Tomomi Adachi: MAVOtek Part IV w/ Breeda CC + Kareth Schaffer at Hamburger Bahnhof / Thursday, 07.06.2018
MAVOtek is a series of performances, started in 2012, by Japanese performer and composer Tomomi Adachi. It is dedicated to the Japanese Dada movement group MAVO which was led by Tomoyoshi Murayama in the 1920s. In 1922, Murayama spent one year in Berlin and encountered many artists from the European avant-garde. One section of the Hello World exhibition is dedicated to the ties between the artists connected to the gallery and magazine Der Sturm and the MAVO group and magazine in Tokyo.
Part four of the series focuses on the German dancer Niddy Impekoven who inspired Murayama in his commitment to feminine performance art, and a possible meeting between Murayama and Hannah Höch whose Dada dolls helped form Murayama’s Conscious Constructivism.
Tomomi Adachi is a performer and composer, sound poet, instrument builder and visual artist. Known for his versatile style that spans from voice and electronics pieces to sound poetry, improvised music and contemporary music, he has also presented site-specific compositions, compositions for classical ensembles and choir pieces for untrained musicians all over the world.
He has been working with a wide range of materials; self-made physical interfaces and instruments, brainwave, artificial satellite, twitter texts, 3D printer, fracture and even paranormal phenomenas. He was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD in 2012.
The performance by Adachi, the puppet artist Breeda CC, dance artist Kareth Schaffer and additional performers largely develops out of the man-machine aesthetics of the 1920s, a culmination of the avant-garde in the eras of Taisho democracy in Japan and Weimar culture in Germany and also a harbinger of the body politics in the Fascist regimes in both Japan and Germany.