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Zakkubalan, in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto

Zakkubalan, est. 2016, New York, USA. Live and work New York, USA
Ryuichi Sakamoto, b. 1952, Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works New York, USA

async – volume, 2017

24-channel video installation
Dimensions variable
Collection of Kinetic Art & Business Inc.

In 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto launched ‘async.’ His 19th solo album was a meditation on sound and visuality, testing possible ways of restoring image through sound, or of analysing sound through the moving image. The New York-based artist collective Zakkubalan collaborated with Sakamoto to present a behind-the-scenes portrait of the composer and his creative process. Natural field audio captured in Sakamoto’s New York studio entwines with music from ‘async’ to create an ever-shifting ambient soundscape. Concurrently, 24 video screens in a darkened room convey a sense of a familiar photographic montage. In async – volume, visitors enter a private universe of creation and inspiration – a lived space, one abstracted by the modulation of sound and music.


Zakkubalan (est. 2016, New York, USA) is an artist duo, consisting of Neo S. Sora and Albert Tholen, working in the intersection of film and photography. The pair graduated from Wesleyan University, where Albert Tholen was a 2017 IFP-Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film. They have exhibited at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Sogetsu Art Center and the Sezon Art Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, as well as at the Reborn-Art Festival, Japan (2017). They live and work in New York, USA.  

Ryuichi Sakamoto (b. 1952, Tokyo, Japan) is an internationally renowned music composer, performer, producer and environmentalist. His work, in a practice spanning some 30 years, includes pioneering electronic music as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra, classical pieces, minimal/ambient music, world music, several art collaborations and over 30 film scores. He has won numerous awards and accolades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Grammy and many more. Recent works include the film score for ‘The Revenant’ (2015), his 14th solo album ‘async’ (2017) and a new sound installation ‘IS YOUR TIME’ (2017) with Shiro Takatani. He lives and works in New York, USA.