic and curious audience who came to visit and experience STRIPE performance at Mediamatic Amsterdam.

STRIPE :::: Cocky Eek, Aki Onda & Kenzo Kusuda

STRIPE :::: (1) (2) (3) - * Aki Onda version

Stripe designed by: Cocky Eek | music: Aki Onda | dance: Kenzo Kusuda | filmed by: Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou | edited by: Kenzo Kusuda | at Mediamatic Amsterdam, NL

* Special thanks for the incredible support and energy given by; Theun Karelse / FoAM and lovely people from KABK Royal Academy of Visual Art / Master Art Science Department where Cocky Eek regulary teaches wonderful stuff members of Mediamatics Amsterdam, Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand, Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou, Philip Vermeulen, and fantastic and curious audience who came to visit and experience STRIPE performance at Mediamatic Amsterdam.


Kenzo Kusuda about Echokamer 18 ( interview Mediamatic )

ECHOKAMER invites musicians, composers and other sound makers experiment with the affect of space on sound and on the experience of sound and music. For this special edition of Echokamer, dancer Kenzo Kusuda will explore the architecture of Cocky Eek's latest installation' Stripe' to the magical sounds of Aki Onda, the renowned Japanese tape musician. Using the big inflatable cube as a starting point, Kenzo will improvise with the surrounding phenomena...the environment, the sound, the lighting and even the audience.

Cocky Eek Cocky Eek started experimenting with lightness and flight by building replicas of da Vinci's wings and physically trying them out. Her research showed that the mechanics of flight are alien to our human-body and challenge our neuro-architecture; many participants who tried to fly with her wings were so overwhelmed by the proprioceptive sensation of flight that they vomited. Once overcome, the techniques of steering could be mastered to an impressive level. She studies and captures the dynamics of air, pneumatics and airflow by developing membranes and surfaces. Her approach blends quite naturally with dancer and choreographer Kenzo Kusuda who explores the dynamics and movement of the body in similar ways and in similar depth. Kenzo Kusuda Holland-based Japanese choreographer / dancer Kenzo Kusuda reveals poetry through the dancing body. Kusuda takes the audience to a world filled with imagination. His work is possessed by a mystic beauty that lies beyond the perception of our physical senses. With the body's movement on an almost empty stage, he is able to reveal the invisible through his very personal and intense movement language. Aki Onda Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer, and visual artist. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project -- works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of two decades. Onda's musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In another of his projects, Cinemage, Onda shows slide projections of still photo images, shot by himself, as a performance or installation. However, for this event it is likely to be more instrument based, highlighting his eclectic musical knowledge and skill.

Onda has collaborated with artists such as Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Paul Clipson, Alan Licht, Loren Connors, MV Carbon, Oren Ambarchi, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros, Jac Berrocal, Lionel Marchetti, Linda Sharrock, and Blixa Bargeld. Lightness In an age where everyone is affected by the weight of society, the overbearing fears of the economy and the heavy hand of government, 'lightness' is the way forward. Let go of the material and celebrate the ethereal with 11 weeks of 'lightness'. Each week Mediamatic invites a new artist to question the meaning of 'lightness'.