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Biography

Artist / engineer, Kanta Horio (b. 1978, Hiroshima) studied acoustics and computer music at Kyushu Institute of Design. His performance and installation works are assembled with his self-made machines for generating spontaneous activities of objects or interactions between sound, light, and vibration. He develops electronic devices for commissioned projects as well, now focusing on musical instruments combining user interface and physical vibration.

Selected performances

2015
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Yebisu Garden Hall, Tokyo
Full of Noise Festival, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow in Furness, UK
Yo No Bi tour, cafe OTO, London, UK
Yo No Bi tour, The Tetley, Leeds, UK

2014
MEDIA/ART KITCHEN AOMORI, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori
Project Glocal in Manila, First Unite Building, Manila, Phillipines

2013

DIY MUSIC: OUTRAGE, SuperDeluxe, Tokyo
MEDIA/ART KITCHEN, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Boombox-Mellotron Project (Junichi Matsuzaki, Kobayashi Radio, Kanta Horio, Takako Minekawa), Vacant, Tokyo

2012

PRETEXTING LEONARDO DA VINCI, Espace 400e Bell, Quebec City, Canada
Senju Flying Orchstra, Arakawa river, Tokyo
majikick no hi, Château Koganei, Tokyo

2011
ensembles2010 closing live, Art Tower Mito, Mito
related event of ‘Vibrations of Entities’, NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo
Kanta Horio + contactGonzo, Social Kitchen, Kyoto
OTOMO Yoshihide LIVE ENSEMBLES, Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo
maginary impedance, ccott ddang, Seoul, Korea
re:re:freq, COMMENT ALLEZ VOUS, Fukuoka

2010
A/V Festival, The Star And Shadow Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
stench, The Independent Arts Centre, Leicester, UK
interlace, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Otoasobinokai, Arts Chiyoda 3331, Tokyo
Japan Jew’s Harp Association, Enban, Tokyo
Improvised Music from Japan 2009 festival, loop-line, Tokyo
sun and escape again (Yuko Mohri + Tetsuya Umeda + Kanta Horio), Uplink Factory, Tokyo
Allnight Kaitai (Tetsuya Umeda + Kanta Horio), AD&A Gallery, Osaka

2009
Teiden EXPO (Black out EXPO) (Tetsuya UMEDA, Megumi KAMIMURA, contact Gonzo, Neji Pijin, Kanta HORIO), International Festival for Arts and Media, Yokohama, Japan
ensembles 09 Rest-ful Musical Devices (Otomo Yoshihide + Kanta Horio + Atsuhiro Ito + Yuko Mohri + Sachiko M + Tetsuya Umeda + Fuyuki Yamakawa), 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Spark Festival, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

2008
Play. Cine en directo, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Open End, NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
Tetsuya Umeda Solo Exhibition Mon, ARCUS Studio, Moriya, Japan
courtisane festival, Vooruit, Gent, Belgium
Acte 5, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona, Spain
Röhsska museet, Göteborg, Sweden
ZENSORS, RADIALSYSTEM V, Berlin, Germany
Experimentica Festival, with Paul Granjon, Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff, Wales

2007
Kill Your Timid Notion 2007, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland
5daysoff, Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aoba-Ennichi 2, Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan
Time Based Art Festival 07, Wonder ballroom, Portland, USA
Vancouver New Music, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, Canada
Some Cats From Japan, The Kitchen, New York, USA

2006
Zettai Antena Returns vol.1, Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan
Rader5, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
The Self-made Instruments Parade, Uplink Factory, Tokyo, Japan
New Generation of Japanese Sound Artists, Zoobizarre, Montreal, Canada
Images Festival – Some Cats from Japan, Toronto, Canada
Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Leon, Leon, Mexico
Sonar 2006, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
TECHNOPORITAN MUSEUM, Nihonbashi, Osaka, Japan

2005
Off-ICMC, Metrònom, Barcelona, Spain
Tokyo Performing Arts Market 2005, Marunouchi Building Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Bend++, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
Denshi Mansaku Cafe in Festival Beyond Innocence 2005, Bridge, Osaka, Japan
Zettai Anttena vol.35, offsite, Tokyo, Japan

2004
CEAIT festival, Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Los Angels, USA
live n_exit, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan
New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME’04), Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Shizuoka, Japan

2003
Digital Music Festival 2003, Xebec, Kobe, Japan
rhythm escape 3, Butterfly, Fukuoka, Japan
pimplepeople, gallery SOAP, Fukuoka, Japan

Selected solo exhibitions

2013
Control of Light, ONE, Shanghai, China

2011
Kanta Horio Solo Exhibition, 20202, Tokyo

2009
Rest-ful Musical Devices (Otomo Yoshihide + Kanta Horio + Atsuhiro Ito + Yuko Mohri + Sachiko M + Tetsuya Umeda + Fuyuki Yamakawa), 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
5V&100V, Artspace Tetra, Fukuoka, Japan
spontaneous phenomenon (w/Paul Granjon), AD&A gallery, Osaka, Japan

Selected group exhibitions

2015
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Yebisu Garden Hall, Tokyo
Full of Noise Festival, Cookes Studios, Barrow-in-Furness, UK
Yo No Bi tour, The Tetley, Leeds, UK

2014
MEDIA/ART KITCHEN, Bangkok Art&Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
MEDIA/ART KITCHEN AOMORI, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori
Wonderfruit Festival, Pattaya, Thailand

2013
MEDIA/ART KITCHEN, Black Box – Map KL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Boombox-Mellotron Project (Junichi Matsuzaki, Kobayashi Radio, Kanta Horio), Vacant, Tokyo

2012

hARTsuden, artist-run-space merdre, Tokyo
Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec , Le Lieu, Quebec, Canada

Natsuyasumi no Bonsaiten, Enban, Tokyo
Fantastic 2012, Porte de Roubaix, Lille, France
Art & Music -Search for New Synesthesia (Otomo Yoshihide, Horio Kanta, Sachiko M, Aoyama Yasutomo, Mohri Yuko), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
Mikke Konohana, New Chidoribashi Bulding, Osaka

2010
VIA festival, Espace Sculfort, Maubeuge, France
EXIT fesival, Maison des Arts Creteil, Creteil, France
Dancing Machines, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France
Vibrations of Entities, NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo
OTOMO Yoshihide “ENSEMBLES 2010:Resonance” (Otomo Yoshihide, Kikuchi Hirosihi, Horio Kanta, Aoyama Yasutomo, Nakazaki Tohru, Yaguchi Katsunobu, Gotou Hidekado, Mohri Yuko, Kondo Yoshiaki, Takada Masayoshi), Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Mito

2009
ICC Kids Program 2009 playful learning (MANABE Daito, ISHIBASHI Motoi, YANAGISAWA Tomoaki, HORIO Kanta), NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
Spark Festival, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

2008
REALY (w/Tetsuya Umeda), AD&A gallery, Osaka, Japan
21:100:100, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia

2007
Aoba-Ennichi (w/Tetsuya Umeda), Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan
Sound Effects Seoul 2007, Songwon Artcenter, Seoul, Korea
OPENPOOL, Bridge, Osaka, Japan

2005
Sun and Escape, Osaka Harbor Red Brick Warehouse, Osaka, Japan

Selected video screenings
2008 Elektra 9, Usine C, Montréal, Canada
2007 Sonar 2007, MACBA Auditorium, Barcelona, Spain
2005 Sounding Image/Moving Sound, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Catalogs
2008 21:100:100 -One Hundred Sound Works by One Hundred Artists From the 21st Century, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Australia
2007 Aoba-Ennichi 2 -Bending Mind, Sendai Mediatheque, Japan
2007 Sound+Art -Between Music, Media Art and the Simple Act of Listening, Misul Munhwa, Korea

DVD/CD
2009 Improvised Music from Japan 2009, Improvised Music from Japan (CD)
2009 Optofonica, 12k/LINE (DVD)
2004 Computer Music Journal vol.28, MIT Press (DVD)

Lectures / Workshops
2008 Eco Art Festa Osaka, Tenpozan Market Place, Osaka, Japan
2008 Zensors workshop, RADIALSYSTEM V, Berlin, Germany
2005 Audio Visual School Tokyo with Taeji Sawai and Daito Manabe.

Organized Events
2005 – current dorkbot tokyo with Kazuhiro JO and exonemo.
http://dorkbot.org/dorkbottokyo/
2005 bend++, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo, Japan (with Keisuke Oki, Akihiro Kubota and Christophe Charles)

Education

  • 1997 – 2001 Undergraduate student at Department of Acoustics, Kyushu Institute of Design
  • 2001 – 2004 Graduate student at Department of Acoustics, Kyushu Institute of Design

Professional career

  • 2004 – 2007 Research assistant at Department of Media Art, Tokyo Polytechnic University
  • 2005 – 2007 Adjunct teacher at Department of Design, Tokyo Zokei University
  • 2007 – 2008 Research assistant at Department of Information Design, Tama Art University
  • 2008 – Freelance artist and electronic device engineer