stage zero

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 8:30 pm
ShoShô (Ichizu Hashimoto, live calligraphy, video and Junko Yamamoto, Japanese mouth organ, keyboard instruments)
Oliver Sascha Frick, electronics, sound direction
Julia Voit, media accompaniment
In cooperation with WKV
Limited number of participants
Registration starting on September 14, 2021


Zero' of the title stage zero does not mean nothing, it refers to the endless possibilities as it also contains the endless number scale of 0 < x < 1.

stage zero tests which scale from inaudible to audible, from invisible to visible, is possible. Perception in acoustic and visual space alternates between detailed observation and totality, between emptiness and events in flowing time. More and more the spectators and listeners feel themselves to be part of the stage events stage zero.


The duo ShoShô develops new artistic disciplines and forward-looking forms that imply different cognitive components: visual and acoustic, analog and digital, temporal and spatial, horizontal and vertical, borderless and bordering, monochrome and colorful, motionless and dynamic, uniform and heterogeneous, natural and distorted, accidental and necessary, traditional and emancipated. In the performance and installation-based exhibition of ShoShô, a visual and sonic landscape is created by calligrapher Ichizu Hashimoto and musician Junko Yamamoto.

Sho: Calligraphy
The expression of calligraphy in East Asia has been developing for 4000 years through the friction between the writing tool and the object (paper, wood stone...), also between the word and the opposing world. As a result, the line and the form of writing have evolved abstract and complex. The ink is considered the shadow of the word in calligraphy.

Shô: Japanese mouth organ
Shô is a mouth organ played in Japanese court music (gagaku). The trough-tongue instrument has 17 short bamboo pipes, one end of which is stuck in a wooden wind chamber into which air is blown and sucked through a short mouthpiece. The original form of the Shô family originated more than 2000 years ago in Southeast Asia, called "Khen" in Thailand and Laos. The direct predecessor of the Japanese Shô is the Chinese Sheng, it was introduced from China to Japan in or before the 8th century AD. The sound of the shô is often described as 'light from heaven'.

Supported by

City of Stuttgart
Musikfonds e.V. with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co.KG.

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