This was a relatively short lecture but I did enjoy it none the less. Akira seemed to be a pretty straight-forward guy who just went and did what he wanted to do. From what I could understand from the lecture and what Akira was trying to say was that was an "art-tainer". I liked how he doesn't just use one medium and how he just rides the technological changes and uses whatever medium he pleases. This is also similar of how he lives his life corresponding to his work. His work is what he loves to do and so he finds a way to make a living on what he loves to do and ignores all the other "rules."
As Neil mentioned, being an "art-tainer" is an interesting to describe one's self. First off, most installation individuals are in their actions, trying to entertain, or at least stimulate the audience, it comes with the territory. Secondly, I'm not so sure I can envision the same type of entertainment that Akira mentioned, as all I can envision is a circus style event.Akira to me is quite interesting, because I enjoy artist's who do not stick to "what they know." Akira molds with the flow, and uses what ever mediums he has available/interst in.
Yes, very short lecture compared to others- and much has been pointed out from the discussion. I did a little research on Akira (8GB) and saw some very interesting things he us doing with his music, particularly the gadgets he is using and creating- for example, an old school gameboy to create those awesome 8bit noises =P. Akira does not limit himself to a certain tool, but how can you when you are trying to create new sounds or explore music in general? To create a new sound you must create a new or unconventional way of making that sound, yes?For those who are interested please check outhttp://www.kikencorp.comhttp://www.myspace.com/8gb
Yes, this lecture was sweet and to the point. I liked how he told us to do what we love, no matter what, and not worry about the job. I know Raph likes to tell us this, and I'm sure he was quite pleased when Akira told us. I'm not sure if Raph slipped him a bribe to put that in or not. I digress. I agree with Will when it comes to artists, it's better to find someone who doesn't stick to "what they know," because that can get really boring. Seeing someone do the same thing over and over, just with a different image, or sound.
I really was touched when Akira told us to do what we love, because it becomes harder and harder in this day and age to be able to do that. There is so much red tape, so much bureaucracy to go through just to do something as simple as submit a film to a festival, or create your own major, that artists are becoming hampered. People like Akira amaze me because they somehow manage to do what they love, and be free, and be what they are. He spoke about his work as an art-tainer, as many have already mentioned, and I thought this was very interesting that he made a differentiation between artists and entertainers. I know I am always spouting off about how theater as a medium may be different because of the nature of performance, but I don't believe I ever once said that a painter can't be an entertainer, and you will never hear me say that. I think that there are certainly different genres of "art-tainment", and that these pander to different audiences just like there are different genres of films that pander to different audiences, but this does not make any artist less of an entertainer just because of what his or her medium is. I also loved that Akira works in mixed media and that if he gets an idea to try a new medium out, he will just go and do it, but I think that, although the term "art-tainer" is cute, it may be a little redundant...
Its great to see people out of the state of Maine, and out of the US, and to listen to their stories. I totally agree with Akira in that we should do what we want, and to find what it is that we love and take our dreams and live them. I’ve always followed what my heart has told me when its come to the need to be creative. I think he hit the nail on the head by telling us to do what it is that we love, and not to worry about getting a job, jobs will always present themselves.I completely agree with will in that Akira is not unique but that he is of the stock of an artist who works with what has to be creative with, and its those types of artists that help drive technique and the fringe forward, because they are constantly evolving and changing with what it is that they are working with.
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