This collaboration will see the production of a new stage show that is unlike any other previous QUJAKU performances, incorporating different methods of projection, lighting, costume, set design, motion tracking and body mapping
TOURING THE UK IN NOVEMBER 2019
More details to be announced soon.
The project shall be developed through a series of international residencies between Hamamatsu (Japan) and Salford (UK) that will enable the artists the time and space needed to collaborate, develop new work, and to share skills and practices - engendering a deep creative and cultural exchange.
IMPATV and Fat Out creative director Emma Thompson, will be visiting Japan from 1st-19th June. During their time they will go on residency in Qujaku’s hometown of Hamamatsu and also connect with independent venues, art spaces, and interesting performances spaces - especially those championing experimental and alternative music.
“I am extremely excited to be commissioning this project and touring it around the Outlands network. The Japan & UK residencies will allow a deep creative partnership between Qujaku & IMPATV to be established and enable this ambitious AV touring production to be delivered. During our time in Japan, Fat Out will connect with independent venues, art spaces, and interesting performances spaces - especially those championing experimental and alternative music. We want to develop partnerships with these spaces and the people who run them, with the aim of working together to set up opportunities for artists and build partnerships between the UK and Japan in the future.”
Emma Thompson. Fat Out
Formed in 2013, QUJAKU are a Japanese heavy psychedelic rock band based in Shizuoka. Their dark and heavy psychedelia filled with rich distortion and feedback creates a unique decadent ambience which is beyond comparison. The apocalyptic sound fuels your hidden urge to release yourself from everyday surroundings, and you find there is not only a brutality but also an ephemeral beauty behind it. The delicate yet strong voice, destructive guitar with feedback, repetitive rhythmic percussion, and deep and bellowing bass build the Qujaku's unique sound and atmosphere which preoccupy your mind once you experience it.
“We’re delighted to be a part of the project. We’ve never had tours in collaboration with visual artists, it’s always exciting to do new things. The UK is one of the countries we enjoy playing most and people are always kind to us. We really look forward to playing in the country, working with people from the different culture and creating moments people enjoy themselves.” QUJAKU
IMPATV is a collaborative video and stage production project from UK artists Isadora Darke and Jamie Robinson. Using new digital technologies and live mixing methods combined with costumes and stage design they produce immersive installations, music videos, art and music productions.
“We first saw Qujaku live in 2016 and felt a sense of mysticism and otherworldliness through the intense stomping rhythm and eerie vocals. They have a completely different sound to any UK bands we know of and we’re excited to see how this will inform the imagery of the visuals we will create. Japanese culture values craft and technology and often combine to create beautiful art - we’re excited to immerse ourselves in this culture, to learn, to document, and to meet Qujaku and begin collaborating on making this exciting new work.” - IMPATV
Massive THANK YOU to Sam & Pippa at the De La Warr Pavilion for enabling this residency exchange through supporting us in successful funding grants from Daiwa & Saskawa Foundations.